We asked some of the city’s rising stars to reflect on what made a difference in their journey. We asked them to tell us about what they think the most important factor has been behind their success.

Courtney Wells | Pizzaiola & Mother

The answer to this question is simple- the most important factor behind succeeding is having grit. I have adapted to balancing my work and home life but that doesn’t mean it comes easy all the time. You really need the ability to persevere through the long hours, and long days, but that drive and hunger for success comes naturally when I have a passion for something. Read more>>

Linsay Chavez | Owner

I actually think about this question all the time. I really believe that the main reason that our small business is growing is because of the tremendous support from family, friends, and community members that have rallied behind us. I’m always amazed when I’m out in public and I see a stranger wearing a Four Arrows Garden t-shirt or one of our stickers on somebody’s water bottle. I feel humbled by the support from the community and am thankful that so many people out there understand the need to support and promote small businesses to help them succeed. Read more>>

Krystal Popov | Founder of The L Offices & Proper Shops

I had been part of a coworking space during my time in Phoenix and Chicago and I knew Tucson was missing an inspiring entrepreneur Coworking environment. I was sure I could create that. once I have a vision, I don’t give up! I was also intentional about bringing wellness into the workplace. Both of our combine 25000 sq feet of private offices and coworking space have gyms, golf simulators, and we bring in community wellness experts in every Wednesday. There is an awareness today that didn’t exist a few generations ago. Read more>>