It takes a lot more than an idea to build a business, but there can’t be a business without the idea. So we asked folks who’ve built wonderful businesses to tell us about how they came up with the idea in the first place.

Yahnee’ Gober | The Glam Me Outt MUA Queen & Boss

I always had a issue with bad acne growing up, dark circles around my eyes, dark black spots on my skin, and my skin tone just being uneven all around my face! So about 7 years ago I met this beautiful African queen at a restaurant where I was serving and she also was a server as well. I just remember her being so beautiful, her skin color was perfect and beautiful, and her makeup was so pretty. I never been into that makeup world maybe more so cause I didn’t know how to do it. Read more>>

Anthony / Destiney Ivery / Gary | Anthony: Web + App Developer, SEO Engineer. Destiney: Web + Graphics Designer, Digital Marketing Specialist.

We came up with the idea to start a digital marketing agency when the tech. field became a passion for us as a couple. While Anthony was in the process of earning a computer science degree and Destiney was freelancing as a web and graphics designer, the power of leveraging technology to create generational wealth became a constant topic in our home. We knew that as we worked toward marriage, we wanted to start a legacy that would impact our families for generations to come. We are from a small city (Dayton, Ohio) where technological resources and tech. focused education is limited, which often stifles the great ideas that are born in our hometown. Read more>>

Shoni King | Owner & Operator

The idea for Life by Shoni came about for several reasons. I am a licensed cosmetologist and always wanted to have my own hair product line. Aside from being a licensed hair stylist I am also a certified medical assistant and spent over 12 years working in dermatology. My family, friends and clients would constantly come to me for advice and solutions to their hair and skin issues, so I began making recipes in my kitchen to help them. They all loved the results they were getting and kept coming back for more. At that point I realized I has something special and decided to share it with the world. Read more>>