January 25, 2016

Coaching By Claudia: An Essential Resource for Growth-Driven Designers & Creatives

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Coaching By Claudia: An Essential Resource for Growth-Driven Designers & CreativesClaudia Mayer is a leading business coach and the founder of Coaching by Claudia, a business and career coaching website for Designers and Creatives.

With over eight years of experience in the international creative industry in five European and Asian countries, Claudia is well attuned with the corporate and entrepreneurial worlds and how to help those looking to grow professionally.

Recognizing that not all designers and creative professionals have a commercial sense for growing their entrepreneurial courage, Coaching by Claudia was born.

What motivated you to start your own company?

I started Coaching by Claudia in July 2015 to launch my mission: bringing more fun and focus into the business side of Designers and Creatives. They’re talented, work passionately and create unique value for their clients, but not all of them have a commercial sense.

What’s so special about your business?

I help Designers and Creatives succeed in business and their careers by growing their entrepreneurial courage. My unique approach blends coaching for personal development and consulting for business development. I work virtually with clients around the world.
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July 15, 2015

MiNudes: Providing More Shapewear Options for Women of Color

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MiNudes: Providing More Shapewear Options for Women of ColorFor many women of color, finding suitable skin-tone shapewear has not been an option. Frustrated by the lack of skin-tone choices for all women of color, Founder Denyse Ray decided it was time for women of color to celebrate their shapewear with their own colors.

Inspired by her own need and, the need of every woman of color that she knew, Denyse took a leap of faith and created MiNudes.

What motivated you to start your own company?

I wanted to give women another option in shapewear and also focus on true nude colors designed specifically for women of color.

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June 19, 2015

BootstrapFashion: Leading the Crowd-Sourced Fashion Design Movement in Style

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BootstrapFashionYuliya Raquel is not only an award-winning celebrity fashion designer of plus-size fashions, but also the CEO of BootstrapFashion, a web-based fashion design platform that’s taken the fashion industry by storm.

Yuliya and her co-founder, Don Straub, recognized the need for more affordable, easy-to-use tools to help designers simplify the design process while growing their businesses. Voila—BootstrapFashion was born.

Their system levels the playing field to empower all fashionistas by delivering apparel and accessory design tools to new and seasoned designers, dressmakers and sewing enthusiasts.

What motivated you to start your own company?

I am committed to allow anyone, anywhere to design, make or purchase custom apparel and to transform an entire fashion industry.

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May 16, 2014

Sunrise Nutraceuticals: Enabling People to Do More, Feel Better, and Live Enriched Lives

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Sunrise NutraceuticalsEthan Graham is the Founder of Sunrise Nutraceuticals, a company that strives to enable people to do more, feel better, and live enriched lives.

Their scientifically formulated detox supplement provides customers with the strength and comfort to successfully overcome opiate withdrawal by alleviating the mental and physical discomfort throughout the process.

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October 3, 2013

The Orphan Care Network: An Essential Resource For Adoption and Foster Care

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Randy Doleman is the Executive Director of The Orphan Care Network, which began as a group of families with a strong passion for orphan care. They began supporting one another in their attempts at becoming foster and adoptive parents. This “group” quickly turned into a “community” and became an essential piece in resourcing, encouraging, and educating one another on orphan care.

What motivated you to start your own company?

My wife and I became foster parents about 2 and a half years ago. We went through the certification process and realized how essential it is to have other people by your side in the process. I started The Orphan Care Network to educate, resource, and encourage families who are, or who want to, pursue foster care or adoption.

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September 2, 2013

Biao Skincare: A Business Born In Bagram, Afghanistan

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Biao SkincareNicole Baldwin is the Founder of Biao Skincare. Nicole is a United States Army veteran and studying Aesthetician who is delighted to pass down her grandmother’s cherished tradition of naturally-derived skin care formulations. A burn victim and survivor who has used her own line to virtually eliminate physical scars from her face and body, Nicole understands the emotional challenges women face every day. She formulated her safe and effective beauty and skincare line to meet her own stringent standards and to address the unique complexion needs of women of all ages and races.

What motivated you to start your own company?
I am a United States Army that got the idea to start my own beauty business after being burned with hot scalding water as a child. Witnessing the transformation of my skin from a herbal remedy created by my grandmother really inspired me to start a skin care line.

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March 20, 2013

American Eagle Financial Services: Providing Non-Traditional Payment Methods For Critical Purchases

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American Eagle Financial Services

Lloyd Lofton is the COO of American Eagle Financial Services, LLC. Lloyd’s company specializes in insurance and financial products that provide quality protection with value pricing. They have a unique payment model that allows consumers to finance critical purchases without taking on traditional credit card debt.

What motivated you to start your own company?

We have been in the insurance industry for years, and as the market has changed we needed non-insurance related products. We found many consumers and small business owners had been affected by the economy and thus their credit had been negatively affected.

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January 30, 2013

Apps For 50: Ensuring Customers Can Engage With Businesses Anytime, Anywhere

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Whether you have a website or a business, you want to make sure your audience and customers can engage with your brand or organization anytime, anywhere. AppsFor50.com offers an affordable, simple, and powerful way for you to connect with your audience and customers wherever they go. Below you’ll find some interview questions answered by the founder of the company, Cornelius Brown Sr.

Apps For 50

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November 16, 2011

Jerry Evans Music Studio: Lessons That Bring Out The Musical Talent

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Jerry Evans has a love for teaching music. With over 9 years of experience, he’s dedicated to making sure that all of his students are constantly improving and getting the most out of their talents. Jerry’s music studio caught our attention because it was so evidently clear that his passion for music and teaching guides the way he runs his business – kudos!

Owner of Jerry Evans Music Studio

What motivated you to start your own company?

I believe that everyone should have the opportunity to get the most from their talents, and I really enjoy seeing children and adults play music to the best of their abilities. Being self-employed and running my own studio gives me the freedom to “tweak” my teaching and structure any time I can find another opportunity to improve upon my students’ education.

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October 10, 2011

Jet Hockey Arena: A New Synthetic Ice Arena in the Fox Valley Area of Chicago

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Jet Hockey Arena, started by Chris Louis, is a state-of-the art synthetic ice arena. It offers a full range of both hockey and skating classes. This new business caught our attention because of their ability to use synthetic ice over traditional ice, which allows their customers to skate during the summer months in shorts – what a cool concept!

Jet Hockey Training Arena in St. Charles, IL

What motivated you to start your own company?I like being my own boss, and I wanted to fill a need for affordable hockey training in the local Fox Valley area.

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September 26, 2011

Retail Realty: A Savvy, Texas-Based Commercial Realty Group

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Retail Realty is a young, savvy commercial realty group founded by Dan Avnery in Dallas, Texas. This group caught our attention because they fully recognize the powerful impact of using the internet and social media to promote business. Dan and company will leverage Bravo Video in order to harness the enthusiasm of their existing clients, and boost their online credibility when new prospects visit their website. This will give them a distinct edge over their competition when it comes to tenant and landlord representation, investment sales and property management.

Retail Realty Principal Dan Avnery

What motivated you to start your own company?I’ve always had a creative and entrepreneurial mindset. I’ve also had a passion for real estate for as long as I can remember. Growing up, I had the opportunity of helping my father manage and develop several commercial properties around the Dallas area. I guess you could say I inherited the entrepreneurial and real estate gene from him.

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August 13, 2011

Key Lime Cards: Elegant, Hand-Crafted Greeting Cards For Those Very Special Occasions

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Key Lime Cards is owned by Karen Avnery, in St. Charles, IL. She turned her passion for creating elegant, hand-made greeting cards into a business – and would like to use Bravo to further promote her products. Although her cards most certainly speak for themselves, Karen is turning up the volume with customer testimonials. By posting these testimonials on her website, her blog and on her Facebook page, fans will appreciate her products even more.

Key Lime Cards Owner Karen Avnery

What motivated you to start your own company?I guess you could say it all started because of my passion for scrapbooking. I’ve enjoyed scrapbooking and crafts for as long as I can remember. I started making these cards a few years ago and giving them to friends and family members for their birthdays and around the holidays. After hearing “you should sell these” for so long I finally gave in and made it official. Now, my hobby is also my business!

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