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During the 1970s, Alice Combs, undeterred by a former employer’s snobbish pronouncement, “You’re not corporate material,” transformed herself from divorced mother on food stamps to successful entrepreneur. Resolute, Alice overcame her initial ignorance of the recycling trade and recovered from the many novice mistakes she inevitably made while teaching herself to operate Vulcan Wire, which would slowly become a thriving business despite an embezzling partner, cutthroat competitors, and several employees who proved unreliable when they were most needed. Alice refused to be intimidated and wouldn’t take no for an answer. Her exceptional achievement in a traditionally male arena is an inspiration for all women who aspire to the heights of success in their chosen fields.
“Alice Combs’s memoir about her struggles to create a good career for herself in a male-dominated business world is a page-turner. Alice is such a vivid character! I came to admire her courage and her determination to do what was right for herself and her two girls. The book is very worth reading, a clear reminder of how exceptionally strong women have in recent times made real headway for younger women in the workplace.”
—Ida Rae Egli, author of No Rooms of their Own: Women Writers of Early California, 1848–1869
“Alice Combs provides a refreshing and unabashed tale of business-building success that’s an endless source of motivation and practical wisdom for any entrepreneur who wants to succeed in the face of overwhelming odds. The Lady with Balls is a rip-roaring, can’t-put-it-down, roller-coaster ride!”
—John C. Robinson, best-selling author of Webinars That Sell: How to Turn Your Online Presentations into Virtual Cash Machines
“Written with the same verve Alice Combs demonstrated when building a thriving business from nothing. An exhilarating and inspiring read.”
—Norma Watkins, Ph.D., author of The Last Resort and That Woman from Mississippi