We asked some of the city’s rising stars to reflect on what made a difference in their journey. We asked them to tell us about what they think the most important factor has been behind their success.

Keyonna Stokes | Hair Extensions

Being consistent played a major part into my success. There’s not a day that goes by where I do not post about my business on one of the many social media pages. I decided to get a few Brand Ambassadors to help me push my brand and reach more social media accounts and surprisingly it did work. Read more>>

Michelle Seitzer | Freelance Writer, Caregiving Subject Matter Expert (SME) & Founder, Caregiving Advice

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I would like to first start by stating that I am the son of an entrepreneur. My father has been a barber for about 60 years, operating on the same street the entire time in Biloxi, MS. So I grew up seeing what hardworking and determination looks like. Hard work and determination are 2 of the most important characteristics one should possess to be successful in whatever career path they take. In addition to being a person that works hard and is determined, I also know that staying focused, being prepared and disciplined, along with maintaining a positive attitude, has definitely helped me to succeed as the Owner and Managing Broker of D. Burton Properties LLC. Read more>>