We asked some of the city’s rising stars about why they think they have been so successful and we’ve shared their responses below.

Tine Ernholdt: Artist & Songwriter

I have two things that are especially important to me. I am a singer and songwriter and for me it’s really important that I stay true to writing the music that I like and that I want to write. I want to keep my integrity as a songwriter. It’s so easy and tempting sometimes to just try to write whatever I think other people want to listen to, even if that is not what I like. Read more>>

Andy Choi: Serial Entrepreneur

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Patty Perreira: Co-founder and designer, Barton Perreira

Barton Perreira has a relentless dedication to our craft and passion to create product without compromise. With over 30 years of experience and a background in design and production, I have fine-tuned our process. We pride ourselves in focusing on quality and not cutting production to turn better profits. My design process is quite instinctual. I prefer not to follow trends. When you go against the grain, it usually stands the test of time. Read more>>

Jillian Oliver: Painter & Graphic Designer

A lot of things contribute to the success of Gert & Co, but the most important factor has been my drive to learn and teach myself new skills. You can learn anything you want to online and most of it is totally free, you just have to want to dig-in and learn. I don’t have a degree or any formal training in graphic design, but I use Photoshop every day to create my artwork. I’ve taught myself how to use graphic design software, new painting techniques, how to do bookkeeping, etc. If you want to learn something, you can. You just have to do it. Read more>>

Dominique Dawkins: Dancer and Dance studio owner

Refusing to be anything less then your true self fitst and foremost. Being brave enough to be fearless of the unknown. Taking chances to avoid the what if’s. Mainfesting pain, rejection, and fear into passion, workethic and authenticity. Not being afraid to where your heart on your sleeve but willing to bring holy water or hellfire to fight for whats right. Always “DARE TO BE DIFFERENT” Read more>>

Katharine Nicole Magsaysay: Business Development Strategist & Project Manager

The most important factor behind my success and the success of my brand is that I allowed myself to do these three things: Risk Ask for Help and accepted failure and saw it as a learning opportunity instead. Read more>>

Katrina Ralston: Business owner, mother, wife, sailor and good friend

People. We live in a global economy and the internet has leveled the playing field from a buying perspective. Folks can review and buy from a wide variety of places online and in person. So what keeps a company relevant these days? It’s the people. How we treat each other matters. How we function and support one another is more important now than ever. Customer service is no longer a buzz word it is a game changer. If you are not supporting the people inside and outside of your company, people won’t come back. It’s not just about the consumer, it is about your entire human experience. Read more>>