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Rarity: Female business owner thriving with landscaping shop

Donna Matako owns of The Lady Bug. Donna Matako owns of The Lady Bug.
The Lady Bug in Canal Fulton. The Lady Bug in Canal Fulton.

Since she was child, Donna Matako didn't play like other little girls.

"I went fishing, camping, metal detecting," said Matako. 

So it's no surprise that her business, The Lady Bug isn't like the others either. 

Matako owns one of the few female owned landscaping businesses in the Canal Fulton area. 

"It's funny to watch a customer walk and he'll walk over to who he thinks the guy in charge is, and when they point to me, they're like 'oh'," laughed Matako. 

Most of the employees at The Lady Bug are men but they say it makes no difference with Matako. 

"She works just as hard as the guys, sometimes even harder," said Tim Hoy, landscaper at The Lady Bug. 

Just like the plants in her nursery, Matako's business is also growing. 

She opened The Lady Bug garden center two weeks ago. Matako also plans to expand her business and begin growing organic foods. 

Customers are drawn to her unique "Lady Bug" identity, but in the beginning she shied away from it.  She used her initials instead of her name.

"I was afraid there would be a perception, you know, she's a woman she can't do the business," explained Matako.  

When she changed the name officially to The Lady Bug, business boomed. 

"All my customers went crazy about it," said Matako. 

Now as a confident and successful entrepreneur Matako, encourages other women to break through the glass ceiling and achieve their dreams. 

"You have to take the chance and believe in yourself and just do it," said Matako. 

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