“Women are still forging new ground,” said Marianne Markowitz, regional administrator of the Small Business Administration. Markowitz toured Direct Steel Thursday, a woman-owned general contractor, supply and construction firm at 3321 S. Route 31, Crystal Lake.
President Rosemary Swierk started the company in 2004. “SCORE assigned me a retired general contractor as a mentor,” she said. “That relationship has been very beneficial.”
“I still talk to him once or twice a year at this point,” Swierk said of her SCORE mentor. “And every time I talk to him I still get one or two ‘light bubs,’ pieces of information,” she said.