Top 10 Female Entrepreneurs

Left to Right: Elizabeth Guezzale and Bradley Owen, Business Development Director. Courtesy Company
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Elizabeth Guezzale, Founder and President

Cask
San Diego

No. 57
2010 Revenue: $8.9 million
Three-Year Growth: 3,714%

Though the federal government is now one of Cask’s biggest clients, Elizabeth Guezzale didn’t start the company with that in mind. She shifted the company’s focus from private to government clients when the recession began and private sector opportunities made themselves scarce. Guezzale, who worked as an independent contractor before starting Cask in 2004, has said she encountered some gender bias after entering the IT field, but that any discrimination she faced only encouraged her to work harder.