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Turning a profit for progress: How a local business owner is helping other female entrepreneurs [Video]

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ROANOKE, Va. – Turning a profit for progress, a local entrepreneur is starting a business to help women in Latin American communities by bringing a piece of Ecuador to Roanoke.

Woven Artisan Gallery is an online collection of artisan products for your home handcrafted by women in Ecuador. It’s a passion project for Roanoke architect Josephine Arbaugh, originally from Ecuador, who’s starting the business with the help of the Gauntlet Business Program and Competition.

Arbaugh’s mission is to partner with artisans and designers to help them overcome barriers to success that female entrepreneurs face in developing countries.

“It’s very empowering to be able to bring something new to the area. Something that people may not experience otherwise, products that have a lot of stories and impacts,” Arbaugh said. “Within the gallery website, we will be sharing the story of the artisans that create the product as well as the processes that go into creating each piece.”


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Create your dream home with Structural Hawaii [Video]

Structural Hawaii, Inc. is a family-owned business that was started by Jeoffrey and Cheryl Cudiamat in 2004. The company prides itself on being a full service residential design and engineering company, serving as a one-stop shop to ensure the job gets done right from beginning to end.Sponsored by Structural Hawaii, Inc.Structural Hawaii provides conceptual design, structural and civil engineering analysis, permit processing, and site observations and inspections during construction. The team oversees the project from the beginning during the design process through its completion during construction.We have a team of experienced residential home designers as well as structural and civil engineers on staff, says CEO Jeoffrey Cudiamat. We have an in-house permit processor that routes and tracks plans through the permit process to expedite approvals with various agency from the City and State. In addition, as certified inspectors, we are able to provide inspections and reports during construction to ensure plans are being adhered to per code.Structural Hawaii has been doing residential designs in Hawaii for over 16 years. Today, it uses a state-of-the-art 3D scanning machine to get accurate field measurements with precision to the nearest milometer. These can produce precise drawings that can potentially reduce construction problems that result from inaccurate field measurements taken at the beginning of the project.When homeowners come to Structural Hawaii, we know that they come to us with a dream of building a home not a house, Cudiamat says. Designing and engineering a home comes with a lot of responsibility.You can rest assured knowing that Structural Hawaii has experience with local codes and understanding local living styles, which is sure to make the planning process easier for owners. As a Third Party Review company, Structural Hawaii can review building plans on behalf of the City, so the company has to be knowledgeable of what will pass approval by the permitting department.Having worked on very large extravagant homes as well as many modest and simple additions or renovations, Structural Hawaii is sure to help homeowners with this new journey every step of the way from beginning to end.For more information: