As a single mother and without venture funding or family wealth, Alaina starts her own digital agency in 2009 at the start of the Great Recession. She goes on to defy defies the odds by becoming one of the 1.7% of women business owners who grows a business past $1 million in revenue.

Her business growth was not without its ups and downs. In those years Alaina met every challenge small and medium-sized business owners face: rising healthcare costs for employees, a competitive job market, and zero assistance from the government or any Amazon-like tax breaks. She faced potential bankruptcy on more than one occasion but kept the business afloat with high-interest small business loans. She’s now a fierce advocate for consumer and small business protection and she believes more needs to be done to protect small businesses and to fuel their growth.