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.

Alka Subramanian | Business executive

In 2000, my husband and I read about the HIV and AIDS crisis in Sub-Saharan Africa. Every family in Africa had been impacted but the women and children were impacted disproportionately. We  learned that children as young as 10 or 11 years old were sole caregivers for their younger siblings and grandmothers who had few resources had to take care of their orphaned grandchildren. Read more>>

Raynard Ledford | Restaurateur

I have been my own boss for over 30 years. I always new I wanted to own and operate my own business and I have always loved the food service industry. This is a passion of mine with commitment and dedication I have overcome many obstacles and hurdles each day. Read more>>

Chase Dobbins | Visionary & Hope Dealer

When it comes to starting my own business it was always a no brainer for me, I’ve always been an out the box type of person in a sense some could say unorthodox but I would say unconventional genius. I have always had the mentality of the get it myself type of person, plus I was raised with the idea of not expecting anything to come easy or be done right if I didn’t do it myself. Read more>>

Ramat Oyetunji | Experienced Personal Finance Coach

I started The FI Woman because I wanted to empower women in a way that I didn’t see traditional financial advisors, planners or coaches doing. I wanted to focus on using financial literacy and knowledge to empower women to build financial confidence and take control of their finances. Read more>>

Bruna Bernini | Architect, Project Manager & Sustainability enthusiast

Well, let me go back a bit to explain how I started my own business 20 years ago. I was graduating with my Architecture Master and I was the general manager of a small company that did mainly residential design. At that period my boss’s wife got sick, so he left a lot in my control. Once he came back, his ego was hurt to see how the clients and team would work with me. His insecurities made him approach me out of fear and I decided that it was time for me to go. Read more>>