3. Kathy Mills, Strategic Communications
Mills and her husband started a computer store in 1984, after a persuasive conversation from a Commodore representative. It was one of the first computer stores in Louisville, Ky. Eight years later, they sold that business, and she opened Strategic Communications in 1994. Her new business would initially focus on selling long distance to small businesses, but the company has grown to become an integrated technology solutions provider, including voice, data, video, cybersecurity and wireless services.