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NAICS: 722 Food Services and Drinking Places
Description: Personal Chef/ Catering service
I decided to get into the culinary industry because of my passion for cooking. I always viewed my skill for cooking as a gift and it has always came naturally to me since I was young. However, I didn't get into the industry professionally until I was about 25 years old, and started as a cook at LAX Marriott Hotel. My initial goal was always to be an executive chef, and I would always give myself a time limit for moving up. Example, I had originally planned for myself to become a sous chef by 32 years old and executive chef at 36 years old, but I ended up achieving my goal as a sous chef at 30 years old and became an executive chef at 34, two years sooner than I had planned.
Date Submitted: 2023-04-20 04:04:12

NAICS: 512 Motion Picture and Sound Recording Industries
Description: Filmmaking and Cinematography
"I always wanted to touch all of the different branches of art since a kid out of passion & love" "Virgil Abloh proved to me a held-back I had since Elementary School. You can be a nerd and cool at the same time." "The initial goal was to follow my calling"
Date Submitted: 2023-04-20 00:42:18

NAICS: 541 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Description: Landscape & Garden Design Service
I used to work in a medium-sized landscape firm focusing on services for real estate developers. I found most of the time, the design for the developers is not what the residents really need or is easy to use. As developers, they want a more dramatic landscape to catch house buyers’ eyes so as to entice buyers to place orders impulsively as soon as they are attracted by the surprise, rather than thinking what buyers will do in their neighborhood or yards. I saw developers demanding denser plantings and a wider variety of flowers in pursuit of immediate landscape effect. A year or two later, developers had to remove plants that were too dense to grow. In addition, flowers were eventually replaced by evergreen species because flowers need more nursery cost than evergreen ones. Besides, landscape design is supposed to undertake the restoration of what human being has impact on the environment. That is why I decided to start this own business and my initial goal is to start from a small business on the basis of sustainable landscape design, which I thought would last long.
Date Submitted: 2023-04-18 02:38:47

NAICS: 115 Support Activities for Agriculture and Forestry
Description: Equine Electromagnetic Pulse Therapy Services
To be completely honest, I didn’t start off with a plan to start a business. I had looked into this type of business maybe 10-12 years prior more so as a client. I had decided back then it was a bit out of my price range. Before I started my business, I had seen an advertisement not for a practitioner, but for purchase of equipment. It sparked the memory of when I had looked into sessions before and I started to read about the machines and see what options were available in the area. It ended up taking me a few months of just “window shopping” before I got serious about if I would want to get into this field. After gaining more information it became an idea that I could start a business. There is such a wide range of use in the field, and I had been more interested in the recovery aspect. It was the original reason I had looked into it years ago and it was the main drive of my research. My initial goal, and still my main focus today is to help aid in recovery.
Date Submitted: 2023-04-13 19:56:50

NAICS: 448 Clothing and Clothing Accessories Stores
Description: Building Up An Online Store
Ever since I was a kid, my goal is to do something out of my life. I wanted to take my mom out of New York and pay her back for all the hardships she has gone through. I played football and my original goal was to make the NFL. However, I decided to always have a backup plan to make sure I have a way to get money. Since I was filming for other artists, I fell in love with streetwear, and one day I was like, “Hey, why don’t I make a brand where everything is high quality with better designs?” And since then I have been working so hard to start up my company. Hopefully, either by the end of this year or the beginning of next year, the website will launch and it will be a success so that we can open up some physical stores.
Date Submitted: 2022-10-28 06:52:06

NAICS: 441 Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers
Description: mechanics and detailing
I decided to dedicate my self to my passion because I remember as a child, I would always help my grandfather work on cars and tell him how someday I would have my own mechanic shop. Those days where some of the best times of my life learning all the different tools and car parts made me want to further my knowledge. It sparked a wildfire of interest in owning my own business one day fast track to now, I have started and I feel I am doing quite well. My goal is to get more customers, buy my own shop and hire someone to help me maintain because it does get quite hectic doing my work alone but I always get the job done.
Date Submitted: 2022-10-27 10:22:18

NAICS: 722 Food Services and Drinking Places
Description: Salvadorian Restaurant
My business, a family-run restaurant, was handed down to my brothers and me by our mother. Increased growth was the primary objective I set for my restaurant as well as increased sales. I always had in my head that growth will strengthen my restaurants credibility, enabling me to expand my supplier base and boost stability and revenues. While I'm doing all I can to reduce food and labor costs, I usually like to consider offering signature packages, optimizing my menu, throwing themed events, securing a social media presence, increase speed of service, embrace the power of upselling, and trying new marketing strategies. Since I was given the restaurant, my guiding principle has been to make sure that every client is happy and that they are always in the right.
Date Submitted: 2022-10-21 06:55:29

NAICS: 441 Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers
Description: Auto Repair Shop
I believe that sometimes we don't choose our career, but rather the career that chose us. I began as a valet driver from high school at an auto convention in Ontario, California. During that convention, he met various people with multiple openings at a car dealership. One of those opening was an entry job to change motor oil. After working for a year, he changes positions in at services and parts department. During that time, I tried to learn the ins and outs of being a mechanic and focused on mastering my craft. Within that time, he saw himself opening an auto repair shop independently.
Date Submitted: 2022-10-21 06:50:22

NAICS: 311 Food Manufacturing
Description: Coffee Shop
I got in the coffee business because I knew it was my passion. I enjoyed making coffee at home at first, but then I eventually started to make coffee for my friends. I started to make new creations at home which gave me even more inspiration from my friends because we all knew I made good coffee drinks. Once I knew I was making good products, I pushed myself to actually start my own business and just force myself out there. I figured I would start small and just work myself up the ladder. The idea started from a passion, but eventually the initial goal was to build a community for my team and I. Bringing people to an area that was lacking flavorful coffee was important to myself. I wanted to be the neighborhood coffee stop that can be talked about.
Date Submitted: 2022-10-21 06:37:41

NAICS: 711 Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries
Description: Creates original/fanmade artwork
Currently, I still work my main full-time job and this business is my side hustle for a bit of extra pocket cash. I still enjoy my full-time job but if I ever get the chance to work in my business full-time, I would not be against it. As for how I got started, I used to enjoy drawing and doing art in High School, once I went into college I never really got the opportunity to get back into it. A year after I graduated, I got a job, then a few years after that I was reminded of my high school days and was even able to relocate some of my artwork. After that, I started to get back into drawing, then I borrowed an Ipad for art, then after I was content, I bought my own with a stylist. Soon after that, I would post my art online, and on websites where I can sell my designs, people kept on buying them, so I kept producing them. So to sum it all up, my initial goal was to reminisce on something I already enjoy doing. With enough practice, I decided to try to make some extra money and to see if anyone else was interested as well. And with enough persistence it became more than just a bit of pocket cash, it became a small business, and it became something that continues to grow to this day.
Date Submitted: 2022-10-21 06:29:47

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