We asked the community what factors they felt were responsible for their success and we’ve highlighted some of those responses below.

Kerry Pauly | Owner, KP’s Kitchen

Our secret to the restaurant business is simple… “sell good food and be nice to people”. It seems simple, but we get a lot further in this process. Selling good food means having the courage to tell guests when we are not serving items due to shortages in the industry, calls on quality and really making all items from scratch. We fight the battle every day on pushing our team to not take short cuts that are “industry standards”. It a battle that our team, we have built, is in line with the vision of serving good food with quality ingredients. Read more>>

Stacy Williams | Founder & Creative Director

We’re still a fairly new brand but I would contribute much of our success to the community around us. We’ve connected with so many wonderful people through social media, manufacturing, and in-person who have fully supported us from the beginning and continue to do so. Read More>>

Lilian Bodunrin | Certified Birth and Postpartum Doula & Wellness advocate

The most important factor is making sure that people are loved well. As a believer, this has been an anchor in my life and paved the way for me to use my passions, gifts, and wisdom in ways that are transformative and a reflection of Christ’s love and light. My doula business is no different. I desire for women to be empowered, encouraged and educated enough to fight fear with facts. Statistics show that black women are 3 to 4 times more likely to die from a pregnancy related cause. Learning this has lit a fire inside me that will not be quenched until more women of color are loved, heard, and seen well enough to change these numbers. Read more>>

Vanessa Wodehouse | Small Business Owner

Support of family and friends. You absolutely have to be somewhat of a risk taker but surrounding yourself with positive, kind people gives you a huge advantage. My spouse is and continues to be my biggest fan and listens to ALL my crazy ideas. Read more>>

DJ Kimmy K | Mobile DJ

I think the most important factor of my brand is being a woman in a male dominated industry. I started in 1998 where it was not seen much at all to be a woman mobile DJ. I think my success is staying true to myself and my beliefs sharing positivity. I stay centered and strong in my faith in God, which has brought me to where I am today. Read more>>

Troy Anthony Bolden | Co-Founder/Owner/CEO

The most important factor behind our success and our brand’s success has been the support from our community. When we first introduced the Low Sodium, No MSG, and Great Flavored Cajun seasoning blend that was especially blended for the Home Chef; the community immediately embraced our Cajun Nation® Cajun Seasoning. According to many in the community they have always wanted an alternative seasoning that would help them to address their hypertension and diabetes concerns; but also keep their food full of flavor. Read more>>

Dayna Hennigan | Real Estate Agent

My faith is the most important factor behind my success followed by mindset and networking. Before starting as a realtor, I was a school administrator and if you would have asked me where do I see myself in 2021, I would have quickly said something to the idea of leading or opening my own school. To go from being a school administrator to a full-time realtor at the rate of success that I have experienced thus far, has been absolutely mind blowing. Read more>>

Ace Bugey | Recording Artist

the most important factor behind my success would be the connection with my fan base. over the years i have seen it go from little to nothing, to something i can work with and count on when it comes to releases, videos, and merch when the time comes. without the ones who support me, im at ground zero with nothing lifting me up Read more>>

Jericka Lathers | Licensed Hairstylist and Entrepreneur

I believe that its two factors that contribute to my success as well as brand! The first one would have to be my passion for my career. I have been a hairstylist since 2014 and honestly I can’t see myself doing anything else. I love what I do and that plays a huge role when you are trying to succeed in what you do. When you do not enjoy something, you tend not to put your all in it and it lacks the character of making it your own. Which means at some point you’re doing it solely for the money. When working for the money, you began to do things that don’t really make sense. Which sometimes can ruin your brand.  Read more>>