Marilyn Mojahed remembers seeing her aunt and uncle run their clothing stores in the Imperial Valley. "The retail business was always very exciting to me," she recalled. "And I remember thinking, at age 15, someday I want to have a business."
And now she does. The 49-year-old from San Diego runs Victori Ana, a gift shop in Glendale.
During most of her career, she worked as a secretary for various unions.
In 1975, she left secretarial work and went into real estate. She and her husband, an interior designer, bought houses with the idea of refurbishing and then reselling them.
When the real estate business slumped in 1980, Mojahed returned to secretarial work and took a job working for the Glaziers, Architectural, Metal and Glassworkers Union's Local 636.
For the next seven years, she continued to think about owning a business. She attended gift and furniture shows with her husband and talked with people in the retail business. With her 50th birthday only a year off, Mojahed decided to make her dream a reality.