In this episode, how Mary Dougherty turned her natural business savvy and hunger for success to into profitable small businesses in the fashion space, first as a successful retail wholesaler, and later the owner and operator of Nicole Miller Philadelphia. The name Nicole Miller may be familiar to you. As the “queen of the little black dress,” this fashion label has been loved and worn across the globe since 1982. Perhaps a lesser known fact about the company is that it works with a network of independently owned boutiques to sell its merchandise. Having made a name for herself in the male-dominated industry of wholesale fashion, Mary Dougherty was recruited by designer Nicole Miller to become a retailer. Mary’s unique experience and perspective were her secret weapons, allowing her to make shrewd decisions that earned her the credit of becoming an “overnight success”. Mary sat down with us to recount her story and share with us how she became a top independent retailer in the city of Philadelphia. Are you connected with Extra/Ordinary Small Business? Instagram: @extraordinarysmallbusiness Facebook: @extraordinarysmallbusiness Online: extraordinarysmallbusiness.com <-- Sign up for our email! Want to be featured on Extra/Ordinary Small Business? Head to extraordinarysmallbusiness.com to apply.