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Black Bay Area Businesswomen Strive to Beat Odds

Karen Smith worked for decades as an office administrator and hated it. So she changed her life radically: She launched a business making jewelry five years ago. At first, she made beaded bracelets. Then she taught herself how to work with metal, mostly by reading books and watching YouTube videos. “I looooove doing this,” said Smith, as she lit a torch in her tiny Oakland studio and soldered a silver ribbon to make a ring. “I have never in my adult life had a job where I felt the freedom and passion that I feel now with my work. This is what I’m meant to do.”
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