Congratulations to Lara Pieper, 36, for being chosen as part of our 2019 class of 20 Under 40!

Get to know a bit about Lara before the issue:


Owner of Bloom Bookkeeping, LLC

Years lived in Columbia


What is your favorite business book you’ve ever read and what impact did it have on you?

You are a Badass by Jen Sincero because, yeah, I am a badass! This isn’t so much a business book as it is a book for self improvement, but, for me, those two things are one and the same most of the time. You are a Badass showed me how to create a life I would love, and, in turn, I did.

Learn more about Lara and the rest of the 20 Under 40 class of 2019 in our January 2019 issue coming soon!

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