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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?

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.