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Thursday, June 08, 2006

Top Women-led companies in Florida

Wow, what an impressive group of women business owners and leaders in Florida! Yesterday, I attended a luncheon sponsored by The Commonwealth Institute South Florida, a women's networking group. TCI and Florida International just completed a first-time survey of women who run businesses larger than $3 million in revenue. Top of the list: Pat Moran, chair of JM Family Enterprises in Deerfield Beach with $9.4 billion in revenue.
I sat next to Mercedes LaPorta, owner of Mercedes Electrical Supply. She's a true inspiration. She has built her Miami electrical equipment company into a $20 million business. Her daughter joined us at our table. Clearly, Mercedes has been a great role model. Her daughter is graduating from design school and has set her sights on moving to New York to start her career and probably her own business too, some day.
The survey shows women at the top of Florida companies are balancing work and family and feel they are doing it well. Most of these women are married, with an average of two children. Who says women can't do it all? The list of the top 50 women-led business and the study and analysis can be accessed here.

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