Team efforts: Cain Travel tops Camera's list of women-owned businesses
By Alicia Wallace
National and international corporate travel has steadily increased, and the agency has added a number of accounts in Colorado and other states. In 2006, the Cain Travel Group Inc. recorded $67.5 million in sales, earning it the top spot this year in the Camera's annual rankings of women-owned firms in Boulder and Broomfield counties.
But while owners of successful firms often get the accolades, Cain is quick to say she doesn't deserve the sole credit.
It was a team effort.
"I've just been so fortunate and so lucky," she says. "I really don't feel like it's anything that I've done on my own. Our longevity with our employees is a real asset to our company."
The Camera ranks the Top 25 businesses that are at least 50 percent women-owned by their 2006 sales, figures the firms provided.
Buffalo Supply, which provides the federal government with medical supplies, finished second behind Cain Travel, with $61.4 million in sales. The Top 5 was rounded out by Fresh Produce Sportswear, with $52 million; MeyersDining Insurance LLC, with $38.7 million; and Sounds True, with $17.8 million.
The Camera began compiling this list in October, when requests for submissions were published in the paper and online. The companies that made submissions last year and other known women-owned firms from the community were contacted by Camera staff as well.
Companies that submitted information and did not disclose sales — or did not have high enough revenue to make the Top 25 — are listed alphabetically here.
The majority of the businesses on this year's Top 25 are familiar from previous years' lists, such as Sounds True, CueStix International and eQuilter.
EQuilter, an online company that provides quilting fabrics and supplies, has experienced steady increases in its business for the past couple of years, says Luana Rubin, who co-founded the company with her husband.
"We had a noticeable uptick in our business," she says. "I believe people are truly feeling that the Internet retail age has arrived as people are used to ordering on the Internet."
Of the handful of companies that had never been ranked in the Top 25 until this year, dog camp franchise company Camp Bow Wow and John Deere and Hesston Hay dealership Longs Peak Equipment Company made the biggest splashes. The companies ranked No. 7 and No. 8, respectively.
"I'm one of the only women franchise (company) owners in the industry," said Camp Bow Wow founder Heidi Flammang. "So it's definitely a man's world out there.
"It's been a challenge, although I have been welcomed with open arms. ... I think we've got a long way to go, but I'm a huge fan of pushing the women entrepreneurs to succeed in whatever they choose."
On a very heartbreaking note, perennial Top 25 company Dynamic Design & Manufacturing did not make this year's list. Peggy E. Chapman, who served as president of the metal fabricating and welding firm, died in a car accident in New Mexico in August. Chapman is survived by her husband, Bob; daughter, Rachel; mother, Joan Mille; and four brothers and one sister.