We asked folks what they felt was the most important factor behind their success. For us, success is about accomplishing your mission. For some, that mission might be changing discriminatory practices within their industry and for others it might be building a sustainable, profitable business to support their family. Regardless of your mission, we want to equip you with wisdom and knowledge from the community in the hopes of increasing the likelihood that you are successful in your mission.

Rozy Morani | Co-creator/co-owner The Happy Lab

The most important factor of success behind The Happy Lab brand is keeping happiness at the core of everything we do. It’s what helped our business pivot during the pandemic. We went from celebrating milestones in person at our storefront to taking the celebration to our clients’ doors. Parties can be cancelled, but happiness cannot. Read more>>

Tamara Taylor | Sports Education Psychologist

Contrary to what most people think and believe, success is achieved through the losses rather than the wins. Throughout my entrepreneurship development there were many trials and errors, setbacks, and sacrifices that impacted my business development which also had its impact on me. However, this is the place in which I learned and grew my business. This place is called failing. Failing is NOT the same as being a failure. So, please do not confuse the two concepts. Read more>>

Ron Leonard II | CEO of “Ron Leo Productions” & Founder of “Instill Network”

The most important factor easily for me is my faith. I’ve always known I needed guidance especially when I realized God wanted me to have a platform to strengthen his people. At times I didn’t have the answers for my business or channel but that was when God showed up and his spirit took over the situations just because I had the faith to trust in him. Without my faith, I wouldn’t even be strong enough to be here before you today. Read more>>

Chanel Budd | Relationship and Personal Development Coach

The most important factor behind my success and brand is legacy and integrity. Read more>>

Tarsha Polk | Author, Speaker, Personal Brand Coach

The most important factor behind my success is Consistency. In my early 30’s I realized that my life’s purpose is to inspire others to live their dreams through entrepreneurship. Since then, I am consistently faithful to God’s purpose for my life. To the success of my brand, The Marketing Lady, I contribute that to consistently networking, heavily, with influencers. I attend chamber meetings, events hosted by the entrepreneurial groups and many other professional organizations. Branding is about consistency—a consistent look, message, and experience. Read more>>

Bili Nguyen | Entrepreneur | Model

It was not an easy journey for me as an immigrant from Vietnam; I had to work even harder to get to where I am today. All I have today was from constant hard work. Throughout my career and journey, there were a lot of factors that contributed to my success, but the three I believe have had the most significant effect are: having a clear vision, strong drive, and courage to follow the path that I choose. Since I was young, I always knew the life that I wanted. At the age of 15, I envisioned my life, set goals every year, and made sure that I achieved them. Read more>>

Jasmin Zimmerman | Hair Artist

The most important factor behind my success, I would have to say there’s two of them. One of them is the unlimited support from my family. I feel that without them, I wouldn’t be where I am at today. When I made the decision of going to hair school, they never doubted me. They were always behind me 100% and helped me with everything I needed. I am very fortunate to have a family like mine and I will always be grateful! Read more>>

Gina Michelotti Candi Klemenc | Owner/Event Planner

The most important factor behind us is our strategic focus in leadership, management & planning. We understand the purpose of the event & know our audience in order to transform creative ideas into something tangible; making our clients the ROCKSTARS! We are highly organized, personable & engaging with clients & guests. So many memories should be celebrated! Read more>>

Ty Harrigan | Entrepreneur & Creator

The most important factor behind my brand would be the positive impact I hope it would have on people who struggle with self-love and low self-esteem, especially our youth. When I thought of this brand, I thought of change not only for myself but for the entire world to just simply believe in themselves and gain the mentality in knowing you could do anything you put your mind to. Often we struggle with loving ourselves and embracing the beautiful people we are. Read more>>

Jacob Johnson | Founder and CEO

How you treat everyone you interact with under the brand name. From customers, suppliers, fans on social media, those who email and call. It all matters. And it all culminates over time. We may falter at times, but we actively do our best to make you feel valued, heard, and cared for when you engage with us. We want all products you purchase from us to provide an excellent experience. We want any issues that may arise to be solved in a manner that is convenient for you. We want to serve you well. This is our primary focus. Top-notch candles. Read more>>

Makesa Stovall | Abstract artist

When I started painting more full time, I understood that I am working for the Lord. I write bible verses on all of my canvases because the Lord has given me the talent I have and I like to honor that. Another good quality to have for success is continue pushing even when you don’t see the results you want. I am fairly new to being an artist, but I’m constantly learning about who I want to be as an artist. There are many failed attempts as I navigate through the processes, but I have picked myself back up to start again. Having God standing with me and never giving up has given me the courage to always keep going. That’s where I find my success. Read more>>

Sherelle Reed | Life Coach, Motivator, Visionary and Corporate Instructor

My Faith and Trust in GOD is the most important factor behind both my personal success and the success of my brand. Be a Christian has taught me life principles as it relates to my moral fiber as well as LOVE of both myself and others. I intentionally and deliberately intend to live my life with great character and consideration of others. I realize the I should LOVE others as I LOVE myself. My purpose on this earth is to be a light to those who may need it. I am also open to receiving that same light in areas that I need it from others as well. I believe that GOD orders my steps on a daily basis and points me in the direction I should take. Read more>>