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NAICS: 611 Educational Services
Description: Drug and Family Services
In some way or another I’ve always been drawn to this industry, first it was a vocational training program for many years. From there I worked with a nonprofit company called PHF Public Health Foundation, as an independent contractor. They worked with at risk youth incarcerated in the Juvenile System. I did classes for the youth and got involved that way. At one point the company I was contracting with was approached to put on Camp to Community Transition fair and they passed on it, saying it was too much work. At that time, I already had Motivational Systems, my small company. They asked if we could do it and how much it would cost, so I through a number out there, $250,000 and they came back and said can you do it for $125,000 and I said yes. It was a great opportunity, we scrambled to get everything together, but we had all the connections, and from then on Motivational Systems was on the lips of every probation officer in LA County. From there I met so many people in the “Family Service” industry and one person, who hired me to consult with her on a contract, later became a dear friend of my family and she convinced me to partner with her to do the PC 1000 program. Our goal was to save as many people as possible from drug addiction, as my partner had struggled with it in her early years.
Date Submitted: 2018-10-17 17:02:00

NAICS: 441 Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers
Description: We are a full automotive paint reconditioning service and online
to generate a type of income a regular job would not be able to provide and also the freedom of it.
Date Submitted: 2018-10-17 16:48:18

NAICS: 443 Electronics and Appliance Stores
Description: He does computer repair
The reason I got into this business was because one day my laptop stopped working and I took it to a repair shop. After I got it back I did notice that the laptop was not working properly. So, I decided to start taking classes on computer repair and eventually got my CompTIA A++ certification.
Date Submitted: 2018-10-17 16:22:22

NAICS: 541 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Description: selling to clients through social media
I did not decide until later on, I was alright with a camera in a way, but was never that passionate. Back in 2016, my friends told me about Instagram and told me on my personal account that I had a good layout, including filters. I took that feedback from a handful of people my age roughly and decided to actually take photos that people requested for fun. I did not know, from the start, that I would end up doing it as a sort of part time job, not even that, more of like a hobby/business. I don't consider myself to be an entrepreneur though.
Date Submitted: 2018-10-17 16:13:38

NAICS: 448 Clothing and Clothing Accessories Stores
Description: Custom wedding gowns and alteration
My mom knew how to sew, how to draw, color and decorate. She taught me how to sew small things and how to draw dresses from my imagination. At this point I knew I wanted to be in fashion. I had a great taste in fashion and I always knew how to put colors together. I got my bachelor’s degree in fashion, but I didn’t know that one day I would open my own business. I made my own wedding gown and the bridesmaids’ dresses for my own wedding day. Since that day I knew I wanted to open my own business. My initial goal was just to work for a designer. But, I didn’t stop there, and I achieved my own business and became a designer as well.
Date Submitted: 2018-10-17 16:09:11

NAICS: 339 Miscellaneous Manufacturing
Description: Internet-of-Things Platform Technology provider
We had a disruptive idea and technology capability to create a low cost, low power, plug and play IoT device and platform that had applications across various markets. When integrated into their business landscape or applied to their product range, these IoT technology-based solutions can help create a connected ecosystem powered with seamless automation thereby resulting in improved business efficiencies, connectivity and returns on investments. The initial goal was to create a product for consumers to use for on demand grocery shopping at their fingertips – like a remote control for shopping. However, over time, we expanded our goals to encompass a broader range, as we realized the base technology was capable of much more.
Date Submitted: 2018-10-17 15:59:13

NAICS: 441 Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers
Description: Car Dealership
Being a salesman for another dealership made me realize that I needed to open up my own car dealership, because I had the innate ability to sale cars. Bringing incredible amounts of revenue and I knew I was up for the challenge of making my own. I consulted my friends to help me out on how I could open my own dealership with the lowest cost. I did not have enough money to open a massive dealership. I have a friend who has an insurance company and is constantly working with car dealers. Joel is his name. He has been lots of help in getting up and running. We refer each other for the cars, insurances and dmv registrations. Building connections is also a big when trying to make a business bring in more clients.
Date Submitted: 2018-10-17 15:50:42

NAICS: 238 Specialty Trade Contractors
Description: Commercial electrical and communications provider
My husband starting a small business when he was 15 years old painting numbers on the curbs for residential homes. He would go door to door asking if they would like new paint on the curb in front of their home. He would charge 5 dollars for each home. As he grew older he was fascinated by electricity and knew everyone needed it. So, in 1975 we started this business supplying customers with their electrical needs. After 10 years we started the data side because they go hand and hand. The goal was to build a business for our family and give back to the community like our church.
Date Submitted: 2018-10-17 15:45:20

NAICS: 713 Amusement, Gambling, and Recreation Industries
Description: CrossFit Gym
I decided to get into this type of business because I have always been a huge fan of watching the CrossFit games on television. Witnessing all the athletes’ workout almost every type of workout was very interesting to me. I love CrossFit because anyone can do it, there is no certain type of athleticism to be met. I decided to join a CrossFit gym in Carson and instantly loved it. I became really good friends with the owner and he became a really good mentor. My initial goal when opening my gym was to create a franchise. Through my experience with my gym I have altered my goal, to where I would stick with one gym and just expand it even more. If change of location is needed so that we can accustom to the size of our incoming clients I am open to it since our gym is only about 1,000 square ft.
Date Submitted: 2018-10-17 15:03:36

NAICS: 454 Nonstore Retailers
Description: Online eCommerce Store
I saw a friend doing this type of business and I wanted to try it out. I learned a lot just by hanging out with. We ended up becoming business partners. My initial goal when I started this company was to make enough money, so that I am able to pay bills and help others.
Date Submitted: 2018-10-17 14:31:07

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