We reached out to some of our favorite entrepreneurs and asked them to think back and tell us about how they decided to start a business. Check out their responses below.

Shivani Vyas | Interior Designer

“Create a life you don’t need a vacation from.” Cheesy, I know, but I saw this quote on a TJ Maxx piece of artwork when I was 26. Back then, I was working in a cubicle for Biogen in Durham, NC. I immediately bought the framed quote, hung it up in my apartment entryway, and started thinking. Read more>>

BRANDON TIPPS | Clothing Brand

My thought process behind starting my own business is to make sure my two beautiful daughters are financially stable and so they will not have to depend on anybody. Read more>>

Angel Gutierrez | Founder of Goot Ole Bbq

It was started as a side job with the intention of growing into what would eventually be my full-time job. Read more>>

Marcos Hernandez Chavez | Artist

I knew I wanted to be an artist by the time I was ten years old, and when I graduated from college and started working as an art installer in Houston, I gave myself ten years to complete the goal of being able to work on my own practice. I can look back now and see how it all happened organically, but it was very much so learning as I went. Read more>>

Brittany Shannon | Prenatal and pediatric chiropractor

Most people don’t know we can adjust babies or that chiropractic care is helpful for more than just pain. When I tell people I’m a pediatric chiro the look at me like I’m crazy! People always ask “do you crack babies??” A baby adjustment is so gentle and shouldn’t have any audible sound in babies. Read more>>