The Witchita Eagle:

Beth Tully had a lucrative 10-year career as an account rep for Coca-Cola when her 50th birthday delivered a “total lightbulb experience.”

“My birthday was approaching, and I was wholly dissatisfied with any career path I’d been on,” Tully said.

“I’d excelled at anything I’d put my mind to, but I felt like a square peg in a round hole.”

While in Mexico with friends and family to celebrate that birthday, the lightbulb came on: Tully’s passion was making chocolate. Two years later, she started Cocoa Dolce Artisan Chocolates.

For Cindy Carnahan , the trigger was the end of her music group, Spirit.

“I’d been in business a long time before I realized that I needed to do something a little differently,” she said.

When her group folded, “I went into a funk. I couldn’t create anything new.”

So with the aid of the Strategic Coach Program, she honed in on her entrepreneurial idea — computer software to enable real-time real estate communication with her clients.

Photo by Cocoa Dolce Artisan Chocolates.

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