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Sarah Calhoun, of Red Ants Pants, is SBA's 2012 Women in Business Champion for Montana, Region VIII, and most recently named the National Women in Business Champion.
Calhoun is the owner/founder of Red Ants Pants as well and President/founder of the Red Ants Pants Foundation, both of which are based in White Sulphur Springs.
Calhoun founded Red Ants Pants in 2006. The company designs and manufactures durable, high quality workwear for women. However, in the eyes of her customers, Red Ants Pants – and by extension, Calhoun – is about more than a pair of pants. Sarah represents a product that supports women in non-traditional roles and provides cultural support.
In 2011, Calhoun founded the Red Ants Pants Foundation. This not-for-profit group promotes efforts to develop and expand leadership roles for women. Calhoun is a strong advocate for small businesses, and recently participated in the White House Business Council Forum on Jobs and Economic Competitiveness. Calhoun, along with 100 other business leaders around the country briefed White House officials on a variety of issues including employment, the economy, and job creation.
Calhoun is an important member of her local business community and works to strengthen the role of female entrepreneurs within that community. She works with the White Sulphur Springs High School to organize internships for young women interested in business. Interns work at the company's downtown location and learn about entrepreneurship and business management.
Calhoun was selected as this year's recipient, because she is the whole package - she is an inspiring and successful entrepreneur, an advocate for small business, and a role model and "poster child" for women in business.
Ryan Hansen, of Montana Community Development Corporation, nominated Calhoun for this award.
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