How This Former Attorney Used Savings to Fund Her New Business

It’s that time of year when special events abound – weddings, graduations, baby showers, and bar mitzvahs. With those events comes a tedious but necessary obligation: thank you notes! Taryn Singer has created WithThanks, a business that lets busy people outsource the task of thank you notes following special events. Singer says WithThanks is a one-stop shop for thank you notes; the business handles creating the note content, handwriting it, addressing envelopes, stamping them, and mailing them out.  Why did Read More

How This Entrepreneur Used Savings and Credit Cards to Get His Dream Off the Ground

Dylan Gallagher is the founder of Orange Sky Adventures and White Wolf Private Tours, two San Francisco-based travel companies that takes tourists on customized trips across the United States. Whether their budgets are modest or they desire luxury accommodations, Gallagher prides himself on providing customers with the ultimate hospitality and the most unique experiences the country has to offer.  Why did you start your company?  I’m from South Carolina. I went to college for engineering and got a job in Read More

How A Unique Approach to Cash Flow Has Helped This Architect Construct Her Business

Leslie Saul & Associates, Inc. is an architecture and interior design firm based in Cambridge, Massachusetts that primarily services the greater Boston and Miami areas. The business focuses on renovations including offices, restaurants, retail stores, senior living facilities, private homes, universities, churches, and synagogues, among many other building types. Founder Leslie Saul says that having such a broad practice has helped her maintain a business for more than 26 years. Additionally, her attention to quality and value have brought back Read More

How This Dance Company Choreographs Cash Flow with Credit

Lindsey Dinneen is the owner of VidaDance Studio in Leawood, Kansas. With students ranging in age from 2 to 73, Dinneen’s company aims to bring the joy of dance into the lives of all members of her community. VidaDance offers ballet, jazz, tap, modern, hip-hop, and dance fitness classes. In business for three years, Dinneen shares how she’s used different funding approaches to help the business grow. Why did you start your company? When I was four years old, my Read More

How This Baker Went From an Online Business to a Opening a Storefront

Rachel Dunston is the talented entrepreneur behind Rachel Makes More Cake, a popular bakeshop in Clovis, California. Dunston began her business on Instagram, posting photos of her uniquely decorated cakes and taking orders for local pickup and delivery only. Recently, she’s made the shift from an exclusively online business to a brick-and-mortar store. Dunston spoke with Nav about how she’s navigated that change and overcome a few bumps in the road. Online: The Perfect Place to Start Dunston chose to Read More

How This Sailing Business Used an Equipment Loan and Credit Cards to Make a Dream Come True

Mandy Rosello and her husband Joe are truly living their dreams. The two enjoyed sailing and international travel, so they found a way to make a career of it. Together, they run Sailing Kuma Too, a sailing charter company operating a 47-foot catamaran out of Dunedin, Florida, just west of Tampa Bay. The business offers single- and multi-day charters, sunset cruises, and half-day excursions in the Tampa area. The Rosellos are excited to expand their business to the U.S. and Read More

How This Law Firm Bootstrapped Its Way to Success

John Pascoe is the founder of the Pascoe Law Firm, a dual-practice law firm in the Houston area that focuses on car, truck, and motorcycle accidents. Instead of keeping up with the “Joneses” of other large local law firms, Pascoe focuses on providing excellent customer service rather than outspending competitors. Starting Out Why did you start the company? I graduated from college in one of the worst time periods, during the economic collapse of 2008. I had a good job Read More

How this Entrepreneur Used Savings to Start a Cash-Flow Positive Business

Ken Wong is the founder and managing partner of sFoundation, a startup accelerator in Silicon Valley. Following a layoff, Wong decided to start a software firm, but felt excluded by existing accelerators because of his age. That experience caused him to shift paths and start a new inclusive startup accelerator focused on companies with women founders, minority founders, and founders over 40. sFoundation works with companies producing a technology-related product to help them reach the next step in their growth. Read More

How This Real Estate Company Went From a Hard Money Loan to Doubling Their Revenue

Earl White is the vice president and founder of House Heroes, a real estate investment company that operates mainly in Florida. The company buys properties that need a lot of work, fixes them up, and rents or resells them. The company struggled to gain customers until it focused efforts on online marketing. Starting Out Why did you start your business? I was a philosophy and economics major at Rutgers. There really aren’t any jobs for that, so I went to Read More

How This Entrepreneur Produced Passive Income With Her Business

Spring is in the air, and with it happy thoughts of sunshine and flowers. Amy McCord Jones, however, has flowers on her mind throughout all four seasons. The founder of Flower Moxie, an online business that sells flowers to DIY brides nationwide, is committed to helping DIY-ers create gorgeous florals for their weddings, saving money along the way. Starting Out Why did you start your business? I got a degree in forensics and science. I was very interested in being Read More