We asked the community what factors they felt were responsible for their success and we’ve highlighted some of those responses below.

Rodrigo Martinez | Shoe & Leather Repair Expert

The most important factor behind our success as a business is the people. Plain and simple. The people patronize our business and help keep the lights on. Through word of mouth, as well as the kind reviews & recommendations that have been placed on social media platforms by our customers, we have been able to stay in business for nearly two decades. Read more>>

Alexandra Dickson and Timothy Lynch | Dance Studio owner and educators

It is very difficult to choose just one important factor when discussing the success of Lynch Dance Institute. We have a fundamental respect and gratitude for our faculty and families and we are driven by the desire to provide the best service and present the most outstanding performances possible. Read more>>

Artemis Environmental Services, Inc. Julie Ogilvie, Jasmine Bakker, and Tara Baxter | Artemis Environmental is a small, woman-owned consulting firm focused on biological and natural resources throughout the Southwestern US

If there is one word to define our success, it would be relationships. More than 90 percent of our business comes from repeat customers or existing customers who recommend our services to others. And it took years to build those relationships with a network of people in the business all over California. But it is not just about clients. It includes the relationships with our teaming partners who collaborate with us on projects. It includes the relationships with our insurance broker, accountant, attorney, or even the bank teller. Read more>>

Curt Cuscino | Founder & CEO, HypeLife Brands, a progressive brand development + marketing agency specializing in building, launching, and growing B2C/D2C lifestyle startups & brands, tuned for the Millennial generation

I would say that EVOLUTION — the ability to change, adapt, and evolve quickly — is the most important factor behind my, and rather, my agency’s success. Just like the many startup businesses and challenger brands we here at HypeLife Brands work with daily as a specialized startup marketing agency, EVOLUTION is an important ingredient to succeeding, especially in today’s market and climate. With technology being a key factor in how and where to grow, understanding how to grow and adapt quickly and nimbly is absolutely critical in surviving, growing, and thriving regardless of what’s going on in the market at large. Read more>>

Angie Chan | Lash Artist & Educator

At Voguish Lash, by caring and being consistent to our lash extensions clients and mentoring lash artists with a high standard and quality, this has made our brand successful. By having clients excited to come for their professional lash extensions appointment and lash artists training to be confident for their new lashing career, they share their experience with others and that is how any business builds a reputation and grows. Read more>>


The most important factor behind my brand is Versatility. Some people stress on niching down on one thing but instead, I’ve decided to niche down on a few different things that I’m good at. It works out in the long run because I have more to offer to my current and future clients. I believe that this has made my brand successful because it started to form my business into the powerhouse when it comes to being able to fulfill what people are looking for and giving them the best quality photography and videography. Read more>>

Kat Mulvaney | Hair Stylist

The number one factor that best lead me to my success is the fact that I love what I do. Doing what I love has defined my success in my own life and has been able to drive my career. I am super grateful that everyday when I go to work, it never feels like work. I enjoy what I do, I enjoy the people I work with, and I enjoy the guests I’m servicing. I have fun while being able to make a living from it. It really is amazing! Since Covid-19, the salon has been closed and I have been out of work. I told myself to be patient and that eventually I will be going back to work- I just didn’t know when. Read more>>