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Ross a legal voice for R.I. small-business owners

'I've encountered resistance in the marketplace for a competent woman.'

Miriam A. Ross may have the secret to being a successful business owner – and balancing that with other professional, as well as personal, obligations and interests – and the answer isn’t all that surprising. More

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Ross a legal voice for R.I. small-business owners

'I've encountered resistance in the marketplace for a competent woman.'

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Miriam A. Ross may have the secret to being a successful business owner – and balancing that with other professional, as well as personal, obligations and interests – and the answer isn’t all that surprising.

It takes passion, direction, and lots of hard work, she says.

“I’m up early and I’m up late,” said Ross, who has run her own law firm, Law Offices of Miriam A. Ross Esq., in Providence for the last eight years. “To be successful in anything, you need to be doing something that you love and [from which] you derive benefit, from both a financial and psychological perspective. [When you’re doing that], it all sort of falls in place.”

Of course, as hard work would imply, getting to that point isn’t quite that easy.

Ross wrapped up her philosophy on how to do it all while reflecting on the path her life and career have taken, from growing up in 1960s Ohio – where, she said, she was given needed encouragement to forge her own future – to becoming one of very few women-owned law firms in Rhode Island.

She recently was named the U.S. Small Business Administration’s New England Women in Business Champion of the Year, an honor she said she was humbled to receive.

Though she is, in her own words, “quite measured” in what she openly shares, she did admit that there have been expected bumps along the road to success.

“I have encountered, as I think most professional women have, resistance in the marketplace for a competent woman,” she said. “I think women, because we do so much, we tend to discount our own value and so I think there are general obstacles we are still working to overcome.”

After obtaining a bachelor’s degree at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Ross earned her law degree at Cleveland State University, College of Law.

She began her career practicing corporate law, working first in the automotive industry in Ohio and then moving to what ultimately became Textron, Inc., in Michigan, until that position required her to relocate to the Providence area.

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