It takes a lot more than an idea to build a business, but there can’t be a business without the idea. So we asked folks who’ve built wonderful businesses to tell us about how they came up with the idea in the first place.

Abha Sharma | Health and Wellness Coach | Health Has No Finishline LLC

Growing up I struggled with being overweight, as a result of poor eating habits and a sedentary lifestyle. This weak foundation for health carried over into my young adult years; pressure to lose weight and fit a certain body ideal led me to seek out restrictive eating patterns mixed with binge eating. Towards the end of graduate school, I realized that I was not being kind to my own body with the lifestyle that I was leading. Around the same time, I got a real wake up call, when family members were diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes and Premature Heart Disease – conditions for which being overweight and inactive are risk factors. At that point, I knew I had to make a change. I embarked upon a journey of discovering how to eat healthy, and made it my mission to find ways to be active. Read more>>

KENT HSU | Merchandise Manufacturer

I grew up with manga. My childhood dream was to go to Japan to meet all the publishers, producers, studios, and manga and anime related companies. I dreamt of having my name in the manga and anime industry. After I graduated from USC, my father told me to stay in US. During that time, manga and anime were not as mainstream as today. I wanted to introduce my love for manga and anime in the United States. I originally wanted to become a publisher that released English-translated manga in US. But a manga licensor in Japan told me instead of publishing manga they can let me create merchandise. That was the start of Great Eastern Entertainment. Read more>>

Mercedes Samudio | Licensed Psychotherapist and Founder of Diversity in Parenting, Inc.

As an African-American women in a predominantly white field like mental health, I was becoming increasingly disheartened by the lack of representation in the trainings and knowledge base. More specifically, in my niche of supporting parents and families there is even less representation in these areas. But the final straw was seeing a slew of online summits and in-person conferences where there was a huge lack of diversity and inclusion. Thus, Diversity in Parenting, Inc. was birthed into the world. The mission of this nonprofit is to bring more diversity to the mental health and parenting professional world. One of the ways that we do that is with our conference, where we not only showcase diverse speakers but also bring diverse topics to help professionals learn how to support different types of families. Read more>>