Our community is comprised of some absolutely brilliant entrepreneurs and so we asked a few of them to tell us the story of how they came up with the ideas for their business.

Neil Newcomb | Free-Lance Musician & Wind Instrument Repair Technician

Atlanta ProWinds derived from my professional career as a free-lance woodwind player, and the need for my equipment to respond in an effortless, natural way. The last concern any instrumentalist should have on a job is for their equipment to be difficult to produce their “voice”. Mechanical difficulties can lead to performance anxiety and over- compensation with the physical mechanics of being a wind player. As luck would have it, my colleagues in the performance field had the demand for the same form of attention for themselves and their students. Read more>>

Cailan Sandusky | Filmmaker (Director and Screenwriter/Writer)

The idea behind my business which is a start-up production company, GoodfruitsProductions came to me when I was in college. Growing up I was always interested in film/media, and I wanted to produce content that aligned with my spiritual beliefs and promote positivity. Goodfruits mission is to show media content that produces the seven fruits of the spirit which is Love, Joy, Peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. I hope that the content I produce will plant good seeds into the minds of those who watch it. I want the content to be relatable and transparent that will hopefully inspire others to grow. I have always been impacted by content that made me want to be a better person such as shows like “A Different World”, and one of my favorite movies, “War Room”. Read more>>

Kathleen Brown | Video Editor

I’ve always tended to lean toward the creative side. Growing up, and even into adulthood, I wanted to be a writer. For many reasons, I never really pursued the idea fully. But I still loved telling stories. When my children were in school, I was room mother for many years. At the end of the year, my phone was always full of pictures and videos of students and activities from throughout the year. It seemed a shame to delete them, but I didn’t want to keep them forever, either. One year I created a year-end video for all the students in my son’s class. The parents and kids loved it! I made one every year until my youngest started middle school and there wasn’t a need any more. For the first time in a few years, I didn’t create a video. I realized how much I enjoyed making them. I missed creating the videos! My original thought was to try to market the idea of end-of-year videos to room mothers or teachers. Read more>>

Aisha Martin | Scientist & CEO

The idea for Fems4STEM™ was birthed in 2015, as a result of my experiences being a female scientist in a male-dominated industry, coupled with my frustration at the lack of female role models and mentors in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). As early as 8 years old, I wanted to pursue a STEM career. If you would ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up, my answer was always a pediatrician and an actress. I did not know how I was going to do both, but I knew that was what I wanted to do, and no one could tell me otherwise. I have always been an analytical creative who loved science. While I did not make it to Hollywood, I did earn a bachelor’s degree in biology. My STEM journey then took me down a different path and I decided to attend grad school instead of medical school, where I earned a master’s degree in forensic science. Read more>>

Sankan Nyanseor | Founder

The idea of me starting The Shoe Slay was simply born from my personal experience growing up as a tall woman with a larger than average shoe size. I was tired of going through the difficulty of finding stylish women’s shoes in my size and constantly enduring the disappointment that came with it. It was a problem that I wanted to solve for myself and other women like me. Read more>>