Starting a business is often a life-altering decision.  It can affect you in so many ways beyond just financially.  We asked some of the smartest entrepreneurs we know about their thought-process around starting their own businesses.

SheMeika Arogbonlo | Certified Wedding Planner & Event Specialist

The birth of SRTW started earlier last year. I am a member of a few Facebook groups with Brides in the surrounding areas (Houston, Austin, etc.) and often times, I would see comments like “Where should I get married, that won’t break the bank?” , “I don’t want a big wedding” or “I don’t want to get married in the courthouse so should I elope?”. After reading those comments, I just remember thinking that all couples deserve something unique and special, regardless of their budget or size. Read more>>

Queen Muhammad | CEO

I have a few nick names, but most people know me as Queen Muhammad. I started Madd Pop Records in 2017 from my love for music and not hearing that soul sound that I heard growing up on the radio anymore. I love the new music but I wanted to hear more so since Philadelphia has been a huge part of the soul sound, I thought, why not start a record label. Read More>>

Shayna Toledo | Hair Stylist

I wanted to grow my business on my own terms in a way where I can best service my clients, while not compromising my passions. Everyone has their idea of business, customer service, and self branding. I wanted to take the ideas I had for myself and the business I envisioned and be able to implement them. I’d like to consider my career as an artistic one, not only is it artistic but it’s technical as well. Read more>>

LeTony Had ot | Photographer

It started as a T-Shirt business, but slowly started to focus more on photography. I’ve always been an artist as heart of some sort. At the time, I was heavily into design. With that being said, I would design my own t-shirts and it got to a point where I actually did start selling them. I wanted to have people model my shirts for advertising on social media, so I ended up getting a camera and that’s when my focus shifted and I decided to seriously pursue photography. Read more>>

Kimberly MacRae | Founder

I’ve always known two things: 1) I wanted to be a wife and mother, and 2) I wanted to be a business owner. My parents owned their own business for 30 years, so I soaked it all in. As a child, I would play store owner and rearranged my entire room to look like a store, cash register and all! Fast forward to 2013. After trying baltic amber on our first son, I was amazed at how well it worked. Read more>>