CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Caleetta Berry enjoys spreading love through soul food.
"I grew up in the kitchen with my grandmother. I was like in junior high," said Berry.
When she moved to Iowa three years ago she said that she didn't notice many soul food restaurants. Now, she's opening her own business. She is the first woman in her family to start her own business.
"My cousin but it's a guy, [it's] funny he's own his [business] for eight years and I've been trying to get mine for eight years."
Next month, Caleetta will join women business owners at NewBo City Market.
"The women business owners have built those relationships and those are businesses today that we see in large part graduating out and growing their business into the future," explains NewBo City Market Executive Director Scott Kruger.
Although businesses headed by a woman are expanding across the country. University of Iowa Tippie College of Business Associate Professor Michele Williams explains women still have a long way to go.
"We have only 6.4 percent of the female CEO in fortune 500 company. These ladies are in visible positions and they're also speaking about raising everyone up."
Berry is passionate about her business and hopes other women will follow their dreams.
"I say get up and keep on going because the sun is always shining on you."
Berry's business, 'Just Like Home Soul Food Restuarant' will open November 2nd in NewBo City Market.