Ideas aren’t everything, execution matters greatly, but starting often requires an idea and so we asked folks to think back and tell us the story of how they came up with the idea for their businesses. We’ve highlighted some of our favorite stories below.

Chandra “Cece” Heath | Founder of an Non Profit For Veterans & CEO of Record Label

I would have to say watching my grandfather’s brother who was an Army veteran behavior as a young child . Not realizing why his behavior was the way it was at the time. I would walk in as a child and say Hi uncle John and he would just look up at me and look back down . Smoke his cigarettes w/ leg cross rocking back and forth rubbing on one ear until he was told that it was bad time. I would ask my grandmother what was wrong she would just say baby some people handle being release from the military differently. What I didn’t know I would be a an caregiver of my father who was an ex Marine at the age of 18 and so it began. Read more>>

Leah Hardwick | Digital Illustrator, Jewelry Maker, Flower Enthusiast

When I create things, whether it be digital art, miniatures, or jewelry, I feel really satisfied. I really enjoy trying something new every so often and taking a risk. Recently, I’ve had success by trying out resin to create jewelry, and I’ve had a great time practicing with this medium. I bought some supplies before the pandemic hit, and have made things like pins, rings, earrings, and brooches. There’s always something to try, new textures to mix, and so many inspiring tutorials online. As far as the rest of my business goes, I’m still first and foremost a digital artist. However, I’m always willing to try something new, as long as it’s an excuse to make something. Read more>>

Joyce Ratcliff | Cook and Healthcare Provider

For years I’ve been cooking and feeding people. It’s just something I love doing. Once I started catering and selling lunch plates from home I knew it would be a career for me. Read more>>

Summer Reeves | Co-Owner

In 2017 Jess was getting married and wanted a micro wedding (under 15 people) in Houston. However in looking around, she quickly found that there were no locations in Houston that catered to the size and style that she was looking for. After a health scare a year later Jess decided that she wanted to start her own business. Considering who she wanted to take this new journey with, she reached out to myself (Summer) and Pilar to see if we were interested in joining in. Because we all had similar passions we quickly determined that we wanted a location where we could bring the arts and local communities together through craft workshops, small gatherings, and photography. As a small female owned business ourselves, we love promoting other small businesses especially women owned businesses. By providing a location for them to promote their crafts and leveraging their products and services for micro-gatherings. We believe that Thirteen48 brings a unique service to our community and are always so excited to meet others in our community that we can partner with and support. Read more>>

Amanda Cooper | Registered Nurse & Entrepreneur

I believe the idea came to me years ago when I was pursuing my undergraduate degree at Texas Southern University. I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do or how I would make it happen, but I just knew that I wanted to do something to uplift black people. Over the years as I thought about the challenges that people of color faced and how it has affected us mentally, I decided that I wanted to create something that portrayed us in a beautiful and positive light. That desire eventually led to create N’herent Beauty Apparel. Read more>>