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.

Michelle Oravitz | Fertility Acupuncturist and Coach

I feel that the most important factor behind the success of my brand is heart! People feel when you truly care and ultimately this is what sustains the longevity of a brand. It also fuels my drive and is what gets me going every day! When you chose a business that aligns with what you love, work doesn’t feel like work. Read more>>

Gigi Agresti | Lead Planner & Founder

Consistency. When I started Events by Gigi a little over eight years ago I came into this industry blindly and not knowing what to expect. I knew one thing, I knew customer service and client experience would always be at the fore front of my brand. Those two values have remained consistent and are front and center with every client and industry professional I have the privilege to work with. Read more>>

Tricia Morris | High End Beauty, Founder of Eyetitude

I love product research and development, finding products that do what they say with ingredients that are safe and affective, trying them on myself for an extended period of time and documenting exactly how I used the product so that I can extend the correct protocol to my customers to get the best results. Read more>>

Shaina Hernandez | Makeup Artist & Disney Enthusiast

The most important factor behind my success / and the success of my brand is client satisfaction. Making my clients happiness is my priority. I always try to go above and beyond what I’m supposed to do to make sure my clients feel beautiful and that I have given them everything beyond what they expected. Read more>>

Gillian Kennedy Wright | Contemporary Fiber Artist

The most important factor behind my success is my creativity and approach to the portrayal of subjects in my fiber art. I bring to the “fabric table/canvas”, bright bold colors as well as stark black and white patterned forms. My work is fueled by my ancestral past of multicultural “Afrocaribbean” history now transplanted in North America. Read more>>