Leah Baum painting building trim
Grant Recipient

February 7, 2022

January 2022 “Skilled Trades” Business Category Grant Awarded to Paint Baum

Paint Baum

Woman Entrepreneur:
Leah Baum

Where Is She Now?

Followup in January 2024:

Learn how Leah continues to overcome the obstacles to business success within a skilled trade industry.
Read her interview here.

Our first $10,000 grant winner for 2022 and the January Business-Specific Category (Skilled Trades) goes to Leah Baum, founder of Paint Baum painting company.

She told us her story about being undervalued while working for a male-owned painting company. Leah said:
“A bottle of water is worth $0.32 at the grocery store. That same bottle of water, $2 at the gas station. $3 at a restaurant, $4 at the airport and $5 in the mini fridge of the hotel. If you are not being valued, switch up your surroundings and go find you worth elsewhere. I am $5 bottle of water.”

That drive led Leah to start her Paint Baum.

Leah added: “I set out to run a high end residential painting company, Paint Baum. We have two slogan, Female Owned – Details Shown. And, Don’t Bomb the Paint Job, Remember Paint Baum for the Job. We don’t want to be the cheapest company doing poor craftsmanship. We aim to be the best. We take the time and tape caulk all of lines for the sharpest outcomes.”

Leah plans on using the $10,000 grant to purchase software for job estimates, business planning, client management and leads. We’re so excited to see where she goes for 2022 and beyond!!

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