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NAICS: 337 Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing
Description: pallet furniture
The business almost came by accident although I do not believe in accidents but divine appointments. Before retiring I knew I wanted a business I did not know what type of business but I knew I wanted something that would generate income with none of the stress of deadlines that I had experienced in the workforce I wanted to do something that required minimal work. Once retired a friend of mine asked me to meet her for coffee as we met for coffee I showed her a picture of a bench from reclaimed wood that I wanted. She said, “we can build that”, I thought she was joking the closest I had come to using any type of building tool at that point in my life was the use of a hammer sometimes to hang a picture. At a later date we purchased a pallet from Home Depot we took it apart with the help of her husband (remember I wanted minimal work). She showed me how to use a chop saw, a table saw, a sander, how to stain. I painted the American flag on the bench and then distressed it. I had so much fun! A friend asked me to build her a bench and put some art work on it and I did, then a sister in-law ordered a bench and I did some art work on it. I found out how much I loved creating, the building of the furniture is another matter over a bit of time. I got my husband to help build, he is precise with cuts and measurements, he is now the building department. I am the stain, sanding and art department. I am the advertising department and the customer services department. That same Summer we inquired into local Farmer’s Markets where we could sell and although we got a lot of likes and lots of compliments people were not buying the way I felt they should be buying, we were in the wrong markets.
Date Submitted: 2018-10-25 20:14:26

NAICS: 722 Food Services and Drinking Places
Description: Sushi Restaurant
There was never really any other type of business that we were striving for other than a restaurant or food related business idea. We started out with easier and better maintained food such as sandwiches. It took a while before we actually got the proper training and skilled in the art of sushi. After learning how to properly maintain it, we decided to get the proper permits and founded our Sushi Restaurant. We realized when we found our restaurant that many people were fascinated with sushi, but there weren’t many restaurants in the area to meet the high demand. Our initial goal was to have a profitable enough restaurant to maintain a living, and the type of restaurant changed over the period of time based on the surrounding influence and our background knowledge.
Date Submitted: 2018-10-25 18:34:29

NAICS: 722 Food Services and Drinking Places
Description: Taco food truck service
I always like to eat tacos when I was young and I grew up with it in the Mexican culture. I wanted to serve customers. It’s what we have done for people in general whether if it’s dentistry or some other profession. It’s how people live in general. We have needs, so I decided to start a food business. Let’s see, my initial goal was to make money from services, it started out simple. Overtime, it takes relationships with our customers to make our business where it stands today. Without letting people know about us, we would just cease to move forward. We are there to serve them. It didn’t matter to me how much revenue our business was making, I just wanted to do what my passion was.
Date Submitted: 2018-10-25 17:46:37

NAICS: 722 Food Services and Drinking Places
Description: Authentic Mexican Restaraunt
I decided to get in to this business because ever since I could remember it has always been a dream of mine to open up various restaurants. I had a lack of education but a desire to be successful. My family and I lived in Mexico and did not have much and being the oldest I wanted to be the one to provide for my family while giving them an opportunity in the United States. I was sixteen when I came to the states and hoped to open a successful business. I first started off with a CD & tape store but eventually had to close it thus opening a flower shop and a bakery. Eventually we sold the flower shop and tried opening a food market with our restaurant food being sold there as well. The food market eventually was closed and sold but we opened a restaurant which is now the most successful. Through all of the other business I learned to not give up and keep trying to make my business successful.
Date Submitted: 2018-10-25 15:43:39

NAICS: 541 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Description: Steel Drafting Architect
I always liked building things as a kid, growing up I liked lego’s and things like that. Building things and taking them apart, figuring out how they’re made always interested me. My father was an aerospace engineer so I think that also kind of nudged me into taking the path that I took. I also took a drafting class in high school which also caught my interest. So I decided to go to college and I got an Architecture Degree and an Engineering Degree. Then I worked for a large Steel Fabrication company, my best friends dad’s company, for about 4 years after college.Then a co-worker and I decided to open our own structural steel drafting business. My initial goal wasn't really to own my own business, but thats just how it all worked out.
Date Submitted: 2018-10-25 15:32:19

NAICS: 722 Food Services and Drinking Places
Description: shaved ice and food
I’ve came to a conclusion that this would the business i would open when my brother persuaded me to do so. My brother successfully owns a shaved ice store in Mexico. My initial goal was always to open up a business i just never knew what to choose.
Date Submitted: 2018-10-25 14:53:03

NAICS: 446 Health and Personal Care Stores
Description: Gym/Fitness Center
I decided to get into this business by first working for this business. I started working here as an employee because I wanted to help people be healthy and live a long life without health problems that would prevent them from doing things with their families or other activities later on in life that they could not do if they had health constraints. My end goal was always to be a business owner because this way I can reach and help even more people. My inspiration was my dad who died at a young age due to diabetes. Working here I realized that I was able to help many people change their lives forever, and becoming the owner was really my ultimate dream. So when the door opened for me to be able to become the owner of my business, I didn’t hesitate and jumped right in as I knew that it was the opportunity that I had always waited for.
Date Submitted: 2018-10-25 12:33:39

NAICS: 541 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Description: Income Tax Preparation Service
I was recruited and recommended by my high school bookkeeping/accounting business teach to work part-time for an franchise owner of the company in the city that I attended High School when I was 17 in the 1974 season. I attended income tax training classes after school with other employees in December of 1973 and worked from January through April of the following year. The tax forms were done by hand and calculations were aided by desk-type electric adding machines. I wondered at the time if I would someday own a franchise office. I became a franchisee in 2007 – some 33 years later.
Date Submitted: 2018-10-25 09:11:33

NAICS: 333 Machinery Manufacturing
Description: Room Design
This is a family business made from my dad. My dad needed it to put food on the table for his family, and worked his tail off everyday, sometimes he wouldn't even see his family, to make sure that they could eat. Well, all that hard work, and wear and tear on the body finally caught up to my grandpa and someone had to take the shop. So his snot nose son decided to lift the load off his pops, and take the whole company. It was hard, had to learn from the bottom, and work my way up. I wanted to establish that even though I was handed the business, I will out work anyone in here. Eventually I got my respect. Then my main goal, was to move the efficiency of how fast out products work, so that's what push me towards the technology. Once we dabbles in that, our times started increasing immediately, and with faster time, comes more money
Date Submitted: 2018-10-25 07:55:15

NAICS: 722 Food Services and Drinking Places
Description: Teriyaki food/construction
Ive always had my construction company that provided for me and my family. Ive been in the landscape construction business for years and its worked out well for me. Ive always been open to any type of business oppertunitys. Later on i met a friend through church and he owned a couple of restaurants but he was looking for a partner to put in half the money to open a [name removed] restaurant, i was a little nervouse at first but i took the deal and we were able to open the most popular [name removed] there was. My plan was to grow with my partner and expand all around the us. Problem was as soon as he saw how much the restaurant was worth he started being shady and started pushing me out. I dont like to cause problems so what i did was buy myself out of the partnership.
Date Submitted: 2018-10-25 01:00:10

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