After the death of her father in 1980, Cindy Wertheimer and her mother took the helm of their family's business in suburban Chicago.

Soon after, their line of credit was revoked because the bank didn't feel a widow and her daughter could handle the responsibility, according to Ms. Wertheimer, who is now company president.

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