We reached out to some of our favorite entrepreneurs and asked them to think back and tell us about how they decided to start a business. Check out their responses below.

Jennifer Taylor | Fitness Professional, Entrepreneur & Fitness and Wellness Manager

As a young child I always dreamt about owning my own business. I saw family members who developed and built their own business, living a life of freedom. As I became older, I like many people worked in corporate America. I did not have control over my schedule, vacation or simply time with my family. I realized the dream of being my own boss was still alive and well. But fell victim to the normal pitfall that everyone feels, being timing just was not right. Marriage, children, work, home ownership and all the other responsibilities just seemed to get in the way. As my children were growing up and becoming more independent, I started my journey into health and fitness, and I LOVED IT. Read more>>

Smilena Schwadron | OWNER, JABZ BOXING FITNESS FOR WOMEN – GILBERT

I love helping people and as I got on the healthier lifestyle, I decided to share my journey with others. I had just started working out at one of the other Jabz locations and fell in love with the concept. After my very first class, the idea of opening my own was born. I could see myself contributing and bringing some amazing workouts to women, to achieve their goals and dreams. Read more>>

Bre Hanks | Hand Lettering Artist + Story Teller

I originally started my business as an Etsy shop for chalkboards, which is so fun to look back and see how far my business has come. After a long journey trying to figure out what was right for me and my business, it eventually evolved into what it is now… sharing women’s stories and creating art out of their words. I felt compelled to help women in some way, and the way I was doing it before didn’t have the impact that I was seeking. I knew I wanted to use hand-letting in my business, but trying to find something that felt right was really difficult. I realized that if I wanted true impact, I needed to pray and ponder on what it is that I needed to be doing. It didn’t just come to me overnight, it took weeks of constant thought and prayer. I can honestly say that my business has been guided by God and my faith, and that really took me to the next level, and I’m so grateful! Read more>>

Todd and Tracy Sallee | FTC Kombucha

“Wow! How can something that taste this great be good for you!” FTC Kombucha was created to share with others. See our son was sick and he needed probiotics to help absorb nutrients in food. Kombucha back then was vinegary and difficult to get a kid to take. We would take it like medicine because the probiotics in Kombucha were gentler in the gut. Growing to love Kombucha we filled our grocery cart full of different brands. That’s when I realized I need to learn to make it! We needed a SCOBY. (Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast) So we purchased several commercial scobies, even got one from Tibet. After 6 months of trying to get them to grow they were all struggling. Then one day, my husband Todd offered to feed them for me. Read more>>

Michelle Wiederhold | Hand Stamper I Small Business Owner

I was a stay at home mom that waitressed on the weekends. I decided one day that I really wanted to be able to work from home so I could always be with my kids. I’ve always love being creative and decided to take up hand stamping. Read more>>

David Specht | Comedy Club Owner

My wife and I were performing in other people’s theatres and never in our home town. We wanted to bring something special to Chandler and we thought we knew how to do it. Read more>>