Shelly Sun Named in Inc.’s Annual Female Founders 100 List
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Shelly Sun Named in Inc.’s Annual Female Founders 100 List

The entrepreneurs on Inc.'s third annual Female Founders 100 list have transformed every major industry in America

October 22, 2020 // Franchising.com // ?GURNEE, IL - Inc. announced its third annual Female Founders 100 list, honoring an influential, ambitious, and diverse group of 100 women who are building America's most inspiring businesses on October 13.

The final list honors entrepreneurs of every age, background, and geography - from very early-stage founders with world-changing ideas to women who have taken companies public, sold them to big buyers, or spent decades building and running their businesses. These women are leading innovative companies in a vast range of global industries, including tech, retail, finance, fitness, health care, consumer products, food, and more.

“I am unbelievably honored to be part of this year’s Female Founders 100 list put on by Inc.,” said Shelly Sun, CEO and Founder of BrightStar Care. “It is such a privilege to be hand selected by such a prestigious business outlet and be recognized amongst such remarkable women who are true role models in entrepreneurship.”

Shelly’s relentless pursuit to provide a higher standard of care meant working hard to ensure that locally owned and operated BrightStar Care agencies are Joint Commission accredited, the same organization that accredits the best hospitals. This passion led to BrightStar Care being the only national home care franchise to earn the Enterprise Champion for Quality Award eight years in a row.

While the pandemic was unexpected, with Shelly’s leadership BrightStar Care has been able to thrive and care for the most vulnerable population even in these unprecedented times. Shelly invested $2 million dollars in PPE (personal protective equipment) this year to not only keep clients and caregivers safe, but to help the entire franchise community reopen safely by partnering with distributors and Fortune 500 brands. Shelly has gone above and beyond and continues to make the community’s safety a top priority. Shelly served as the International Franchise Association (IFA) Chairwoman 2017–2018, was named IFA 2009 Entrepreneur of the Year, and is the author of Grow Smart, Risk Less, where she discusses her journey as an emerging franchisor.

Inc. editors and writers spent the past year researching candidates for the list, considering a wealth of exciting and accomplished candidates. For the first time, Inc. also invited founders to apply for the list - and to nominate another founder who has particularly impressed them. Each of the founders selected has left her mark on her industry in the past year, by setting audacious goals or by achieving business milestones. Taken together, they represent the female-led future of business.

“Our team vetted thousands of applications to find the 100 women highlighted on this list. It’s the most inspiring work we do all year, and we’re so thrilled to be able to feature these fierce, accomplished entrepreneurs and start to give them the recognition they deserve,” said Inc. editor-at-large Kimberly Weisul.

To see the complete list, go to the Inc. website.

Introduced in 2018, the Female Founders 100 list was quickly established as one of Inc.’s most esteemed franchises. This year’s package includes a cover story on Sara Menker, founder and CEO of Gro Intelligence, a technology company that is bridging data gaps across the global agriculture sector, empowering decision makers, and creating a more informed, connected, efficient, and productive global agriculture industry; as well as business advice from all of the founders on the topics of big ideas, people, money, culture, and customers.

Inc.’s Female Founders 100 issue (November 2020) is available online now and on newsstands beginning October 27. Join the Female Founders 100 conversation using #FemaleFounders.

About Inc. magazine

The world’s most trusted business-media brand, Inc. offers entrepreneurs the knowledge, tools, connections, and community to build great companies. Its award-winning, multiplatform content reaches more than 50 million people each month across a variety of channels, including websites, newsletters, social media, podcasts, and print. Its prestigious Inc. 5000 list, produced every year since 1982, analyzes company data to recognize the fastest-growing privately held businesses in the United States. The global recognition that comes with inclusion among the 5000 gives the founders of the best businesses an opportunity to engage with an exclusive community of their peers, and the credibility that helps them drive sales and recruit talent. The associated Inc. 5000 Conference is part of a highly acclaimed portfolio of bespoke events produced by Inc.

About BrightStar Care

Based in Chicago, BrightStar Care is a national private duty home care and medical staffing franchise with nearly 340 locations which provide medical and non-medical services to clients within their homes, as well as supplemental care staff to corporate clients. BrightStar Care franchise locations across the country employ over 20,000 caregivers and over 3,500 nurses who play a unique role in overseeing the care for each individual client. In addition, BrightStar Care is the only national home care franchise to receive The Joint Commission's Enterprise Champion for Quality award every year since the award's inception. For more information on BrightStar Care please visit the company website.

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