We reached out to some of our favorite entrepreneurs and asked them to think back and tell us about how they decided to start a business. Check out their responses below.

Cornelia Siem | Realtor

After a number of years in corporate America, I knew that if I kept climbing the corporate ladder I would ultimately look back at my professional life with regret. I wanted to create something of my own, and I felt that having control over my own destiny (and responsibility for my livelihood) would motivate me to work hard and succeed. I took a risk, and I’m glad I did, because now I choose the path I take and how far I want to go. Read more>>

Alice Chen | Dog Mom & Small Business Owner

I am a crazy dog mom and i’ve always knew I wanted to start a business that will give back to animal rescues. I started out as a dog mom customer buying a ton of dog bandanas for my pups from various companies, but often times I wasn’t happy with the sizing, design or price point of the bandanas, so I thought to myself, I want to make quality dog bandanas. I grabbed my sewing machine and a few dog friends and spent a few months doing trial and error on sizing and design, and Cookies & Co. was born. Read more>>

GIANLUCA PARDELLI | Photojournalist, tour operator, travel designer.

After having travelled to almost every corner of the former USSR, either working as a photojournalist or gallivanting as a humble wanderer in search of the unknown, I realized that I had gathered an amount of knowledge, experience and contacts large enough to create my own personal post-Soviet network. And there came the epiphany: what I had accumaleted during my journeys was no less than the single most important asset every tour operator should rely on. Read more>>

Georgia Fowkes | CEO of Elation Creative

I started Elation with the intent of creating unique and exciting travel experiences for both brands and creators worldwide. After traveling and creating content prior to the pandemic, it was obvious that brands, content creators, and members of the travel industry could work together in a mutually beneficial fashion – an opportunity nobody was actualizing fully. Read more>>

Jennifer King | Beauty Professional

Ive been in love with doing hair since i was a kid !! I knew I wanted to become a hairstylist for sure at the age of twelve.  I have been license for sixteen years. I went to beauty school right after graduating high school. I was able to work a full time job and achieve my Bachelors degree in business all while still building a clientele. It’s having  the freedom and control of my work schedule which gave me tons of flexibility to do so much in between. Read more>>

Reyna Sandoval | ShopSauvvy.com Online Boutique Owner

The idea of Sauvvy came to life in the summer of 2020 when I had a deep desire to rekindle my lifelong love affair with the world of fashion. I’d been craving creativity, and fashion has always been an art to me, so I faced my fears about starting a boutique for the third time. Equally terrified and thrilled, I finally decided to just go for it. Read more>>

Igor Miura | English Teacher & Teacher Trainer

I have been an English teacher for the past six years. For some of these years, I have only worked for language schools, teaching classes to children, teenagers, and adults, and always following the school program and using the school books. As I love being a teacher, and I really liked where I was in my career, in 2018 I decided to invest in teacher-development courses, and I did a course from Cambridge University called CELTA (Certificate of Language Teaching to Speakers of other languages). Read more>>

Immanuel King | Quantum HEALYou Practitioner

My thought process behind starting my own business was to ensure that the people of the community are aware of alternative methods towards wholesome health and disease prevention. I believe that being in formed with new modalities and education is what is needed in these dire times. Read more>>