Every overnight success we’ve seen has been years in the making. And those overnight successes are rarely because of an amazing idea or a stroke of luck. We asked some of our favorite folks from the community about what characteristics are at the heart of their success story?

Carolyn Urquidez | Co-Founder Kidney Quest Foundation

My biggest factor of our success is having the heart for the community. Dedicated to families and individuals, in being that link to the next step in their journey. Also being that resource and having a commitment on providing information and options about the choices that are available. My goal has to support and direct individuals when they feel they don’t know how to get to that next step and to alleviate some of the fears and stress of living with a condition. Read more>>

Micah Ninteman | Gym Owner and Coach

I would say the two most important factors behind the success of our business is this. First, put all our trust in God and he will take care of the rest. The second most important factor would be to create an environment where any one person who walks into our facility can feel welcome, safe, and protected. Read more>>

Paulina Serrato | MANIORPEDI Co-Founder

The most important factors behind my success are two things: 1. Service is everything – there’s no point in having the best SEO and branding, if your customer service is poor. I have noticed that by providing great service throughout the process (from initial inquiry email up until follow up after the event) is absolutely key to having happy/returning customers. 2. Take care of your employees, and your employees will take care of your customers – 100% true. If you care for your employees, treat them well, and pay them fairly, the rest will fall into place. They will stay with you, be loyal, take care of the company and most importantly, take care of your customers. Read more>>

Andy Lee | Private Dining Chef

I make Corean food the way our parents and grandparents remember them. When I decided to start my own private dining company, Nanoom Dining, I knew that the identity of the brand would be more than sharing great food and bespoke cocktails. There are many meaningful ways that I tie in all things Corean into Nanoom Dining. Our gift cards are printed on hanji, paper only made in Corea that is supposed to last a millennium or longer. I recently learned the art of Corean gift wrapping called bojagi, and I used that skill to wrap the leftovers from the dinner with cloth made in Corea which is then presented to my clients at the end. All the ceramic plates and service wares are hand-made from Corea. The table cover is designed with the materials that are used to make traditional Corean clothing, Hanbok. There is honestly, a dozen or so meaningful homage I wove into the dining experience and they all work as a story-sharing device for the private dining experience. I truly believe what makes Nanoom Dining special is that it is my love letter to both my Corean heritage as well as my 17-year long career as a chef. Read more>>

Indian K | Hip Hop Artist

The People! Without the support I wouldn’t be where I am and still growing. Read more>>