Many books on startups and business talk about how there are right and wrong reasons for starting a business. So, we asked a handful of successful founders about their reasons and the thought-process behind starting their business.

Bart Zandbergen, CFP | Founder of The Zandbergen Group

After nearly 30 years in the wealth management industry, I decided that the next best way I could truly serve my clientele was by starting my own practice. Through The Zandbergen Group, I am now able to offer True Wealth planning which allows me to help clients discover things money can’t buy and death can’t takeaway. As the leader of my own firm, I am able to highly customize the level of service I provide my clients with without constraints from a parent company. This has added tremendous value and strengthened the relationships I have with my clients. Read more>>

Alyssa Donato | Astrogeographer and Bee Keeper

Like many others COVID really through a wrench into work / travel / life aspirations. I was working from a one bedroom apartment with my partner in a town I just recently moved to. I started offering astrogeography sessions as a way for people to still get the taste of traveling without leaving their home. I originally started offering sessions as a way to raise money for children who couldn’t afford school lunches during the start of the pandemic. Sessions were short and only $20, till more people kept coming and requesting I do a reading for them. Business grew really naturally and a year in I’ve successfully read over 140 charts, and am booking retreats and other events! So, no process, just trusting in the people who were showing up before me who wanted something I could offer them. Read more>>

Ashley Segura | Digital Marketer & Entrepreneur

A few days after my college graduation I was on the phone with my insurance agent to make a few updates to my policies now that I was out of college. “You went to college” he said. “Can you make me a website? I really need to get into marketing!” Being unable to say no to a new opportunity I said sure, I can do that! Next thing I knew I was managing his social media, writing blog posts, and making the finishing touches on a new website for him. After the success of the website launch he invited me to speak in front of a California board of insurance agents and teach them about marketing. That’s where I gained my first real set of clients and discovered the power of public speaking to grow your brand and agency. Read more>>