Success Stories

On the Road to Fame and Fortune

Small Business Development Center hosted by Santa Monica City College Legends of Hollywood Tours – Los Angeles, CA Before: After spending four years as a tour guide for the biggest tour company in Los Angeles, Mark Morrow was ready to … Continue reading

This Startup Is Shaping Up Nicely

Before: Toneka Pires and Linda Okwor had lots in common when they met at a fitness competition. Both had business degrees, successful corporate careers and a passion for fitness. After being laid off, they combined their business acumen with their … Continue reading

Upscale Retailer Takes the Next Step to Growth

Before: Lisa Bush; her husband, Scott Vineberg; and their business partner, Anna Variano, owned a successful retail store and Web site selling high-end women’s shoes in Montreal. After relocating to Southern California five years ago, Vineberg and Bush decided to … Continue reading

A Passion for Shopping Becomes a Business

Before: As a teacher, Nicole Pollard spent her summer vacations traveling to places like London, Italy and Japan, where she indulged her passion for shopping. She thought about starting a business hosting luxury shopping tours overseas, until a friend suggested … Continue reading