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Inspiring Stories from Outside the 610

The heart of our mission at VoyageHouston is to find the amazing souls that breathe life into our city. In the recent weeks we’ve had the privilege to connect with some of the Houston’s finest artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and rabble rousers and we can’t begin to express how impressed we are with our city’s incredibly deep talent pool. Check out rising stars from outside the 610 below.

Van Bushnell

Since I was a kid, bicycles have been a big part of my life. Starting with the birth of BMX in the late 70s and early 80s, I was on a bike. My friends and I would get together to trade and sell parts and personalize our bikes. I also have a passion for history. Read more>>

Dr. Polly Heil-Mealey

I was born, raised, graduated high school and currently live here in Humble where the clinic is located. I started studying holistic health (lifestyle and diet) as a hobby when my children were quite young. When my husband was diagnosed with Cancer in 1998, I became intrigued with the alternatives. Read more>>

Rameen Chaharbaghi

I’m originally from Laurel, Maryland. My father is a civil engineer and a devout Muslim originally from Iran who grew up dirt-poor, the son of a merchant in a family of seven children. He came to Louisiana in the 1970s thanks to the generosity of one of his father’s clients, who didn’t want to see his intelligence wasted. Read more>>

Julia Proctor

I started out with a huge passion for music that I knew was unique. I had a hard time pinpointing and explaining to others why I had such a passion because I didn’t grow up playing any instruments. Also, because it seemed like everyone said they loved music. Read more>>

Shanté Lawson

What I’ve found to be intriguing are the stories I often read about of like minded individuals just like me who had a vision for a start up company that are now flourishing entrepreneurs. Many of the stories desribed entrepreneurs who began with something abstract, limited resources and yet their business evolved into thriving start up companies. Read more>>

Katie Franks

The concept of Kiss by Katie began about 8 years ago. I had always loved makeup growing up and it was while I was attending beauty school that I realized my passion for helping women look and feel beautiful but more specifically that there was value in offering a unique service of hair and makeup for special occasions. Read more>>

Debbie Decker

Simply Baked Sweets became reality in 2015, when I retired from 15 years with Anadarko Petroleum Corporation to follow my dream. I left a contracts administration job for a computer manufacturer years before when my three children were very young. Read more>>

Jerel Benjamin

I’ve opened nine corporations since 1993. I started my first business out of desperation to earn enough funds to finish my college degree in English as I was working for a tile contractor and wasn’t making enough money for tuition. So I decided to try out installing tile floors on my own by consulting the “Yellow Pages” and calling the contractors listed. Read more>>

Stephanie Mooring

Harvey Moms began after Hurricane Harvey devastated our city. We are a Non Profit Organization made up of a group of stay at home moms who want to help people affected by the storm. We are Moms to littles. Read more>>

Linda Nguyen

I was in the insurance industry for the about 10 years before getting into the exotic produce business. It must have been serendipitous because my change of careers coincided with the birth of our little girl. Prior to my pregnancy I wanted to visit a friend who lived in Florida. Read more>>

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