EP-004 Jo Ellen Soesbee

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Jo Ellen Soesbee was instantly my best friend from the moment we got on the phone and figured out how to upload her Skype since she got a brand new computer before starting our interview!  She is completely down to earth and I love the fact that she practices smiling (even in her car!) and that we eat Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups exactly the same way (even if mine are vegan!).  You’re gonna fall in love with Jo Ellen Soesbee and this lovely episode!

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Jo Ellen Soesbee is the CEO and founder of ToolBox TomGirl, LLC a home and commercial repair company.  Her company offers repair services for home owners and facility maintenance repairs for retail/commercial companies. Jo Ellen offers a women-to-women contractor side to the business.  Jo Ellen is the proud recipient of one of the 2009 & 2012 Top 100 Minority Business awards for Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and DC, and was named the 2012 Woman of the Year for the Association of Builders and Contractors. She was recently (2015) given an award from the Baltimore Business Journal for being one of the top 50 fastest growing companies in the Baltimore area.

Jo Ellen is a trainer and educator.  She received her B.S. degree from the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School in Business Leadership. She developed her business plan while at Hopkins and has not looked back since.

Jo Ellen is an instructor with Anne Arundel Community College as well as various senior centers in the surrounding counties. She teaches women the basics of home repairs, drywall repair, Woodworking 101, maintenance classes, as well as gives advice and information on how to become “green” around the home to save money and the environment.  Jo Ellen gives hands-on training in small home repairs, hosts a monthly repair club, and presents talks and seminars on home repairs as well as lectures on what it takes to become a woman in business.

On the personal side, Jo Ellen is the mother of 29 year-old twins (yes, Jo Ellen is an older worker), and a grandmother. She is passionate about her work and thrives on having fun as well as working hard.

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Want to learn more about Jo Ellen? Check her out on www.toolboxtomgirl.com!

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