(8) Jill Boehler, Chilly Jilly
Ms. Boehler worked for years as a speech pathologist. Then, one day, she got cold at a restaurant while sitting too close to an air conditioner. Ms. Boehler is a typical entrepreneur, seeking to improve solutions. For years, she authored teaching materials for customers who needed to work on their speech after a stroke. Chilly Jilly got its start when Boehler started making various wraps that could be used as a shawl or a scarf. Today, Boehler’s items are sold at Bed, Bath, and Beyond and on her company’s online marketplace. In 2009, her company grossed $300,000 in sales and her wealth continues to grow.