Girls’ Club: Women Take Charge in Male Dominated Industries

ERIN O’BRIEN

In American Express‘s 2013 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, Ohio’s 259,600 companies helmed by women earn the state the ranking of ninth in the nation. Per the US Census Bureau, nearly 30,000 of those female-led firms are here in Cuyahoga County.

While women gravitate to all sectors of the business community, there is something particularly satisfying about a lady boss in a machine shop or other nontraditional field. After all, there’s a little love for Rosie the Riveter in all of us. Fresh Water sat down with some lady leaders in places where you don’t usually find them to get an insider’s glimpse of this unique Cleveland girls’ club.

Say Berea Moving and it’s likely to evoke an image of burly men in thick coveralls pushing two-wheeled dollies.

You’ll probably spot that activity at the company, which is located in the Puritas Longmeade neighborhood. After all, Berea handles its share of conventional moving jobs. But they also handle unusual items such as Janis Joplin’s Porsche, a 2,000-pound pizza oven, cell phone towers and the personal effects of the country’s military personnel as they move from place to place. And all of this activity takes place under the watchful eye of President and CEO Lisa Holly, who sticks close to the action.

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