To pivot or to persevere? Or more bluntly – to give up or to not to give up? This is a haunting question, a question that has ramifications far after an answer has been chosen and it’s also a question that almost everyone in our community has had to face at one time or another. How do you know when to give up and when to keep trying?

Lance-O | Reggae MC, DJ & Promoter

I was not given a choice. I know this is what I am suppose to be doing in life. This is my destiny, my purpose in life. I use to think I chose this role, rather this role chose. When I had my child, I questioned my path just very slightly, because I wanted to make sure I could provide. I literally said to myself I am taking this week to think about it. That week, my phone rang more than it ever had still to this day. It also made me realize that my son brought me more blessings and opportunities. He has been apart of my success. It was never a matter of giving up, that was never in my cards I was dealt. When you do what you love and are so very passionate about it, you don’t think about giving up or stopping. It is always what am I going to do next. Of course, we all have had or have our challenges. It makes us work harder. Read more>>

Deborah Gray Mitchell | Photographer

I began my business almost 40 years ago showing my personal photography, selling prints and winning awards. As I began getting assignments, my focus changed and I concentrated more on my assignments work. I never stopped shooting for myself, but I stopped pushing that facet of my business. After two different studios, I entered into a partnership on a commercial building that we renovated and kept for a dozen years. One of the best decisions I ever made was buying a building and then selling it. I moved my business into my home, and that was a huge transition. My commercial business continues but I find these days that the aggravation often exceeds the satisfaction, and I’m now seriously considering closing this part of my business at the end of 2020. Read more>>

Daniela Sabia | Founder & Head of Marketing

We all have that ‘fight’ song we love to play over and over. As a momtrepenuer, I have SEVERAL that keep me going, lol. As challenging as the start up years have been, personal drive keeps me going because I love what I do! Our unique custom boxes are so versatile that every box we produce can be truly-one-of-a-kind and that’s what is so exciting for me. . Creativity moves me. I am constantly looking for ways to stay innovative and stay on top of trends. This year we will be launching the first video gift box that will allow us to connect with customers in a fun and interactive way. I’m very proud that the product we create has a place in people lives and can also be used as a keepsake. I strive to provide a solution that is truly dynamic and allows brands the ability to elevate their customer experiences. Read more>>