In this issue you will meet many of the local women who are making that progress possible at the local level, from those starting and running successful small companies to those managing large companies or divisions of large companies. We applaud these efforts. We need and appreciate the jobs that they are adding to our local economy. By introducing them here, we hope you will get to know them better, support their efforts and utilize their products and services. Their ongoing success is critical to the wellbeing of our community.