Are you thinking about starting a business? If so, we think you’ll enjoy reading about how these seasoned entrepreneurs thought about the question when they were in your shoes.

Jacqueline Becker | Doctor of Physical Therapy

I work in Home Health Physical Therapy, where I enter peoples home to do their care when they are home bound. Usually after that, once able, patients will attend therapy at an out-patient facility. When the pandemic hit, I had multiple patients saying they were comfortable with me coming to their house, but the thought of going to a facility with other patients made them nervous. So, I decided I could start doing out-patient therapy in their homes. It boils down to a different way of billing insurance vs home health, but they were then also received quality care in the safety of their home. Read more>>

Cindy Wang | Instagram food influencer

As a food Instagram influencer, I wanted to combine my love for food and photography into one. During the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, I wanted to support my favorite local restaurants in the hopes that they would overcome the financial impact caused by the shutdown orders. During my visits, I developed a relationship with many business owners and discovered in each their passion for cooking. I wanted to share these stories with everyone so it could provide a human touch. Read more>>

Carina Lindsay | Mom and Entrepreneur, Owner of Thread and Bloom a ladies apparel and accessories e-commerce

There were three reasons behind my thought process of staring my own business, the first was family. I want to build and grow something that I can eventually pass on to my two little ones. My second thought was the idea of being able to share what I enjoy so much with others. Fashion is something I like to say that I inherited from my mother. I grew up enjoying most things about it, and being able to share a vision with others who might feel the same way played out very well in my mind. Last but certainly not least, I have a vision beyond just Thread and Bloom. Read more>>

Shereen Younan | Shoe Customizer & Crafter

Ever since I was younger I had always had in interest in crafting and making things myself. I even had a little book filled with different crafts and how to make them. When quarantine began in March 2020, I went from working two jobs and staying busy to staying home not doing anything. It got to a point where I felt that I was just wasting my time and not creating good habits. Sometime during July of 2020, I hand painted on some vans as a gift, which ended up receiving a lot of positive feed back. Read more>>

Angie Ojeda | Founder | CEO

I knew I always wanted to start my own business, but I was waiting until I truly found what I had a passion for. I love traveling and I love bringing people together. The more traveling I did, the more friends I wanted make, and sharing ideas with other travelers is when I found my niche. The process is not easy, but it’s worth it. A great entrepreneur must be able to effectively communicate, sell, learn and strategize. Choosing to be an Entrepreneur requires time, focus, prioritization, determination, confidence, and a lot of patience. If you can dream it, you can do it. Read more>>

Mikki and Ashley Eveloff and Ludwig | Owners/Designers

The thought process behind starting our business was “let’s try this!” Stuck at home for months during the pandemic, bored with countless jigsaw puzzles and mindless games, we played around with some fun clothing designs for our kids/grandkids. We’d all been living in pjs for months and thought it’d be fun to add a little sparkle to our lives! We began with a few sweatshirts, patches and rhinestones and expanded to denim jackets, hats, and more – literally anything we could get our hands on! We loved what we were making and thought why not put this “out there.” If we sell, we sell. Read more>>

Vanessa Nevarez | Vanessa Nevarez, VELA Network CEO

In 2019, I decided to leave my stable and nice job in Northern California to move back home with the purpose of starting a business unrelated to to the one I have now. I work in Media and love to network because I truly believe in networking as a tool for connecting humanity not in the washed out and chore-like definition most give it. As a person who works in media and is well connected, I had the harsh realization, more like a blessing in disguise, that it was very hard to start a business and much less find resources for a Latina. I went on Government-operated business resource websites, the Chamber of Commerce, and reached out to older Latina business women for guidance and all I heard were the vigorous clack of my fingers tapping my laptop’s keyboard. That is when VELA Network was born. Read more>>

Moriam Adepoju | Fashion designer and youtube coach

I discovered a need and I went all out to fill the gap and solve this problem. Read more>>

Jerrel Wade | Entrepreneur

I wanted to create my own brand. I wanted to make something where people can feel good about themselves. No matter the race or size of the person we all like to feel good about ourselves. So I made my clothing brand for people to look and feel like money. Anytime you walk out the door you want to make sure you look good from the top of your head to the bottom of your feet. You don’t have to have all the money in the world to look and feel like money. What other way to make people feel good about themselves is for them to wear your brand and your name proudly. Because everyday your not going wake up and feel your best your not going to always have good days. Read more>>

Tiana Eiser | PMU Artist

I wanted to start a business where I could work with other women, empower them and boost their confidence. I originally worked with women in the fitness industry and I wanted to change gears and go into the beauty industry. It has been very rewarding so far. Read more>>