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NAICS: 423 Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods
Description: selling children playhouses
Well i mainly got into this business because of my partner’s interest in it. My partner pitched me the idea of them finding the customers and dealing with their orders and and what they want, while I would build and deliver the products to them. I accepted the offer, I thought it would be an easy way to earn some extra money. So far it we have been fairly successful. I may have not accepted the offer but, my partner is also my long time girlfriend, and I did not want to upset her by declining the offer. Our goal was to just earn more money for us to have together to use on the side. To this point the business has been been running smoothly and has gone above and beyond our goal for it.
Date Submitted: 2018-10-25 23:23:51

NAICS: 541 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Description: Portrait Photographer
I have always loved photography ever since I can remember, I remember picking up my first camera and imagining a future as a gazed at it. I knew the minute I picked up that camera I wanted to be a photographer. At the time they had just introduced that digital camera and it was a challenging thing because it meant I had to learn everything I knew about the use of a camera. I was a bit anxious but I knew that where the future of photography was, once I was able to learn from the inside out the new world of the digital photography I was able to combine what I knew then to what I know now and everything is the same just how you develop the film itself from a film roll to an instant digital card dealing with megapixels. I got into this kind of business because I am in love with this art and it has been my craft, I turned my passion into a business and my initial goal was more of a challenge to myself. My goal was to be able to live from my passion, I started with babies' steps seeing how far and stable of a business this can be? When I finally realized that this profession has a big respected market for various things I knew I needed to sharpen my skills in everything from taking the photograph to the composition from there it went to lighting and in lighting there is no exact formula so many ways to throw light at your subject some very challenging like photographing glass or any shiny materials to very easy self-portraits. Once I got passed all of this next was being able to figure out in what branch of photography do I belong? What am I good in photographing and I landed my business in commercial portrait photography.
Date Submitted: 2018-10-25 22:15:34

NAICS: 311 Food Manufacturing
Description: Kettle Corn maker
This information is available on my website for all my fans to see but I will give you a basic summary of my life changing adventure. In March of 2016 I was laid off work and knew it would be very hard to get back on my feet after taking such a sudden but impactful turn in life. However the following event would forever change my life, I was browsing social media one night when I came across a fellow family member eating some kettle corn and recently moving into another country gave me a certain interest to see where and if this was being produced over here. To my surprise there wasn’t anybody who had decided to make and produce kettle corn. I saw this as an opportunity and invested all my time, money and effort and in the end, on July 2016 my business was born. My goal was never to make profit but rather provide all that my family needed and bring a product that people who have never tried such as thing could enjoy!
Date Submitted: 2018-10-25 22:11:05

NAICS: 451 Sporting Goods, Hobby, Book, and Music Stores
Description: Table Top Game Store
I was very stupid, like to the extreme. I bought the business from my friend when it was going under and was about to close. I got emotionally attached and didn't want the place to close. I though I could turn it around with some hard work and a partner, my friend at the time. First goal was to keep it from closing and then to get it up and running as a profitable store. Things did not go well at all but, a few years some debt and getting rid of the partner/friend, I managed to not let it close and to have it start to lessen the debt and make a little bit of money. In hindsight I really never should have bought it, it still hasn't made back the money I put into it.
Date Submitted: 2018-10-25 22:03:26

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

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