Startups Marry Youth, Experience - Kerry Hannon

When Nancy Burkhart, 69, graduated in 1966 from UCLA with a degree in anthropology, she “wanted to save the world," she recalled. And today, with the help of her daughter Jessica Arellano, 36, she feels as if she is doing that, in her own way. The two own and operate Earth Safe Finishes, a nontoxic paint and finishes company based in Moorpark, Calif., that they founded in 2007.

Burkhart attributes their success to the support she received from other entrepreneurial women and from local agencies, like the Ventura County SCORE group, which is composed of retired executives who provide counseling to small businesses, and the Ventura County Small Business Development Corp.

 

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