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

How this Psychotherapist Grew Her Own Business While Working Full-Time

Angela Ficken is an entrepreneur and psychotherapist. She owns the brand and runs a private practice in Boston, Mass. Ficken specializes in providing individual therapy for people who have a range of stressors, including anxiety, eating disorders, and obsessive-compulsive disorders. She also writes articles on managing these challenges for The Huffington Post, Thrive Global, and Today Parenting. Starting Out Why did you start your business? I started as a social worker at a McLean psychiatric hospital. After that, I Read More

This Entrepreneur Financed Her Business With a Side Hustle

Charlie Heck is the founder of Checkmark Creative, a marketing boutique that works with small businesses to tell their stories through social media, website design, and infographics. “We take really complex material and make pretty little Facebook and Instagram posts out of it,” explained Heck. After a job loss, Heck found a non-traditional way to save money to start her business and fund a cross-country move. Starting Out Why did you start your business? I was raised in a small Read More

This Hemp Oil Company Found Success Partnering with Retailers

Todd Morrow is devoted to bringing more “green” into the lives of Americans. But, not the type of green you’ll see on St. Patrick’s Day! Morrow is the CEO of HempMeds, the first pipeline to make products containing CBD hemp oil legally available across the United States. The company sells CBD-based products like raw oils and skincare solutions direct to consumers and through retailers and wholesalers. Morrow says the business has grown through word of mouth, even within his family. Read More

How This Entrepreneur Used Credit Cards to Grow Her Business

Lorena Tomasini, together with her mother, owns MALM Life and Health Insurance Agency, a business based in Miami. Tomasini works with families and small business owners, helping them navigate life and health insurance. She said, “We’re brokers that represent different insurance companies. Depending on what the clients are looking for, we find the best fit for them.” Starting Out Why did you start the business? I have a bachelor’s degree in business administration. I majored in finance. At the time, Read More