Sharp Rise in Women-Owned Georgia Businesses

December 9, 2010  |  

(AJC) — When Mitzi Smith Moore started in plumbing two decades ago, she never imagined she would one day own her own plumbing company.  Moore, who had a bachelor’s in finance and was months away from a master’s in middle childhood education, joined her father’s plumbing business in 1990 after a divorce made her the sole breadwinner for a newborn and a toddler.  “I needed money for diapers and formula,” she said. “It was supposed to be short-term until I could get back on my feet.” Today, Moore, owner of Marietta-based Sundial Plumbing, is part of the nation’s growing community of women-owned businesses. She opened the business in 1999 with her father, whom she eventually bought out, after falling in love with the vocation.

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