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.

Crys Worley | Founder – Askate Foundation

I’m going to have to answer this question as if it were asked in a different way. Such as… what motivated you to start your organization? Because Askate is not a ‘business’. We do not have staff and run solely on a volunteer basis. When I started Askate, my children were 3 and 5 years old. They are now 18 and 20. My oldest son Sasha was diagnosed with autism at 22 months old. He fell on many ends of the autism and physical health spectrums with severely delayed language, sensory disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, dyslexia, behavioral disorders, ADHD, ADD, impulse control disorders, epilepsy, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, hypogammaglobulinanemia, and a handful of other things. Read more>>

Crystal Bong | Entrepreneur

It’s kind of funny because our candle making business happened by chance. We had an acquaintance that was moving overseas and could not take her candle making equipment and materials with her so we asked her to teach us and bought out her materials. Read more>>

Riza Ayson | 9Round Kickboxing Owner/Trainer

I have been in fitness all my life… starting in college teaching aerobics for Loyola and Tulane Rec Centers. I have every certification from step aerobics, spin, personal training, aqua aerobics, etc.. At first it was just a hobby and after college entered the corporate world using my marketing and communications degree working for big advertising agencies– which lead me to media sales. After about 15 years, I began to feel tired of the rat race, flying every week, wearing suits and going to meeting after meeting. Read more>>

Sonia Mora | Co founder of The.Woodland Farmers Market

We had purchased 5 acres and had planted a garden that was going to feed way more than 2 people. We worked in Davis but preferred shopping in Woodland so we thought about starting a farmer’s market in Woodland. Many people felt the same as we did we didn’t about leaving our town just to go shopping at a farmers market so did some research and met up with Ed and Janet Eckhoff who were also growing vegetables and needed a place to sell it. We started as co-owners of The Woodland Farmers Market in 1996. Read more>>