President of the company since 2000, Bridget Shuel-Walker, 42, oversees a distribution operation with $180 million in annual
sales and a work force of more than 400, making it the second-largest woman-owned business in Indianapolis.
The hiring of minority- and women-owned
businesses to work on the $275 million Indiana Convention Center expansion is far ahead of state requirements and has surpassed
rates that were registered for the $715 million Lucas Oil Stadium project.
Some local women business owners are encouraged by the election of President Barack Obama and his appointment of a new chief at the Small Business Administration who is thought to be especially interested in the needs of women-owned businesses.
Jenny Schott Androne, the president and founder of Schott Design Inc., one of the city's largest interior design firms, has
amassed a diverse array of clients largely by marketing to building managers and landlords, as well as leasing agents and