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.

Monika Thornton | Founder & Tech Professional

The idea for Powerful Beginnings was a vision that came from wanting women to see that there is life after trauma and after leaving an abusive relationship. I shared my story of abuse on social media in 2014 and received an outpouring of support and stories of other women going through similar relationships while feeling alone. As a survivor of Domestic Violence, you lose so much of yourself in the process of trying to leave the relationship so having proper resources that help victims navigate the next steps in their life will provide a renewed focus on self-love and personal goals. Read more>>

Kaila Cunningham Bhola | Entrepreneur & Airman

My brand was built from necessity. As a young woman dealing with Alopecia Areata, I wanted to create something that would help others like myself. I understood first hand how hair loss can play with your confidence and I wanted others to feel confident, no matter the circumstances. KaiSlayzBeauty is all about slaying insecurities and unleashing inner beauty. Read more>>

Anthony J | Entrepreneur

My entire life there has always been versatility in the ways that I express myself, wether if it was through my haircut designs or through my bowties and ties. When I started to take interest in hair and had gotten my first frontal unit installed the love and support I received was overwhelming, I would have never thought I’d receive that type of love from complete strangers and from that point I knew that I needed to capitalize off of it. I initially had no idea what route I wanted to take within the hair industry, I had bounced between starting a YouTube channel, becoming a brand ambassador or I could start my own hair line. Read more>>

Lilian Leone | Yoga and Movement Teacher & Karma Frog Activewear Founder

Lilian Leone – Yoga & Movement Teacher | Karma Frog Activewear Founder. In 2006 I took my first yoga class in a Bikram Yoga class studio in Alpharetta, GA. The heat was intense and I thought I was going to faint. I didn’t and the next day I felt great, so I went back the next day, and the next and the next for about 3 years. Read more>>