It takes a lot more than an idea to build a business, but there can’t be a business without the idea. So we asked folks who’ve built wonderful businesses to tell us about how they came up with the idea in the first place.

Latoya Jones | Treat Maker

Honestly, I was dipping strawberries at home one day for fun during the pandemic in 2020 and one thing led to another from me posting pictures on Facebook and people saw them and started to inquire about purchasing some and from there it took off Read more>>

Anele Hernandez | Founder of Cositas by Anel’e, Handmade baby essentials

First and foremost, I am a mom of three funny, smart, and beautiful girls. When I entered motherhood, I naturally took on the role of being a mommy. I wouldn’t change it for nothing in the world. That’s one of the greatest blessings from God. Becoming a mom I also entered into the “stay at home mom” (SAHM) role as well (it has been three years so far). You can imagine all the time we, SAHM’s, have being home with kids all day, everyday. You kind of lose yourself in the process. I no longer thought of myself since my kids came before me. Read more>>

Princess Whittington | Co-founder of Black Canvas

I had lived in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for some time and noticed there were not many open mic nights that catered to my age group. Most of the talented and experienced artists were older and there seemed to be a lack of age diversity. I attended several mic nights in different states and there was just that ‘jazzy soul’ missing in the heart of Dallas. I reached out to a friend, Cameron Johnson, and shared the idea that I wanted to start an open mic because I knew he had a love for black artistry and we collaborated and brought Black Canvas to life! We brought along a dope host by the name of Kevin Williams and our favorite dj, Gabriel Sheffield to deliver the vibes. Read more>>