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North Loop’s Rising Stars

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 North Loop’s rising stars below.

Madison Harris and Sydnie Boyd

One day while we were in undergrad at Prairie View A&M University, we thought about starting our business. In March 2020, Covid hit and put the world on pause and we had so much more time on our hands because we were stuck in the house and for that reason, we decided to stop talking about and be about it. Then finally, in July 2020, we were able to launch Dear Divas. Read more>>

Jacqueline Burnett-Petite

I have always wanted to be my own boss and run my own business. After I completed my bachelor’s degree in Finance at the University of Texas at Arlington, I began my professional career working to different companies in their Accounting/Finance Department. While gaining the experience, I started to work out a plan of how to start my own business. I began working with family members and friends as my initial clients. When I realized that I could really run my own business and be successful, I began promoting my using as and taking on other clients. This was back in 2013. Over the next seven years, I continued to grow my business and promote wherever I could. I worked hard because I knew that my success would be measured by how hard I worked. Read more>>

Courtney Richards

I’ve been doing hair for what feels like my entire life. I was that kid who cut up her friend’s hair in the kitchen when her mom wasn’t home. Upon completing my cosmetology program, I went the path I understood was the way to a successful career. I found an apprenticeship in a high-end salon in River oaks. While I learned a lot from some wonderful mentors, I never felt like I fit in nor fulfilled in the things I was doing everyday. After a few years of bouncing around, I ended up working at a small chain of barbershops based out of Austin that was looking to expand into Houston. I hadn’t spent much time doing men’s hair up until that point, and I assumed that men didn’t really care about their hair that much. Read more>>

Keundra Batiste

I have always loved fashion and wanted to have my own boutique. In 2015, I finally built up the courage to start my business. I didn’t know very much about running a business, so I was learning as I went. We were doing really good, but running a business takes a lot of time, energy and focus. At the time, I was working full time, a full-time mom and going to school full time so after two years in business, I made the decision to take a break because I didn’t want my business to suffer. It was truly a blessing because during the time I spent away from my business, I was able to really learn the ins and outs of running a business and how to successfully market a business. I took my time and rewrote my business plan and goals for my business. Read more>>

Tammi Durden

If you are looking to LIVE your life at the next level regardless as to your past, then Tammi Durden is the force to help you accomplish that. Having suffered from low self-esteem in her early adulthood, Tammi used Biblical principles to learn to love herself and now teaches women that if they want to receive love, then they must first LOVE themselves. Tammi is a product of her own product. Having experienced a myriad of setbacks in her personal life, including divorce, bankruptcy, failed businesses, and low self-esteem (just to name a few), she personally knows that despite your circumstances, you can Get Up and Win all while not looking like what you’ve been through. Read more>>

Nayely De Leon

For as long as I could remember, I have been addicted to cheese. I always made sure to stop by Krogers or Walmart and purchase those $10 trays of pepperoni, cheese, and crackers to snack on. And if there was ever an event with cheese and crackers as a snack, you know I was stuck to that table! It was not until July when my sister purchased a charcuterie box that I knew I had to begin a business as well. That was how cheese deserved to be eaten. So from there on, I began my journey. I mean how much better could it get? I get to service what I love most to you guys! My amazing community is what has gotten me where I am today. Read more>>

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