On Friday, the insureon team hosted a customer appreciation even in Las Vegas, Nevada, with our newest partner, MMA Champion Ronda Rousey. Attendees enjoyed an evening at the Hard Rock Hotel and got to meet Ronda, our guest of honor.
While we enjoyed the entire event, one of our favorite parts was learning that Ronda’s mother is an entrepreneur!
We’ve written before about how Ronda’s hard work in a solitary and challenging sport parallels the work small-business owners do every day, so we weren’t surprised to learn that she was raised by an entrepreneur.
Here’s her mother’s story.
Ann Maria Rousey DeMars, Cofounder of Spirit Lake Consulting
Dr. Ann Maria Rousey DeMars, Ronda Rousey’s mother, made a name for herself in judo just as her daughter has done. After her athletic career ended, Dr. DeMars channeled her athlete’s focus and drive into the cofounding of Spirit Lake Consulting, a company that works to improve living conditions on Indian reservations and in other disadvantaged communities.
As Vice President of the firm, Dr. DeMars has secured grants for the company worth more than $15 million. Like many entrepreneurs, she leveraged her educational and professional background to solve a problem she saw in the world and help people whose needs were being overlooked.
Since its founding in 2001, Spirit Lake Consulting has provided valuable job and professional training for individuals with disabilities. Today, the firm aims to prepare the people it serves for employment that can support them and their families.
Celebrate the Small-Business Owners in Your Life!
We’re always happy to meet new small-business owners and hear their stories – and we’d love to hear from you about the small-business owners who make your everyday life great. Feel free to post stories about your favorite butcher, baker, candlestick maker, or other entrepreneur.
Or show them how much you care by sending them to www.SmallBusinessHeroes.com, insureon’s wish-granting program for small-business owners around the country. There, they can submit a wish for something that would help their business grow. We grant about one wish per week, and so far we’ve found that when small businesses win, everybody wins!
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