Are you thinking about starting a business?  If so, we think you’ll enjoy reading about how these seasoned entrepreneurs thought about the question when they were in your shoes.

Ashley Williams | Small Business Consultant and Strategist

I wasn’t fulfilled in my job. And that was hard to admit, because my job was super prestigious: Investment Banking Analyst on Wall Street. I was making six figures at 22 and “living the dream”… except it wasn’t a dream. Don’t get me wrong, I loved being challenged, the hustle, the grind. All of that fueled me. I was learning so much and being pushed to my limits almost every day. But at the end of the day, I felt a bit empty. I was helping a huge bank make a bunch of money, and that simply wasn’t motivation enough. Read more>>

Yanilu Rondon | Baker

Yanilu Rondon Cake Design started spontaneously and without any planning. In 1999 I emigrated from Venezuela to Atlanta, Georgia and in 2013 I decided to permanently move to Katy, Texas, motivated by the need to be present in my niece’s life. When she was 3 years old she asked me to make her a princess cake for her birthday and I could not refuse. Without any knowledge of the techniques for working with fondant, I decided to get down to business. Read more>>

Cassandria Henderson | Owner of Desired Promise™

The main reason for starting my own business was because I became ill and was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sjogren’s Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, and Connective Tissue Disorder to name a few. I did extensive research on what I was suffering from and it made sense to change from using products which contained chemicals to natural. So I set out to make my own natural products by doing the research needed to understand the benefits. Read more>>

Kevin Green II | Graphic Designer

Really the reason I started my business was based on control and income. I had been hired and let go from a string of jobs leading up to the decision. I was honestly just sick of being an expendable piece. Most of the jobs at the time hired me to only help during and inventory period or major holiday and when it was over they let go the newly hired workers. Also the job I had right before starting my business had hired to many people which resulted in hours being drastically cut. Read more>>