Many books on startups and business talk about how there are right and wrong reasons for starting a business.  So, we asked a handful of successful founders about their reasons and the thought-process behind starting their business.

Amber Tollefson | Co-Founder / and Chief Storyteller

I left a big corporation as a Senior Promotions Producer at FOX Sports to start my own company. After starting docu+brand C R E A T I V E and having 4 people working out of my home office and having my dog barking while I was on the phone with the clients, I realized we needed another workspace option. The concept of coworking intrigued me over the years as I love the idea of collaboration. Read more>>

Kaleigh McBride | Jewelry Designer & Freedive/SCUBA Instructor

To be honest, I never really had a thought process behind starting my own business, it just kind of happened! It all started with a passion for the ocean and a love for seashells. Back when I was in college, I would walk the beach and collect shells as a form of meditation. Being a crafty DIY person along with having an overabundance of seashells, I decided to make wire wrapped jewelry for friends and family. Read more>

Samantha Nifakos | Hair & Makeup Artist

I had always dreamed of starting my own business. I believe wholeheartedly that passion is a crucial quality of success. Running your own business gives me a sense of accomplishment and pride. Once I set my mind to something I will find a way to achieve that. Read more>>

Rachel Locker Kaufman | Owner, Lifestyles Giftware

As a little girl, I turned my playroom into a make-believe store. I had a cash register, credit card imprinter (remember those?) and a Mickey Mouse phone, and I would “sell” my toys to members of my family. I always dreamed of one day owning a real store of my own… About 20 years ago, my mom, Harriet, and I moved to Boca Raton, Florida to be closer to my aging grandparents. We would get our nails done weekly at Boca Nails in Royal Palm Place and always pop in to the gift shop next door. Read more>>