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.

Shalae Price | Home Organizer

The most important factor behind my success in business, is having people on my team that are dependable and trustworthy! In the beginning, I was afraid to let anyone help me. Over time though, the burden of taking care of everything the business needs had me completely overwhelmed and wanting to give up on growing or even continuing with the business. It took a leap of faith to let go and allow some of my team members to have more responsibility, but once I did it, I felt enthusiasm for my work again! Besides just relieving me from some of my duties, there were so many benefits that came as a result of utilizing my team members more. We all have different ideas which is great in the work of home organizing. Sometimes, the best solutions to problem solving come when we think outside of the box… which is much more likely to happen with a team of individuals brainstorming together. Read more>>

Mackenzie Dudzik | Hey there, I’m Mack | Content Creator & Social Media Guru

You have to be so incredibly confident in WHAT exactly your brand is. If your brand is not crystal clear, to both you (and your team) and the consumer, then you’ll run into issues, no doubt. When I was first starting my personal brand, I thought I had it down pat. I knew who I was, the kind of content I was producing, and the kind of consumer I was creating for. But it wasn’t until I sat down and mapped it out, and got as specific as possible, that I was able to pitch myself to anyone, anywhere. Once that happened, I was experiencing wins left and right. Read more>>

Stephanie Pletka | Writer, Author & Entrepreneur

My biggest success occurred when I started before I had it all figured out. No one is born knowing how to do anything. I had never written a book or recorded a podcast or spoke at an event. But I stepped into my purpose, to help other women find the goodness in the hard places. I googled, YouTubed and asked a million questions. Excuses or lack of resources wouldn’t stop me. Instead of fearing failure, I embraced it, because perfect is a lie. When you fail, get back up. When it doesn’t work out, take notes and re-route. The world needs what you have to offer. Start ugly, start unsure, start now. Read more>>

Radha and Damodar Cordua | Teachers, Healers and Wellness Practitioners

This is such a wonderful question and one that we find ourselves meditating on often. We feel as though we were led here, our spiritual life has helped facilitate us on this wonderful path of service to others. For years, we have embraced a community based model, this is something that has always been important to us. Getting people together, supporting our local community of healers, artists and makers and providing a space for the people to come together, feel nourished, heal and grow both individually & collectively is the heartbeat of our business. Read more>>