The 2010 Inc. 5000: The Top 10 Women Entrepreneurs

Maria Vogt CEO and President Ayuda Management
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Maria Vogt, CEO and President

Ayuda Management
Broomfield, Colorado

No. 22
2009 Revenue: $20.7 million
Three-Year Growth: 7,443.8%

Vogt (left) learned what it takes to win government contracts from her father's IT company. Though IT wasn't Vogts calling, she applied the skills she learned from her father to her own construction contracting business, which she founded in 2002. In 2006, however, she teamed up Sonya Yungeberg, who is now co-owner of Ayuda Management. Vogt says the company has grown dramatically since the two women began collaborating. "She's made the difference in our company," Vogt says.