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Ronnette Taylor-Lawrence, owner of Fire Code Design, with sons Anthony (l), who serves as FCD’s director of business development, and Julian, an apprentice sprinkler fitter and assistant project manager with FCD.

Ronnette Taylor-Lawrence, owner of Fire Code Design, with sons Anthony (l), who serves as FCD’s director of business development, and Julian, an apprentice sprinkler fitter and assistant project manager with FCD.

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Fire Code Design's Ronnette Taylor-Lawrence charts a path from trades to entrepreneurship

As an entrepreneur and a tradeswoman, Ronnette Taylor-Lawrence has been a trailblazer. Starting as a young single mother in the 1980s, she worked her way up from laborer to journeyman plumber, becoming the first woman of color to receive her plumber’s license from the Plumbers and Gasfitters Local 12 Boston union. Today, she is a master plumber and fire sprinkler contractor running her own business, Fire Code Design, a Boston-based full service fire extinguisher and fire safety company offering sales, repairs and service to commercial and residential clients.