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Ken Childers, partner with City Music, says music has always helped define his life. Childers says after CD Warehouse closed, he and some friends decided to open a store with a live music venue. …

When Emery Bryant discovered new software that expanded her online yoga teaching capabilities, she recruited her favorite local instructors to start AWE Fitness. Not needing a brick and mortar space …

CEO of Modbox, Justin Cardoza, knew a little about electronics from his work in video and photography. He also knew when it was time to seek out a professional. Cardoza talked with a prototyping …

Margo Spilde, founder and CEO of GRASP, picked her friend Christen Jeschke to help form the group. Spilde says Jeschke's writing talent and ability to ask relevant questions have been essential to …

Annie Pope, CEO and owner of The Chili Bowl By Cafe 21 says she’s been able to apply lessons learned from her previous restaurant to her current one. Pope says they understood their customer base …

SueAnn Hollowell, CEO of Optikal, says using social media is an effective method of reaching customers. She says they connect with social media influencers who then review their products on YouTube. …

Government regulation of business isn’t always seen in a positive light. Justin Cardoza, CEO of Modbox, thought new FAA guidelines might dampen the drone industry, but he says it raised the value …

Kim Gardner, owner of Breathe Salt Vault says a vacation spa treatment led her to open her own halotherapy spa. Gardner says she wasn’t familiar with dry salt therapy and after trying it, decided …

SueAnn Hollowell, CEO of Optikal says when a business reaches the break even point, it can sustain itself without additional investment. “I think one of the biggest reasons businesses fail - it’s …

Justin Cardoza, CEO of Modbox, says they started building interest in their product before it hit the market. “We’ll send some of those prototypes to some of the professionals that I’ve been …

“For me, it was all about amassing experience and learning as much as I could, and then at the same time, applying that to my business,” says SueAnn Hollowell, CEO of Optikal. Hollowell started …

Kevin Wyas, founder of ECRI, says he would have saved time and money by outsourcing earlier in his venture. Wyas says by utilizing the expertise of others, you can advance your product to market, get …

Janice Goocher, owner and designer of Canvas Connections, turned her side passion into a business. Goocher, who loves artwork and challenging herself with new things, says she began hosting parties …

Brandon Goodwin, co-founder and executive producer at Blend, says the idea for a new company came from getting too much wear and tear on their personal vehicles. They purchased a large truck and …

“Never having opened a business before, this was all new and I just had the passion and idea and was ready to go for it,” says Kim Gardner, owner of Breathe Salt Vault. Gardner says she jumped in …

“The big thing is a lot of people think you have to spend a ton of money to get started, and you really don’t,” says Kevin Wyas, founder of ECRI. Wyas says you’re better off starting small …

Erica Lea Hendrix, owner and lead designer at Erica Lea Design Studios, graduated from college during the recession and couldn’t find a job in her field. She worked as a nanny until she found an …

“Startup capital is always a challenge, especially being African-American entrepreneurs, we don’t have a network we can pull from,” says SueAnn Hollowell, CEO of Optikal. Hollowell says she and …

“I want to be here on the open side with the client and educating and answering questions and giving them the experience I envisioned with this location,” says Kim Gardner, owner of Breathe Salt …

“It was one of the best things in my life, selling the business, because I was able to take a vacation with no cell phones or anything and just read and not worry that my business was burning down …

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