Women in Business 2014: Sue Conley and Peggy Smith, Cowgirl Creamery and Tomales Bay Foods

Co-founders, Cowgirl Creamery and Tomales Bay Foods, 2080 Lakeville Hwy., Petaluma CA 94954, 707-789-9433, cowgirlcreamery.com

Ages: both 61

Residences: We both live in Petaluma.

Professional background: Professional chefs and restaurateurs

Education: Both of us graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Staff: 100

Tell us about yourself and your company: These two old friends established careers in some of San Francisco's most famous kitchens: Peggy spent 17 years at Chez Panisse, and Sue co-owned Bette's Oceanview Diner in Berkeley.

By the early 1990s, we were ready for a new challenge. With our first-hand knowledge of the restaurant business, we launched Tomales Bay Foods, a marketing and distribution company designed to help West Marin's dairies get their products into the Bay Area marketplace. Now international in scope, this thriving community of cheesemakers, mongers, chefs and eaters remains at the heart of our company.

Our first facility, a renovated hay barn in downtown Point Reyes, featured a small cheesemaking room at the entrance to the building. Using milk from neighboring Straus Family Creamery, we began making delicious fresh cheeses.

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