Starting a business can be terrifying. Weighing the pros and cons, the risks, and other considerations can be so overwhelming that often promising entrepreneurs stop before they even start. We asked some phenomenal entrepreneurs about their thought process behind starting their own businesses. Our hope is that by making the thought-process less intimidating we can help more folks think through whether they should take an entrepreneurial leap.

Gina McLean | Owner & Board Certified Physician Associate

After years of working with Dermatologists and Plastic Surgeons, we found that there was a need for a space like ours. In our office, we married the aesthetics side of medicine in a relaxed setting without the wait time and cookie-cutter environment of traditional medical offices. We focus on patient care, and a personal relationship with our patients that lasts for years. By truly getting to know our patients, their trust is gained. Read more>>

Estefany Gomez | Actress

Since I was a little girl I knew what I wanted to be. The first time I stand on a stage I was three years old. I never stopped performing after that. I’m from Caracas, Venezuela. I spent the first 18 years of my life there. Trying to figure out how to become an artist I spent my whole life training and performing. I moved to the USA to study Performing Arts and dance and since I graduated I’ve been working in the industry.  Read more>>

Abraham Mazariegos | Fashion Photographer & Model Booker

“I never imagined being a fashion photographer nor running a model agency” I started studying architecture and then graphic design. Here I learned photography basics and I’m asked to cover events like birthdays and meetings. Me being someone very shy, I hated it and because of it very shortly after that I put away my camera and said.. this is not my thing. Read more>>

Jon Nicolas | Fitness Coach & Stretch Therapist

Everyone is looking for the fountain of youth; the wealth of health and happiness and truthfully that dream breaks down as the ability to maintain your strength, mobility and longevity. Those three words are the pillar of Fresh Fitness & Therapy. To help individuals maintain their independence as they age, to keep athletes playing at their best while minimizing injuries and to help people make healthier lifestyle choices. That is the thought process behind starting my own business. A passion for people and helping individuals maintain and/or improve their quality of life. Read more>>

Ricky Gallart | Professional Tarot Reader and Content Creator

Entrepreneurship is the wave of the future. Within the next ten years, artificial intelligence and automation will replace a significant percentage of our jobs. I think that many people seeking meaning and purpose in their lives will look for guidance from a higher power. That’s where the tarot comes in as a tool for communication with what I call Spirit, although it is known by many names. Read more>>

Magüi Moreno | Life Coach and Mindfulness Teacher for Special Needs Parents

As a special needs mom myself, I wanted to help out other families of kids with autism, ADHD and other developmental differences. In my own parenting journey, I have met many professionals working to help neurodiverse children. But who helps us, the parents? Who supports us, the front-line team? Who nourishes us, the care-givers? Read more>>

Meganthemogul | Cannapreneur

Potluckcrew is a social cannabis club designed to empower, entertain and educate on the purpose of cannabis and hemp. Potluckcrew started after attending multiple events in the cannabis industry and realizing there were no spaces for Black people and specifically women in the industry to be themselves. Potluckcrew is a combination of what it means to highlight cannabis culture positively, to foster education and healthy consumption. Over the past few years, we have grown our company, produced merchandise and events that promote small businesses across the country. Read more>>

Shemeka Sainvil Tangela Steele | Owner – Melanated Mindz

Melanated Mindz was created in created in 2019 after searching tirelessly for school supplies and resources that positively represented Black culture. After finding very little, Shemeka and Tangela began to brainstorm ideas. Honestly speaking, the brainstorming session did not make it very far. Ideas were thrown around but both were hesitant on moving forward. Read more>>

Katera Brown | Owner of Brown Elegancee

Answer: There were many times I asked myself how can I give my hair the love it needs without all the chemicals that will damage my hair over time. It was a difficult process for me to find exactly what my hair needed. I began researching and testing many ingredients and taking note of which ones really made a difference on my hair. Read more>>

Alexandria Onuoha | Developmental scientist, fashion stylist, dance artist

I thought about my childhood, I thought about the ways in which my mother instilled in me confidence and being okay with solitude. One thing that my childhood has was dance and culture, I come from a Jamaican family and the way in which we connect and create community is through dance. Read more>>

Marissa Jackson | Minority Business Owner & Creative Designer

When I started my business, I started it with it just being a hobby something I loved to do. It turned out to be more than what I expected. Within the first month of starting my business, I made over $1200 dollars with online sales on Etsy. When factoring in my local and word of mouth orders, I exceeded my own expectations and made more than I could ask for. Read more>>

Alicia Tucker | Soaps, Candles, & Crafts Creator

I am very crafty and creative. Being a single mother I had to find ways to take care and provide for my family. I needed the control of provision at my fingertips. It is immensely uncomfortable relaying on one means of income. Starting my business was familiar because I helped so many people start their businesses. When I finally decided it was my turn to promote and believe in my own vision, I found a reassuring confidence that continue to fuel me to this day. Read more>>

Rose Edma | CEO Of Pink Label

Pink Label started out as an idea in 2018 inspired by my passion for makeup and beauty. I grew up mesmerized watching my older cousins getting dolled up to hang out with friends or go to parties every weekend. When I discovered YouTube tutorials my freshman year in college, it became a safe place that would  inspire me countless times throughout the years. Read more>>