Is Miss Nebraska an Entrepreneur?By
When Sue Drakeford became the first African-American to represent Nebraska at the Miss USA Pageant in 2001, she saw a great business opportunity. She would start a production company that would host its own pageants and teach others like her gain the confidence and skills to compete in the real world. The company would provide an alternative to the "cold-blooded cutthroat world of modeling and beauty pageants" that she endured. So Sue completed her MBA and started her venture—all while working full-time at a regional bank. Her company, Drakeford Productions, is now two years old and employs seven. It doesn't produce anything (except beauty queens) and isn't really innovating under the traditional definition of business innovation espoused at business schools.
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