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Auto Industry Advice Tailored to Women

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Small Business of the Day: Ask Patty.com

Who: Jody DeVere, 56, @askpatty

What: An automotive advice site for women

When: 2006

How: The idea to start up her business came to DeVere while she was working as a consultant for automotive service providers. She noticed a major gap in the industry for addressing women.

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"I realized there was a black hole in terms of addressing the needs of women," she said. "I saw an opportunity."

Where: Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Biggest lesson learned: "Although women are the primary purchasers and ones who take vehicles in for service, there is a bit of resistance to serve the needs of women, and recognize them as the majority shoppers for cars," DeVere said. "[The industry] needs to be woken up to address the needs of women to better win marketshare."

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