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For our fourth annual entrepreneur issue, we introduce you to six notable Valley residents who are shaking things up in the business world. These self-starters explain the how, when, and why of starting your own company and share their personal struggles and successes as entrepreneurs. Starting your own company is such a capricious roller coaster of emotions, delivering tremendous highs and extreme lows, but for these business owners who started their companies from the ground up, an unwavering belief in their offerings compels them to move forward regardless of the obstacles.
As lifelong entrepreneurs, this issue is among our favorites because we get an inside look at what motivates others to forge their own unique journey and the business philosophies that guides them as entrepreneurs. For Mike Roberts, the 36-year-old founder of SpyFu, Inc, it’s empowering the little guy and leveling the playing field for other entrepreneurs to disrupt the Goliaths in their industry. Kyle Bell, the 34-year-old behind Bell Sports Marketing, says that an extreme fear of failing drives him onward. For 43-year-old single mom Renee Moore of Spa Fly, it’s the strong desire to provide for her three children on her own terms. And 28-year-old Daniel Stringer, the man behind Total Care Connections and Launch Homecare, says that serving others is his motivation. Ali Brown, a consultant, is similarly moved by seeing her clients experience success. Meanwhile, Joe Griffin is passionate about building major league teams. We hope you find as much inspiration in their business insights as we have.
Next, we turn our focus to fashion. First, we take a stroll through a dream state, where timeless vintage fashion bends the rules and the imagination. These styles from a gilded age are among the one-of-a-kind treasures you’ll find at the Fashion by Robert Black boutique. Then, local Ahwatukee fashionista Kim Kendall goes behind the scenes of Phoenix Fashion Week, the Valley’s premier fashion event, on page 54.
As cooler weather starts to roll in, we also get you ready for Halloween with tips from party planner extraordinaire Jamila Watson, who shows you how to throw a glam party for the spookiest of nights. Meanwhile, pet advocate Roberta Gottlieb doesn’t want you to be tricked into thinking Halloween is a big treat for your pets. She offers suggestions on how to keep your pooch safe during the ghoulish festivities on page 47.
Until next time!
Adam & Matthew Toren
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