Taking Ownership for Success – Why I became an Entrepreneur?

Business Speaks - Why I became an Entrepreneur

Our Business Speaks series of Articles, bring to you, insights shared by different women Entrepreneurs. Read our previous article on Tips for Business Success.

“Being an entrepreneur isn’t really about starting a business. It’s a way of looking at the world – seeing opportunity where others see obstacles, taking risks when others take refuge.”

                                                        ~ Michael Bloomberg

There are numerous motivations for Entrepreneurship – the pride of building something, a chance – and freedom – to give something back. Market forces drive decisions, as does the desire to add skills, and find work freedom by being your own boss.

9 dynamic & successful Entrepreneurs share their reasons for embracing Entrepreneurship.

The Business Bug – Feed the Passion

Simone Sloan on Maroon OakI have been surrounded by entrepreneurs since birth. Entrepreneurship is in my genes. I started a jewelry company in high school, with my parent’s guidance. This was my first real step in owning a business. Although it was initially weird “cold selling,” I developed a strong ability to listen and develop relationships.

After that I started was a tutoring company which continues to provide service to underserved communities. I am also a Business & Leadership Coach, who partners with entrepreneurs, small businesses, and Executives.

Why I do what I do – it’s about the legacy that I would like to leave behind.

Providing a solid foundation from which a business and surrounding community can be sustained and thrive is my true motivation.

Simone SloanFounder, MBY Professional Coach LLC

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Hannah Pobar on EntrepreneurshipMy Dad was an entrepreneur and I was always inspired by his day to day work and how much he cared about all aspects of the business. He always encouraged me to be creative. I started learning HTML when I was 9 and have been designing things ever since!

I’ve had a few tries at doing my own thing. While I lived in Boulder, CO I supported myself through college as a wedding photographer! Growing up I always was starting little businesses as a kid and it’s something that I’ve always had in some capacity on the side. Pretty Techie is the most “me” thing I’ve ever done though.

Hannah Pobar, Founder, Pretty Techie


New Professional Innings – Dare to Reinvent and follow through

Earline Marshall on Maroon OakI was in the nonprofit and private sector for over 25 years and dreamed of starting my own business in 2001 when I returned to school to get a BS in Management Studies. I received the BS and went back and got my MBA both from the University of Maryland University College. All the while still working full-time and dreaming about owning my own company. After 13 years of employment, I was laid-off and decided that was it.

It was time for me to live my dreams and stop living the dreams of others.

Earline MarshallPresident & CEO, Marshall Management Group

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portrait-camille-millerI reached a point in my life where I could give back and I wanted to do something that excited me, that combined my business skills with my life passion.

I couldn’t find a suitable job after being laid off because of funding.

So I started writing down what my ideal position would look like….then I created it!

Camille Miller, Founder & Executive Director, The Natural Life Business Partnership

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portrait-sandi-websterMy business partner, Peggy McHale, and I were laid off from our corporate jobs after 9/11. Only a few weeks before, we’d talked about having our own business – fulfill the need to have marketing consultants who were affordable and did not need any training. We always said “out of the ashes of 9/11, a business was born.” I most likely would have stayed longer in the corporate world because I was financially motivated to stay there.

Who knew a disaster would turn out to be the catalyst for such a major change in my life?

Sandi Webster, Principal, Consultants 2 Go

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Follow your Heart

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A passion for healing others. I derive great satisfaction when I see that I am able to help others heal mentally, emotionally, and physically.


Nidhi Idnani, Owner, iReikiNow

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portrait-syleecia-thompsonI had a vision that I wanted to carry out. It was clear, concise and complex. My vision is to change lives through entertainment, education, empowerment and entrepreneurship.


Dr. Syleecia ThompsonDYG Management Group

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Work & Life Balance

Laurie Tieman on Maroon OakI was motivated to start my own business because I needed to create a situation where I could produce income, feel fulfilled professionally and work around my children’s schedule when they were younger.  


Laurie Tieman, Owner, Arrt Promotions

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Business Sense

portrait-olivia-jarasAfter working for over a decade on all things compensation, managing contracts, negotiating salaries at all levels, reviewing countless resumes and analyzing salary specific market data, I noticed that when it came to negotiating salaries, women acted –and by default – were treated- different from men.

After extensive research, I realized that while companies intend to pay employees equally, most women don’t know what they are worth, nor do they know how to ask for it in the off chance that they do know what they are worth. Thus, Salary Coaching LLC was born – to close the gender wage gap.

Olivia Jaras, Founder, Salary Coaching for Women

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The reasons for Entrepreneurship vary, as do the triggers. But if you have a skill or a passion that can find a market, why not consider channeling it through your own business. You never know how far that road might take you.

Pooja Krishna

Pooja Krishna is an Entrepreneur, Consultant and Mom. She has worked both in large corporates and managed startups over the last 20+ years. A co-founder of Maroon Oak, she’s also founded Win Thinks, a small business consulting company, and Trading Paces, which educates amateur and pro stock traders. 

A trivia buff and yoga & hula hoop enthusiast, Pooja loves spending time with her family playing board games and watching documentaries. 

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  1. Rosemerry Blash 7 years ago

    All of these stories are so inspiring. I am gaining an understanding of the power of the entrepreneurial spirit.

  2. 7 years ago

    How awesome is this article. Love the reasons all you ladies shared!! Sometimes it takes a long time to take that step and other times one event will do it, lol.

  3. 7 years ago

    My kids were my inspiration and the reason I had to find adaptable work timings. Entrepreneurship is not easy but small wins are extremely gratifying.

  4. Linda James
    Linda James 7 years ago

    Very Inspiring ,your closing line sums up the article brilliantly

  5. 7 years ago

    Very Inspiring. Hannah’s story touches a chord. My dad was an entrepreneur and made us think at every point on how to improve, do it better, figure out ways.

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