by Robin Layton

This edition of Prescott LIVING celebrates our leaders in business, starting with the area’s talented pool of young professionals who make significant contributions in their fields and in their communities.

Our 40 Under 40 feature honors these individuals. They are men and women who started their own companies or are rising through the ranks of their chosen field. Their lives are busy and focused, but they still take time to serve their communities through nonprofits, churches and community organizations.

A growing force

Did you know women are the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. economy? According to the Chronicle of Philanthrophy, females are starting businesses at six times the rate of men and are responsible for purchasing 85 to 95 percent of all household goods and services sold in the country. By the way, that amounts to just over $7 trillion!

In our Women in Business section, we share the stories of the many accomplished businesswomen in the Quad Cities … doctors, entrepreneurs, educators, managers, directors and more.

Working together

Collaboration is the name of the game in business. A gender-diverse workplace can spark creativity and lead to new processes or business opportunities. Everyone has their own diverse story and experience that they bring to their work site. Prescott-area companies welcome that diversity and sense of collaboration. We can all be successful, together.