We asked the community what factors they felt were responsible for their success and we’ve highlighted some of those responses below.

Kerry Weber-Augustyn | Hairstylist and Salon Owner

I would say the most important factor behind the success of my salon would be the genuine relationships I have formed with my clientele. I have known most of my clients for years and am always welcoming new clients as well. I have formed such amazing friendships with them, making people feel beautiful and then loving their hair really matters to me. Read more>>

Cynthia Magallanes | Founder & CEO

As a survivor of sexual exploitation I wanted to do something to provide other survivors with services to help them heal. I quickly realized that services were not available because funding was low. As a solution, I created a way where the community could get involved and survivors would get funding and services that were desperately needed. In 2013 I launched Free Ever After Bridal Boutique. A resale bridal boutique providing sustainable luxury for brides while providing immediate funding for Masterpiece Mentorship Program a local nonprofit providing resources and mentoring services to survivors. Read more>>

Brian & Linda Bergeson | Owners

First is relying on our faith to guide us in our approach to how are business is presented We operate with honesty and integrity with our staff and customers We view our business as more than Just a vehicle to support our family and staff We desire it to be a place that has a positive impact on all Who come through our doors as workers, customers or curious visitors. Read more>>

Adrienne Knauer | Professional Harpist & Realtor

There are many important factors behind the success of my brand, but I’d say the biggest is being able to differentiate myself from the competition. I read a life-changing book called Blue Ocean Strategy. If you offer a different service unlike anything that’s out there, you will likely be successful and have little to no competition. In my harp business, I do that by playing rock, pop, and jazz covers of songs. A lot of harpists and classically-trained musicians (as I am) are wrapped up in how they think their business “should” be instead of evolving with the times and adapting to the needs of consumers in the present world. You truly have to “think outside the box” and be ok with being different. Read more>>