Starting and growing a business is hard, but often deciding to start the business in the first place is even harder. We asked some successful entrepreneurs from around the community to open up to us about how they thought about starting a business.

Amanda Waters | Licensed Aesthetician

It was really my clients who really motivated me to start my own business. They saw my passion for aesthetics. Even if it’s not with me, I’m here to assist in anyones aesthetics needs. I truly want what’s best for my clients and their skin. There’s so many people out there that are just trying to make a buck off you. It’s a shame. People waste so much money on bad products simply because they just don’t know. I’m here to educate, not sell. Read more>>

Fritz Fun | Designer and entrepreneur

To gain financial freedom Read more>>

Erik Anderson | Permanent scar reduction, as well as natural pain and stress reduction.

I have always had an entrepreneurial mindset and enjoy having my own business has been very gratifying even with the risks and struggles that come with it. Read more>>

Eric Fox | Chef/Owner

I have been in this business for nearly 30+ years & seen many operations & thought how much I liked what they did or what I could do better if I managed or owned that business. As this concept was just brief early conversation the tipping point to really make this dream a reality was the inconsistency of a various operations food programs that I used to frequent knowing I could do better or more consistent. Something all valued guests deserved. Read more>>

Abigail Schlesinger | Charcuterie Collective Owner and Operator

I wanted to start my business to help people by providing a way for them to connect with their friends and family! Charcuterie provides a unique way for people to connect because it allows for them to have a board that is an instant magnet for people at their event! When there is a charcuterie board at an event, people can’t help but attract to the board and want to try it all! I love having the opportunity to be a small part of all of our clients events! We have had the honor of being a part of so many people’s events and it is so fun to be a part! Read more>>

Abbie Parra | Microbiologist & Small Business Owner

I can’t say it has ever been a “dream” of mine to start my own business. I didn’t grow up wanting to own my own restaurant or flower shop or clothing store or anything like that. I’ve always been one to enjoy being creative and crafty and doing things with my hands. In my childhood, arts and crafts was my favorite. In adolescence, I loved to draw and paint as a side hobby. As I got into my college years I started to drift from the creative side of things and didn’t pick it up again until I was well into my 20s. I acquired an electronic cutting machine and started making all sorts of things as a fun hobby. Read more>>

Cherece Johnson | Owner of an all natural haircare product line

I never knew my passion would turn into a business. I grew up in an area where the extent of your dreams was to get a decent job and work until you die. Hope was minimal, even to go to college. One day in 2012 during the height of the “Go Natural” movement I cut off all my hair, looked in the mirror and immediately regretted it. I had been getting perms since I was 5 and loved my shoulder length hair. I needed to know how to grow my hair back as fast as possible without using chemicals. Read more>>

Sherry Brooks | Photographer

I started seriously taking photos after receiving my first DSLR camera as a gift from my Dad and my husband. My main subjects were my kids! They were serious competition dancers at the time and they were my favorite subjects. One of the first things that I did was take a class to learn about my camera. I wanted to learn how it worked, what the different settings would do and how to take photographs in different lighting conditions. I challenged myself to learn how to take photos of my girls performing on stage as well as how to take portraits. I continued to take classes to learn as much as I could. Read more>>

Vickiana Aquino | Newborn and Maternity Photographer

To be honest, I never thought that one day I would have my own Business, Photography has been my lifelong hobby, it’s something that I enjoy. During the pandemic I had my 3rd baby and I wanted the Newborn Professional photos, I decided to do it myself and when I saw the gallery of her mini photo session, my first thought was, I can do this, I can be a Newborn or a Family Photographer, that’s how my journey started. Read more>>

Mark Coleman | Owner of Coleman Painting

Previously I was working for a large corporate contracting business, and while there were advancement opportunities and it was a well-recognized company, I didn’t feel fulfilled. I had dreams of owning my own business one day, and knew I just needed to take the leap if I was ever going to do it. My wife was 2-months pregnant at the time, and while she may have thought the timing was a little scary to be leaving the security net of a dependable salary and health insurance, I saw the potential of what starting my own business could mean for providing for our family. Read more>>

Jerell Irving | Owner and Event Designer

When I started my business, Humble Events AZ, I started in a time when the world needed a bit of change. We started the event planning / coordination company in November of 2020 in the middle of this pandemic. We started with the idea of allowing people to get outside and enjoy nature with family and friends. We wanted to begin to bring people together and have them start reconnecting, and bring joy back to their life. So we started offering pop up picnic experiences. Read more>>

Chaunci King | Spirits Pioneer and Beverage Consultant

My thought process was freedom, with time and financially also feeling the gap/lack of women in spirits Read more>>

Jacob Lopez | Tattoo Artist and Teacher

There are plenty of tattoo shops out there already and with so much compation it makes you wonder if you will even stand out. However, I noticed from my own clients that they would talk about how horrible of an experince they have had with their last tattoo artist. More and more of my clients expressed the same setiment, that the tattoo industry was missing empathy, care and compasion. Read more>>