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.

Terrea Sims | Non-Invasive Body Sculptor

I wanted to start a business that would help people, mainly women, feel confident and beautiful in their own skin! Forgetting what society says that “we should look like” and loving our bodies! My thought process behind starting my own business was, “I’m want to help educate people about non-surgical options to alter and enhance the body naturally. Read more>>

Allie & Blanca Dziewulski & Ulloa | Founders of Jump into Bliss

We are Allie and Blanca, the founders of Jump Into Bliss! We have been best friends for over 10 years. In March of 2020 we decided to start a business together. No one could have guessed what 2020 had in store for any of us, but we were ready to jump into this new venture. Allie was in the midst of planning her own wedding and came across the idea of an elegant white bounce house. After some research and realizing there was no-one in Arizona that offered this amazing service we decided we would take the plunge. It has been a whirlwind of learning and growing but we are so grateful for all of the people that have loved and supported our small business. Read more>>

Robert Oeser | Restaurant Consulting & Comic Book Guru

Oh my gosh, it wasn’t even my idea as much as it was my parents cleaning out my “stuff” from the basement. After they dropped off my numerous boxes of childhood comic books, I found myself rediscovering the fun and enjoyment they brought me. This led to discovering that there was still a huge market for comics, and folks with deep comic book industry and story knowledge. Fueled highly by the current run of MCU and DC movies, as well as series like The Walking Dead and shows on Netflix, Prime, and more, everything old was new again to me! Lets face it; you can’t go to a theme park, the grocery store, browse FaceBook, or even turn on the tube without seeing something that spawned from comic books. Read more>>

Ty Dunn | Entrepreneur

I was tired of the long hours and underpay that comes with being a nurse. When Covid hit things were bad in healthcare and I didn’t want to risk bringing it home to my children. I then started Sadity Boss LLC. I originally started out with “Spinnanite Bags” custom made, along with custom t-shirt designs. I did really well with that and I then recently relocated my family to Phoenix where Sadity Boss Beauty Bar was born. It is a full-service salon and expansion of Sadity Boss LLC. Read more>>

Samantha Sloan | Your AZ Agent

One of the big motivators I’ve had from the start is to change the standard of this industry. Real estate agents often are viewed negatively and with good reason. I have seen a lot of agents who have settled for being below average and do not provide clients with the service and education those clients truly deserve. I want to set a new level of expectations, professionalism, education, and trust for every client interaction I have. My goal is to create the best possible experience for my clients that exceed expectations and set a new standard for authentic and truly exceptional real estate agents. Read more>>

Monica Cantu | Hair Transformer

Honestly, my biggest motivation on becoming self employed was me being a mom! I have 3 beautiful children, and currently expecting my fourth! I love the flexibility I have with being in charge of who I service and how long I work throughout the days. Read more>>

Taunya Altamirano | Travel Expert and Blogger

I had been spending years working 60 hours a week for other companies to be successful and burning myself out to a point that my health was affected. I had learned that it does not matter how much of yourself that you give to a company, in the end they are all about them and their success. I understand that they are in business to make money at the same time I began to see that you can treat your staff well and still be successful. In fact, you might be more successful. I asked myself why don’t I spend that much time and energy making my own company successful Being burnt out meant that I really needed to find something I was passionate about and also a company that would help me get started. So the research began! Read more>>

Nindi Wadhwa | Owner, Scooptacular

I’ve always had the desire to have my own business. I had ventured into the entrepreneurship world with some low risk small businesses prior to opening Scooptacular. The timing was just right. I was furloughed from the airlines at the time and was finishing up my MBA. May 2010 is when we opened our doors. Our physical location was formerly a national ice cream chain that had closed do to the housing crash in 2008, 2009 and 2010. We saw that Laveen didn’t have any family friendly options. I really wanted a place where families could take a break from all the negative that was around us and a place where I could have daddy daughter dates. Our vision was to be a bacon of hope to the community. Read more>>

Rose Le Veque | Potter

I’m lucky enough to be a third-generation potter, but I didn’t always want to be a potter. I actually was a medical biller and coder and like most jobs like this, it involved sitting behind a cubical and getting yelled at if you spoke during an 8 hour period. I worked at a place that you weren’t allowed to get up from your cubical or else you would get written up, including restroom breaks. I eventually lost my mind after working there for so long and got into my car and called my mother crying that I hated my life. She asked me if I wanted to come to Montana for a year and train with my family in pottery. To do this though I had to split up my family for a year – which was the hardest decision of my life. But I took it and left for a year, trained in Montana, came back to Arizona with an entire new life and I had to hustle more than ever to build a complete start up business. Read more>>

Dr. Brian Curtice | Dinosaur Paleontologist and Founder of Fossil Crates

COVID shut down natural history, science, and children’s museums all over the world, including the one I am affiliated with. I realized I had access to amazing specimens and could to literally “bring the museum home” to individuals that love natural history. Read more>>

Tomasz Wasiuk | Saucier & Video Game Enthusiast

Since I was a teenager, I found myself often putting hot sauce on my meals. Fast forward to now I have a fridge full of different hot sauces. Over this past year I have had a lot of time on my hands. I grew inspired by local companies such as High Desert from Tucson, Arizona Spice Co. based out of Mesa and various vendors from the food truck scene. I started experimenting with different sauces until I finally found a sauce my girlfriend, brother, and I thoroughly enjoyed. Which happened to be my jalapeno pineapple sauce, Green Hill Zone. Now alongside making my sauces, I have been collecting video games over the past 10 years. So when brainstorming a name for my new sauce, it was only natural that I chose something video game related. Thus started the theme for my brand. Read more>>

Lyubov Ivakhnenko | Nail artist

I started out in the beauty industry doing nails when I was 19 years old living in my home to of Rivne which is located in western Ukraine. I worked at various salons and periodically branching out on my own. I came to a realization that I really enjoyed working for myself. I like having the ability to control my own schedule, build my clientele and grow my business as I envision it. 7 years ago, when I moved to the United States I got a good understanding for how the salon and more specifically the nail industry operates. My skills, style and quality didn’t fit in to the parameters already in place at most if not all “high end salons” in and around Phoenix. Thus, it was a very easy decision for me to start my own business and provide a unique new approach to an established nail industry. Read more>>

Paulina Hidalgo | Event Planner & Sign Inspector/Reviewer

To be honest I didn’t think too much about it, one day I said, “I’m going to book my first customer” and I did. I had thought about it once or twice 2 years before that m, but that was really it. It was more of “can i really do this?” And I said “yes I can”. Read more>>

Joanna Hennigan | Pottery Artist

My pottery business started after a time of transition. I had become a mother for the first time, and our little family had moved to Arizona from Massachusetts. I hadn’t touched clay since college 3 years prior and I was missing it deeply. I didn’t have the money to buy the equipment or childcare so I felt pretty stuck for those years. I decided to take a leap and put out an Indiegogo campaign to fund what I called a ‘self-guided residency’ which included a membership to the Tucson Clay Co-op. Read more>>