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NAICS: 562 Waste Management and Remediation Services
Description: Recycle cans, bottles, glass and metal
I decided to get into this type of business because when my family and I first came into this country my husband would recycle in the streets and I saw how hard he was working so we wanted to find a better way to make money. We ended up setting up a pick up from restaurants that were willing to give us their recycling product that they weren’t saving but just throwing away and that way we were able to save up money and look into opening the business in search of growth and for a better future. And thank God it has been a lot of work but has been the way we’ve been able to provide for our family.
Date Submitted: 2019-03-18 19:22:55

NAICS: 811 Repair and Maintenance
Description: Computer System Integration
He worked for a company on Navy intelligence systems after coming out of the Navy. He did not enjoy where the company was going, and the work that they had. He decide that he could make better products and achieve more than what he was doing at the time. In present time, his business has survived since he had started while the company he worked for no longer exists. He also wanted to make a difference in the world and did so by working on computer systems, keeping Navy ships up to date and fully functioning from a computer standpoint.
Date Submitted: 2019-03-18 17:38:49

NAICS: 452 General Merchandise Stores
Description: Clothing Boutique
Retail business has always been in the family. Laura's Boutique started as a family new and used clothing store in Whittier, Ca. Laura always had a love for clothing and fashion, so she started selling a couple of outfits from her mother’s thrift store. As time passed, they noticed that Laura's business started to take over, so the decision was made to move her stuff out and let her take over. They rented a larger space in the same shopping center that was three times bigger, and ever since, the business has blossomed. Their goal is to give their customers, from wherever they're at, the opportunity to shop all their great trends! With hard work and dedication, Laura and her family have made it their goal to expand Laura's Boutique nationwide. Laura's boutique has 4 store location's, one warehouse and an online website.
Date Submitted: 2019-03-18 17:02:03

NAICS: 315 Apparel Manufacturing
Description: Online Headwear Store for Children
My initial intention was to have a hobby, and I never thought for a second that my company would take off like it has now. I have always enjoyed sewing and designing headbands for my daughter, and at the beginning I just wanted an outlet to sell these and continue doing what I really enjoyed doing. From when I was young, I always wanted to own my own store, but I always imagined that being a brick and mortar shop, not an online service. I used to draw and design how it would look and where everything would be. And this is still something I am very interested in doing further down the road, but for now I am very happy with where my online venture is going and how well it is doing.
Date Submitted: 2019-03-18 16:49:22

NAICS: 336 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
Description: Fixed software, fixed Fisker Karma
I got into this business by going to the car meets of the rare and dying car, the Fisker Karma. The company was going bankrupt and there were very few dealerships that could fix cars, so we were a tightly knit community that not only enjoyed the cars together, but shared our hardships with the failing systems and how badly the car was built. After hearing so many complaints and noticing the things about my car that I wish could’ve changed as well, I decided to partner up with a wealthy Fisker Karma owner that I had met at the car meets and from there we developed and sold software that fixed up these cars. My initial goals were to both help the Fisker Karma enthusiasts enjoy their cars, as well as to make a product that I could sit back and relax to while collecting passive income after finalizing it.
Date Submitted: 2019-03-18 16:41:41

NAICS: 512 Motion Picture and Sound Recording Industries
Description: Music Producer/DJ
Originally I was going to college just to get a degree but I found out quickly that it was not was I was interested in doing. Through all my younger years I taught myself how to make music and did it as a fun hobby. Once I got older I soon realized I can make a lot of money off of this once I realized I was very talented. My initial goal was to become a great DJ that many love. I began putting my music for free on Soundcloud and once I saw the streaming numbers growing and DJs playing my own songs at events I knew this was the best choice for me. Also I wanted to just be able to tour enough that I can make a living off of doing what I love.
Date Submitted: 2019-03-18 16:16:17

NAICS: 722 Food Services and Drinking Places
Description: Snack Shop
Honestly this was not the business I wanted to get into – I was looking more into targeting people that were diabetic. Diabetic people have a hard time to pick a snack or food due to all the restrictions. That lead to the opportunity that I saw a spot opened that the people that previously owned it sold ice cream, so the concept was there, but I deiced to sell snacks for all. I took this as a leap of faith as others told me that I should take the chance. I now work a snack bar – and my goal of what I sell, is still to be all natural and still healthy – I still do provide veggies and fruits to keep my customers healthy.
Date Submitted: 2019-03-18 16:13:25

NAICS: 311 Food Manufacturing
Description: Adult Nutrition
- It didn’t happen overnight. Took many years of listening to podcasts (i.e. How I Built This), getting inspired, guest bloggin, making prototypes etc. I even started an online tea company in University (ecommerce business that did quite well) before making a corporation and risking it all. It takes a lot of courage though to leave your fulltime job, move to a new country and persu something fulltime (I am originally from Canada). - Eventually I decided to apply to an accelerator in San Francisco for ‘scientists who want to be entrepreneur’. I ended up getting into the world’s most prestigious life science accelerator called Indiebio.
Date Submitted: 2019-03-18 15:17:08

NAICS: 611 Educational Services
Description: Educational Scholarship Foundation
I started teaching many years ago. I taught at Washington High School in South Los Angeles for 9 years. I found that students and adults were underestimating students.They were not pushing their students or offering challenging courses. Students need to be challenged and being guided to conquer difficult ideas. For that reason, I started the Academic Decathlon team. Out of the students on the team, over 800 are now college graduates, and even one was featured on the New York Times. The point was not to sell the students short and for all to believe in their potential, even the principal. When I taught at Marshall High School in Downtown Los Angeles for 15 years, I noticed how parents and staff were more involved in the students’ higher achievement. I decided to go back to school, so I got my doctorate in history at USC and enjoyed the personal challenge, which put me outside of my comfort zone. I taught at college and high school simultaneously, including at Pepperdine, which was different from high school. The last few years, I noticed how students struggled with their college application process; many times, parents would either write their child’s essay or would pay a professional to write them on their behalf. This came off as not authentic. Two years ago, I went to New York for a visit and contacted four former students, who were successful. During our dinner, we had a conversation about providing more services to people through works of generosity. I was drawn to start my foundation, and we helped 25 students last year. We are working to make the program grow to help more students.
Date Submitted: 2019-03-18 15:07:41

NAICS: 811 Repair and Maintenance
Description: phone repair and crepes
The business I’ve been running for 3 years now was also my first job at 16 and by 18 I took over. So that’s that, not too exhilarating. It’s not like it just came to me one day, or it’s something I wanted to do in my future. I was literally sitting inside Starbucks one day and I started talking to someone I recognized was a regular there and he offered me a job, the rest is history. My second business that I just started last Nov, I had seen the idea at another mall in Vegas and I came back and was like hey I can make it better and now it makes more money than my first! I’m not a genius here, I just do things different. That’s key. 

Date Submitted: 2019-03-18 14:29:44

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