Our city is home to so many incredible businesses and so we asked the founders how they came up with the ideas for their businesses and have shared their responses below.

Kim Fisher | Fitness Trainer & Longevity Mentor

Diva Over Fifty The Exclusive Fitness & Lifestyle Retreats and Online Resources for Women Over Fifty healthy and ageless. As accomplished women. Isn’t that what we all want to feel? You know that in order to achieve that goal, you need a fitness and lifestyle program that encompasses all aspects of health: mind, body, and spirit. The problem is there never seems to be enough time to do it all. It’s normal to lose confidence and feel defeated. What’s worse, when you are over fifty you start to feel invisible, like your goal to get fit seems to be overlooked by an industry that focuses on youth. I believe Women over 50 can choose to be ageless. You deserve to have a healthy, happy and balanced life through wellness that is specific to your needs and goals. I’m over 50 and loving it. Here’s my secret: I have an insider advantage in the wellness industry. I’ve been a personal trainer and health advocate for over 38 years. In that time and through training thousands of women, I noticed a problem. Women over 50 were unable to find health and fitness programs and resources that were tailored to their specific needs. Read more>>

Rana Lashgari | Government Advocate

Before starting my own firm, I worked at almost every level of government- from local to federal. I started my firm because I wanted to bring a fresh approach to lobbying at the local level and break down barriers in an industry traditionally shrouded by the old school notion that lobbying is only for large corporations with deep pockets. I knew my background and experience could help a much broader range of businesses, citizens and community groups work more effectively with their local governments. Many of my clients have never worked with a lobbyist before. But they understand every city is different and having the right advocate guiding them through the process can make all the difference. Read more>>

Chandler J. Holsapple, Esq. | Attorney & Brand Protector

I thought to myself- how can I bring innovation to the legal industry? How can I make things easier and more accessible to people? Then it hit me, times are changing and the world is going virtual. Now more than ever we want efficiency- and operating in the online space makes that possible. By having an virtual-based firm, I’m able to meet with clients when it’s most convenient for them. Mark Twain said “There is no such thing as a new idea. It is impossible. We simply take a lot of old ideas and put them into a sort of mental kaleidoscope. We give them a turn and they make new and curious combinations. We keep on turning and making new combinations indefinitely; but they are the same old pieces of colored glass that have been in use through all the ages.” I agree. I didn’t reinvent the wheel, I simply spun it differently. As an entrepreneur, you must be willing to constantly evolve and bring simplicity to consumers in new and different ways. Read more>>

Barbara Dahlstedt | Fine Artist and Instructor

I came up with the idea of Dahlstedt Art when I was a high school art teacher. I was near the end of my teaching career when I decided to try my hand as a fine artist while I still had a steady income. I will always remember my mother’s words about not becoming a starving artist. So I entered the fine art world with baby steps. I began by entering art contests. My high school students were quite successful with competitions so I thought that this was a good place to start. Much to my delight, I had immediate success. It was a way to get my work into galleries and museums, gain a reputation, and earn a little prize money as well. Another way to promote my art was to do so through social media. As I posted my work on artists’ Facebook groups, I gained a fan base and was noticed by art magazine publishers. Soon I was getting my work into art magazines and books. Last year I was the featured artist on the cover of Colored Pencil Magazine with a multi-page spread on the inside. Little did I know that this fan base would become important to me in the near future. Read more>>