We asked some of the city’s rising stars about why they think they have been so successful and we’ve shared their responses below.

Bluhauz | Recording/Tourist Artist & Music Producer

I know it can sound cliche, but cliches are there for a reason. The most important factor behind anything we want to achieve is to never give up and trust completely in what you’re doing. Listen to what your loved one have to say, take it in, and then make it your own. Always believe in yourself and that you can achieve what you put your mind into. Read more>>

Elynice Wilson Da Silva | Entrepreneur and Government Community Activist

The most important factor to my and everyones success is your why and in my case my why is my family which ignites my passion to keep moving forward and moving upward with my goals and aspirations. Also is everything that I’ve been through that I use as a catalyst instead of allowing it to stagnate me and my endeavors. Their can never build a brand without a purpose. Read more>>

Brenda Lorenzo | Co-Founder of Soul Fetch

“Jesslyn and I are best friends, and we have built the foundation of our Soul Fetch business on love and friendship. The tight-knit sisterhood we’ve built and continue to build is the key to our success. Without the love and support from each other and our sisterhood, we wouldn’t be Soul Fetch. Read more>>

Meagan Mederos | Couples & Wedding Photographer

I think the biggest factor behind the growing success of my business is knowing my “why”. I didn’t start my photography business because of money, or because I thought it was easy. I love serving people–making them feel valued and confident. At the end of the day, it’s not about me or what my clients can do for me, but what I can do for them. As a business owner, I believe once you take the focus off you, you’ll start to see real growth. Read more>>

MARCIA MILLER | Owner/Administrator Assistive Living Facility

The most important factor behind the success of our business and our brand is having a clear understanding of our “WHY”. For many years I was the primary caregiver for my Aunt Dorothy. As she declined and had to be placed in an Assisted Living Community, it was clear that a residential setting was more preferable than an institutional one. Read more>>

Landen Conner | Visual Brand Strategist

The most important factor behind the success of my brand, is making my brand about the service of others. Making it mainly about my client and their successes. Read more>>

Simone Mills | Food, Carnival, & Travel Content Creator

Authentically being me. Though this took some time, I realized the true success behind my brand was authentically being me. There was once a time when I only posted food. Though I was behind the camera, my supporters had no idea who I was or what I was like as an individual. Read more>>

Roneeka Mortimer | Esthetician/Brow Artist

The most important factor behind my success would be my passion I truly believe that having a grateful heart, treating everyone the way I want to be treated, and never giving up on what I love has caused me the most success. Read more>>