Ideas aren’t everything, execution matters greatly, but starting often requires an idea and so we asked folks to think back and tell us the story of how they came up with the idea for their businesses. We’ve highlighted some of our favorite stories below.

Tay Sisinni | Event Planner and Creative Soul

I started planning parties for my family. First was my dad’s 60th that was Bruce Springsteen themed. The next was my older brother’s 30th which was National Park themed. After multiple family members told me I should do it professional, I took the leap and created Tay Plans Parties. In March of 2020, I launched my website. I’ve done a couple weddings. It definitely wasn’t the best time to launch a company that brings people together but will be a great beginning story. Read more>>

Randi Van Horn | Entrepreneur | Graphic Designer

I kind of fell into each business of mine in a strange way. Pistol Prints started back in May 2015. My mother was diagnosed with lung cancer and I immediately took FMLA from my corporate job as a recruiter for an IT company. During my leave of absence, I realized that I wasn’t going to be satisfied until I pursued my entrepreneurial spirit. At the time, I had a cat named Pistol. He lived up to his name and I ended up naming my first business after him, Pistol Prints. Read more>>

Leslie Nagai | Owner

Coming up with my business took a lot of soul searching into who I am, what I enjoy, and what I’m truly passionate about. I knew I was sick of working in corporate America and doing that commute every day to and from the city in rush hour. I also knew I was tired of working for someone else. It’s all about working smarter, not harder these days, right? Read more>>

Cara Brzezicki | Product Developer & Children’s Book Author

My business name is Jazzie Beans LLC. I named my LLC after my dog, Jazzie Beans. She is the sweetest, dog and use to have a ton of energy (she is 15 now and much slower). Because I love creating and inventing, I knew that I needed a LLC that enveloped all of my creations. Read more>>

Jim and Lindy Bartruff | Arts educators and co-founders of Niwot “Play” Company

As retired theatre and dance professors we wanted to be an arts presence in a small community where we could offer dance and theatre classes and events that were both intergenerational and accessible. In 2021, we found the extraordinary town of Niwot nestled in the breathtaking Front Range, just seven miles from Boulder, Colorado. (We had retired from ESU in Emporia, Kansas and relocated to CO to be closer to Lindy’s Mom and sister in Boulder.). Read more>>

Icon John | Self Love Advocate

There is a mental health crisis right now. Self love is the answer. If you take a look at the mental health of the United States as a whole, we are all suffering. These last couple of years have been filled with many trials and tribulations, many people lost their jobs, some lost family members as a result of the pandemic. I seen a problem in the world and started using my gift to be the solution. Read more>>