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.

Stefanie Lopez | Fitness & Family Blogger

I wouldn’t exactly call what I do a business. I consider my blog more of a hobby. My goal when creating it wasn’t to make money. It was sort of an outlet for me. I’m a stay at home mom. I don’t get a ton of adult interaction because I’m chasing around 2 littles while caring for a newborn. Writing was a way for me to get out my excitement, frustration, etc. Read more>>

Eric Brittingham | President & Presenter – Wildlife On The Move

The thought process behind starting my own business was sparked and inspired by under-funded school budgets that negatively impacted the ability for students to embark on beneficial, experience based field trips and the desire to share my passion for animals, nature, and science with others in an entertaining and educational way. So, in 2005 with the help from my long-time professional mentor and friend K.C. Read more>>

Jessie Agastra | Photographer & Operations Manager

Snapping photos of my family, and friends was something I have always enjoyed doing. At the end of the day, photos are the only thing w have left. It’s a way to tell a story, or capture a feeling in that current moment. Growing up, my family didn’t have access to a camera, which led to me having very little photos of my childhood to look back on, or even share with my future kids, and grandkids. As soon as I could I wanted to capture and save every moment, and help others do the same. When college graduation came around, I was taking graduation pictures for my closest friends and noticed that others were interested as well. What started as a hobby, quickly turned into a business. Read more>>

Britney Cooks | Ginger Me Events LLC, Owner

I reached a point in my life where I felt unsatisfied with the widespread depreciation of community engagement, the increase of mental health issues and the prevalent systematic social injustices occurring in society. I realized that I was responsible for creating the world I that I wanted to live in. I decided that if I were going to create a business that provides a safe emotional space for minorities, it would have to start with me being vulnerable. Read more>>

Neidy Hornsby | Business & Trademark Attorney

I wanted to create a law firm which combined bespoke legal services with a predictable fee structure. After spending years working at big law firms I understood there was gap which kept smaller brands from accessing legal counsel. And I was motivated to fill that gap by eliminating the choice between “DIY legal work” or “$400/hour attorneys.” We help entreprenuers take the necessary steps to ensure their ideas have strong legal frameworks. However, they do not need to mortgage the business’ future for the sake of legal counsel. We are intentionally distrupting the legal industry and we are unapologetic about it. Read more>>

Maria Avendano | Pet Accessories Designer

A couple of years ago I had wanted to have a business with which I could translate my idea and offer it to the world. I have a two year old Golden Retriever, Max. So I also had in mind to help animal shelters on a monthly basis, but that idea came up shortly after I started. A year ago I used to draw residential plans for my clients, but it was something that I was no longer passionate about. Since the beginning of last year I became interested in fashion design, so I did face-to-face courses, and during the pandemic I took other online courses, I practiced my sewing and it was then that I created my first bandana as a gift to a doggy friend, who met one year old. And that’s where it all started. Read more>>

Jael Pedraza | Founder & Designer of Death Desire Fibers

I was still in school, finishing my last year in college, before my business was even an idea. Much like other people, my plans for the future took a turn because of the pandemic. I had to spend my last semester behind a computer while still working on a senior collection. The time I spent at home really helped me get back in touch with my creative side. I started researching for fun new sustainable techniques that I could incorporate into my designs. Read more>>

Malcolm “Scanlouz DeLeon” Moore | Artist & Designer

Initially I started my clothing brand because it was difficult to get affordable merchandise done for events we would put on. We would get overcharged for almost anything because we lacked the knowledge. So, after I decided to go into business for myself I started to enjoy the entrepreneur grind. Started reading more on the clothing business and started thinking of generational wealth. Nothing was passed down to me and my brothers and sisters so that’s what drives me now. I also have a little girl on the way so to be able to leave her with a hand up would be pretty dope. Read more>>