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Colleen McCarty, 28

Communications Specialist, The Bama Companies
, Tulsa
“Most times people don’t think of artists and writers as business people, but we are,” says McCarty, “and we’re selling the toughest kind of product: ourselves.” The communications specialist for Bama Companies published her first novel, Mounting the Whale, late last year while running her company’s department and operating Mod’s Coffee and Crepes (the restaurant she owns with her husband). But whether she’s launching a company project or her own venture, she keeps to a rule that has helped in her success. “Don’t compare yourself to others; just try to be better than you were yesterday,” she says.