We reached out to some of our favorite entrepreneurs and asked them to think back and tell us about how they decided to start a business. Check out their responses below.

Michael Lovato | Real Estate Agent

My wife and I used to be professional triathletes, and we trained and competed full time. To do that you have to run every aspect of a business, and so when we went into real estate, it was natural that we’d start our own company/ business Read more>>

Jes! Hitch | Hair Designer

Luxe Couture Hair Design was born from a deep desire to build a better hair experience. Read more>>

Dawn Ledeboer | Artist / Owner of On the Edge Outdoor Apparel Company

I have always had a strong entrepreneurial spirit. As a kid, I remember setting up a made-up store in the basement, babysitting and doing odd jobs for neighbors. In high school and into college, I sold artwork and did freelance work. After my junior year of college, I decided to turn my hobby into a business. Read more>>

Paul Durbin

We kind of fell into it honestly. When we first moved back to the United States after living in China for 11 years, we didn’t have a place to live for a few months. We had a house lined up, but we couldn’t move into it immediately. So, our choices were either to stay with family, live in a hotel, or buy a camper and go camping. We had missed being able to camp while living overseas, so we went with the last choice buying a camper. Read more>>

Preeti Grover | Skin care therapist and Threader

When I first moved to Colorado in 2005 from Washington DC , I realized there were not many threaders here ! So, majority of the people didn’t know about the precision that threading has over waxing . I had a solid vision of creating my dream into a business. Which is to have my own salon. In 2006 I became a skin care therapist and got my license ! Read more>>

Laura Johnson | Wedding Planner

I started my own business to have the flexibility to spend more time with family. Whether it’s helping my parents or traveling with my husband, I love being able to make my own schedule. Every single day is different, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I have had the opportunity to meet so many inspiring people throughout this journey of entrepreneurship. I’ve been blessed with incredible couples, an amazing team, and awesome vendor partners. Read more>>

Ramon Williams | Ball Python/Reptile Breeder

It took me a while to figure out that a hobby could actually turn into a business working with what I love. As a kid I always wanted to be a herpetologist, someone who specializes in the study of reptiles and amphibians. That came about from watching years of Steve Irwin and Jeff Corwin. I was finally able to convince my parents to let me get a snake (ball python). Read more>>

Leanne Duhon | Owner & Interior Designer

Since I was young I’ve been drawn to architecture, design, interiors and have many memories of sketching homes and drawing floorplans from memory. I think I rearranged my bedroom weekly as a teenager and would often move furniture around in the living room to “surprise” my mom. Read more>>

TiaMundria Christmas | Content Creator

To be completely honest, I didn’t have a thought of starting my own business. For me, the word business always seemed to take the fun & light out of creating. Being a creator was something I have always felt a fire for, so I guess you can say it manifested itself. Read more>>

Victor Meza | Photographer & Security Officer

I’ve always been fascinated with cameras and taking pictures of other people. Growing up I got to use some friends and family’s cameras and such, and as time went on smart phones starting to get better and better cameras and it just fascinated me. I ended up taking a photography class in High School and winning a few awards as well as taking yearbook and just absolutely loving that. Read more>>

Matt Curry | Personal Chef

The why behind my business is that I spent about half of my childhood with my grandparents, and my grandmother was an *amazing* cook. She loved to feed as many people as possible, and got such joy from other people eating her food. She definitely passed this joy onto me. Read more>>

Erika LaFore | DNA Keepsake Artist & Mother of 3

I wasn’t able to breastfeed my firstborn for more than a couple of days, which was rather disheartening to me. In a way, I’ve always mourned the breastfeeding journey that I missed out on and often felt like my body had failed not only her but myself, as well. In turn, I was more determined than ever to “successfully” (whatever that means) breastfeed my second child upon his arrival. Read more>> 

Danette Calhoun | Restauranteur

I had been working as a server for my brother and law and my brother’s restaurants for over 10 years. Working from 8:00AM till 10:00PM six day a week. I started learning the cooks line. I also learned to bartend. So and idea started forming in my head. I was making very good money as a server. Read more>>