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Jennifer G. Lourie on the Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Mass.

Photograph composites by Josh Andrus; Hair and makeup by Angela Marinis; Photograph retouching by Picturebox Creative

President, CEO, and owner since 1999 of State Cleaning Service (No. 50), a Needham-based building maintenance company started by Lourie’s late father in 1971 

What was one of your most important early leadership lessons?

To not be afraid to make a difficult (or unpopular) decision. More than likely, you’ll look back and wish you had made the decision sooner.

 Who is your most important mentor?

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My father was my mentor. He taught me humility, perseverance — and that I had the power to make my own destiny.

View the 2014 Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts list.

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