We asked some of the city’s rising stars to reflect on what made a difference in their journey. We asked them to tell us about what they think the most important factor has been behind their success.

Christina Hernandez Wooldridge | Owner of Trivia Goat

I would attribute the growing success of Trivia Goat to thick skin and tenacity. What I learned very quickly was that success doesn’t just happen overnight. You can’t expect sales to be through the roof because you sent out a few email campaigns, created engaging social media posts, or made countless sales calls. Instant gratification does not exist in certain seasons. It could be months before (if you ever see) a return from those specific efforts. But every day you have to remain motivated to keep moving the needle. Sales can be a long game at times and I needed to accept that truth before I let the silence in interest take over my drive to push through it. On the flip side, I would say that when it rains, it often pours. I’ve learned to accept the ebbs and flows of business and when in doubt, to continue to just put one foot in front of the other because you never know what can come from it. Read more>>

Pamela Raskin | Jewelry Designer & Business Owner

Since 2005, I have built a loyal clientele by providing high quality jewelry designs and personalized service. I pride myself on the originality and integrity of my designs and my ability to please my customers. Jewelry is very personal, which is why I based my entire business on designing one-of-a-kind pieces that make people look and feel special! Jewelry is more than an accessory, it is an expression of one’s personality and it is important that it be as individual as the person wearing it. I hand-select all of the materials, develop unique designs and handcraft each piece to assure the finest quality. Read more>>

Carol Destacamento | Owner/Creator of The Spirited Mermaid

The most important factor behind my success is definitely my customers. I could have the best website, the best marketing team and top quality products but if I don’t have satisfied customers, then I don’t have a business. It’s important to me that my customers not only LOVE my products, they keep coming back for more. It’s always on the forefront of my mind every time I create my art. Read more>>

Kathryn Dickson | Doctor of Nursing Practice, Founder of OliveUs Apparel

OliveUs is a medical apparel company inspired by the problems that my coworkers and I encounter day to day working bedside. I am both a cardiology nurse and emergency nurse practitioner. It is astonishing to me that there aren’t more options for wearing our stethoscopes so I designed scrubs with a patent pending feature to have the tools, including our stethoscopes, available to us when we need them in a safe manor. The current normal is to wear our stethoscopes around our shoulders. Read more>>