We asked some of the city’s rising stars about why they think they have been so successful and we’ve shared their responses below.

Marie Cook | Emarem COOKies Owner

The most important factor behind my success is my creativity and deep passion for my craft. I enjoy baking and making beautiful edible creations. I love my work. “If you love your work, you’ll never work a day in your life”. Read more>>

Albert De La Garza | Owner & Designer

I feel the most important factor behind the brand is staying true to myself and what I create. When my art comes organically, it makes it worth it. I want to leave a mark with my brand, and really try to get conversations in people’s daily lives to mean something more than small talk. I like provoking thought and being able to be very ‘human’ with each and everyone I come across. Regardless of beliefs, political views, religion, race, I want the brand to be a middle ground for everyone to talk about this thing called “Life” in a whole and what it really means to themselves. In this industry I know, its easy to stray from the path and do whatever everyone else is doing. So I say the biggest thing again for the brand’s success is to stay true, be humble and take it day by day with MACABRE. Nothing is promised in this life. This Life Is Violent. Read more>>

Donna Sewell | CEO and Founder

The most important aspect of my success is to continue to create matcha beauty products that are verifiably making a difference in greater health and beauty, with natural and pure ingredients with matcha at its core. Read more>>

Jennifer Krienert | Owner and Creator of Rock Your Different – Clothing With a Cause

I think the most important factor behind my success and the success of Rock Your Different is that I have never given up. I believe so much in our mission and what we are doing that I won’t let anyone tell me no. If they do, I just let that fuel me and then think of another way to do it. I work hard and am persistent and have tenacity. Read more>>

Stephanie Wimbish | Owner & Creator

The most important factor behind my success is being persistent and having determination!! You have to ask yourself “why am I doing this?” I always tell myself that the world needs it! So.. with that being said.. I can’t stop!. Read more>>

Dr. Chante Pantila | EMDR Therapist & Life Changer

I strive to be as authentic as possible and this shows up in my brand. So many people who come to my office comment on how it is “so Chante.” I have intention in everything I do with my business, it’s from the art on the walls to the shirts I wear and how this intention will impact my patients. My authenticity and the realness of who I am are at the core of everything I do; it’s how I connect, how I deliver treatment, and how I show up in life. I attribute my success to being who I am as much as possible. Read more>>

Jennifer Miles | Marketing Professional, Yoga and Meditation Teacher

1. Creative thinking, the ability to shift and move when things don’t happen the way you plan. Pivot and pivot fast. 2. Being a person with integrity, who does what they say they will do or does the right thing because it’s the right thing to do. 3. Authenticity and consistency. 4. Open and clear communication. 5. Trustworthiness helps develop lasting relationships. 6. Be kind. This simple act means a lot to people… and they will remember your kindness. 7. Serve people well and serve many, without any other motive than to be of service. 8. Provide value. Read more>>