It takes a lot more than an idea to build a business, but there can’t be a business without the idea. So we asked folks who’ve built wonderful businesses to tell us about how they came up with the idea in the first place.

Kinyatta E. Gray | FlightsInStilettos Founder & Published Author

It’s a funny story! I was taking a trip to a tropical destination three years ago, and that particular year I was very meticulous about what I wanted to wear and what kind of beach towel I wanted to take with me. I wanted a glamourous beach towel with an illustration of a stylish, fashionable, and sophisticated woman of color in a swimsuit on it. So, I began searching on the internet to look for beach towels fitting that description, and I could not find what I was looking for. Read more>>

Kimberly Hartzfeld, DO | Functional Medicine Physician specializing in Women’s Health

When you start out in any career you jump in, get your feet wet and hone your skill. It takes time to understand the ins and outs of a business. After graduating from residency, I was excited to get out there and practice medicine. As the years went on, I realized that I loved seeing patients but I did not like how medicine was being practiced. Too often the focus was on treating symptoms instead of finding and fixing the cause of disease. Read more>>

Cristal Rodriguez | General Manager

In 2019, our Founders, Everardo Chavez, Ismael and Martha Rodriguez envisioned building a modern Mexican style restaurant that would make people and quality the main focus. Ismael Rodriguez is originally from Guanajuato, Mexico. He has worked in multiple Mexican restaurants in Arizona for over 25 years. With so much experience, Ismael always had a dream. He hoped to utilize his skills and experiences to someday open a family owned restaurant and become a business owner with his wife, Martha Rodriguez. Read more>>