It takes a lot more than an idea to build a business, but there can’t be a business without the idea. So we asked folks who’ve built wonderful businesses to tell us about how they came up with the idea in the first place.

Jade Rocca | Floral Designer & Female Empowerment Coach

Blooming Forward was founded on the principles of growing out of darkness. I went through an extremely dark year in 2018, healing from drug addiction and an abusive relationship. I started to buy myself flowers once a week while I attended a local Intensive Outpatient Program for my drug addictions. I began to relate to flowers on such a deep level. Flowers have shown me that we are all seeded in dark chapters of our lives, and that it takes time (and a lot of self love) to strengthen the stems of ourselves in order for us to #Bloom and bring beauty to the world. Today, Blooming forward is the symbolism of strength, beauty and growth through floral design and female empowerment meetings. I am an open book when it comes to my story of nourishing the self, building a strong foundation and blooming into my own personal purpose. Read more>>

Ian Denham | Co-Founder

Like many ventures Noodle Bagz was born out of pure chance. We were three rugby players who wanted matching swimsuits for our rugby team recovery sessions. a fortuitous connection in apparel production allowed us to create a set for the crew. Once the word got out we had other teams asking us to produce theirs. We soon realized we had a business on our hands and had a website within two hours of our founders handshake. Read more>>

Miki Vale | Hip Hop Artist, Playwright & Teaching Artist

As a Hip Hop artist and writer, I have my hands in a lot of projects. When the pandemic shut everything down in March, it seems it flipped a creativity switch for me. I’ve been very, very busy during the pandemic. One of the projects I’m most proud of is launching SoulKiss Theater, an arts and healing space for queer Black womxn. SoulKiss Theater is new but SoulKiss as a brand has a long, rich history. Back In 2007 I began curating spaces for queer Black womxn in San Diego, with collaboration from producing partner DJ Niomiesoulfly. These events were known across Southern California as SOULKISS, a magical event series unlike anything else for Black womxn in the region. Over the course of over 8 years, we produced over 400 events, from weekly club nights to game nights to open mics and Pride parties, etc. We were BUSY. Read more>>