The first step to starting a business is deciding to start a business. They say the first step is the hardest and in our experience this is especially true when it comes to starting a business. Getting over the mental roadblocks can be tough, often harder to overcome than the challenges you’ll face once you actually start the business. Fellow entrepreneurs share their thoughts below.

Mylek Terry | Owner of Party Foul DFW Bartending

The thought process behind starting my own business was that I despised a normal 9-5 job, the idea of going to work, completing a task, and being told what to do – did not sit well with me. I wanted something that I could call my own while giving me an outlet to do what I wanted to do. Read more>>

Michael Taylor | Custom clothier

I’ve always wanted to be a business owner and knew I would own my own business just wasn’t sure what it would be. I’ve always loved clothes, but my passion and affinity for menswear started when I worked for a well known suit store. For me it was the perfect marriage between what I’ve always wanted and what I now love. Read more>>

Sherry James, PMP | Speaker, Author, and Change Catalyst

In 2018, I decided to write a book about both of my parents dying by suicide when I was much younger. I noticed that speaking about mental health and wellness was a taboo topic and that there was significant stigma around mental illness and suicide. I re-branded and re-birthed my company that I started in 2006 to focus on the difficult topics of mental health and diversity and inclusion in the workplace in 2019. In 2020, all lives changed and the focus on mental health increased exponentially. I am so very happy that we started this work when we did so that we can help those who may be struggling during this difficult time. Read more>>

Morgan Nussbaum | Owner of MO&CO Custom Events

My passion for planning and executing events started at 12 years old when I was heavily involved planning my own Bat Mitzvah! Every detail was carefully thought out to tell the story “My Passion is Fashion.” The event came to life the moment you walked through the hotel ballroom doors-  where an entry “storefront” facade of “Morgan’s Fifth Avenue” greeted the guests! After walking into “the store,” guests immediately saw a large stage shaped like a fashion show runway. Read more>>

Rita Stabile | Photographer

As a child, I spent hours poring through boxes of family photos. Each one held stories of laughter, connection, and love. Those moments came alive in my hands. Nothing compares to the experience of holding prints and albums in your hands. My business promises to get printed products back in your hands and in your homes. I had worked with photographers periodically over the past 10 years and they almost all delivered digital files to me. Guess where most of those digital files are? Still on my computer and not actually printed in my home. Loomis Lane Photography will finish the photograph experience by making sure you have something physical to hold at the end of your experience. Prints last forever. Read more>>

Mike Smith | Owner of Betty T’s Tea Cakes, LLC

When my grandmother, who was a cook all of her life passed away on March 11, 2019, I wanted to do something to let the world know who she was as a cook. Tea cakes was one of the many things we would cook together since I was a young boy. It just feels right Read more>>