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South 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 South Loop’s rising stars below.

Jennifer Dawn

My business idea came to me as an unexpected divine download. After I lost my successful career as a Design Director, I heard God say to put my personal poetry on t-shirts. It didn’t make sense to my ego, but I went for it because I had nothing to lose since I lost my job and was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. And so my entrepreneurial journey began. I did not have a master plan. My journey has all been organic. One faithful step forward at a time. I sold my poetic t-shirts online and in local boutiques to empower women to own their power and beauty from the inside out. I even got into Houston Fashion Week. Everything came full circle to where I am today using all my branding, marketing, design and style experience to help introverted leaders own their quiet voice and fierce power to build brands that make a big impact. Read more>>

Terrance Green

I started was about 2yrs ago when I was doing Dialysis every M,W,F from kidney faliure only bringing in 901 a month from disability, my friend of mine introduced me to the foreign exchange market..At first I was skeptical about it because I was scammed before., but I took a chance with it and join with him with an education platform that gave me the resources to learn the trading skill. I’ve kind of back off it because I was not getting the results I wanted. The skill set was there but was not acquiring it. Fast Forward 2020 when pandemic hit my income was hit when I lost my job working at Redlobster. So I was put in a situation where I need to figure out where my income was going to come from, and boom the trading market came to thought. So I’ve studied all the resources I’ve had from the education platform and partner with some of the greats that done it, and became Mr. TPSMACKER!!! which means Take Profits. Since then my business was born March 3,2021 Kingz Empire Investmentz LLC. Read more>>

Tyreq Miles

Beginning of 2020, I want to start my own brand by become a marketing product by collaborating with and supporting other people’s brand such as clothing, photography, food, and etc…. I didn’t really know how I was going to funded this idea outside my job or what my point of entry will be. Then once May came around I discovered that I have natural talent for painting. By customizing an old pair of air maxes, I had to match a Space Jam Jersey I just ordered from PacSun online. Of course I got the Angelus paint and I made the shoes look like the jersey as much as possible. I liked the aspect of painting so I bought me a couple canvases and then I made me two paintings and everybody thought that they looked amazing and so I was like OK. I must have a natural talent for this. One of my friends (Steven Alphin) started calling me Blacasso in October 2020 so I’ve been rocking with that name ever since. Read more>>

Jennifer Dawn

My business idea came to me as an unexpected divine download. After I lost my successful career as a Design Director, I heard God say to put my personal poetry on t-shirts. It didn’t make sense to my ego, but I went for it because I had nothing to lose since I lost my job and was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. And so my entrepreneurial journey began. I did not have a master plan. My journey has all been organic. One faithful step forward at a time. I sold my poetic t-shirts online and in local boutiques to empower women to own their power and beauty from the inside out. I even got into Houston Fashion Week. Everything came full circle to where I am today using all my branding, marketing, design and style experience to help introverted leaders own their quiet voice and fierce power to build brands that make a big impact. Read more>>

Sharde Hawkins

I started dancing in middle school, which was around 2009. However, I didn’t start actually taking it seriously until around 2014, when I got to Soundbox. I was 16 and started on the youth team Lady Rascals, where I graduated and joined the adult team Galing. Since then I have had the pleasure to choreograph, put in competition pieces, and also teach at Soundbox as a sub. In 2018, I got the offer to become a part of the teacher staff at Soundbox. Ever since then, I fell in love with teaching, and I also fell more in love with dance. It sparked my creativity so much that I formed an all girls team named Sin City, our first competition we ended up placing third. Dance and teaching became such a big part of my life, I fell in love with the class setting and now it is something I want to pursue as a career. I also just finished choreographing my very first music video, which is such a highlight in my career. Read more>>

Aliana Stafford

I move to Houston fresh out of college in 2013. I began my journey working in the local luxury retail department stores and Boutiques. My keen fashion sense and great interpersonal skills aided in my success. It didn’t take long for my entrepreneurial desires to inspire me to start my own freelance business. I launched my company Labels and Life and offered my personal services as a stylist, personal shopper, and image consultant. I was inspired to become a Realtor through my successes as a top producing seller in the luxury retail industry. My innate desire to help people began to outgrow my reach in retail; and I was motivated to enter the realm of real estate. I now pride myself of being a seasoned Realtor working with the household name of Better Homes & Gardens. My office at the Better Homes & Gardens Gary Greene Real Estate office in The Heights. It is my mission as a Realtor to make your buying, selling, or renting experience as smooth and enjoyable as possible. Read more>>

Pedro Llanes

Music became my therapy and my salvation, as much as I want to please my fans with authentic music I always want to reach different ways to get Intune with myself. I find relief when I can express myself when I’m alone writing music and seeking my flaws and insecurities and becoming a better me. Read more>>

Neena Kremer

My husband, Brent Kremer is the epitome of the American Dream. He is the youngest of four boys who grew up on a farm in rural Nebraska. Since his twenties he has been an entrepreneur, buying and selling businesses. He follows his passions and Storm Guard checked all the boxes. We are a franchise and are blessed to be part of the growing Storm Guard family across the nation. He opened this location in 2016 and we were lead by God to have me join his team early 2018. Since then we have been building this business together and we are proud to be a local family owned small business. It’s a true joy to be able to work next to each other every day. Brent and I have four children and a farm in Gardner, Kansas that we care for. We love when we get to bring the kids into the office. Owning our own business has allowed us to spend the time with our children that we need to and feel very fortunate that we have been so blessed to do so. Read more>>

Felicia Woodard

My story starts with my father encouraging me towards the arts. All of my free spirited-be curious, inspired by nature, science, and need to create things with my hands came from him. 🙂 I went to a Fine Arts elementary school and participated in dance and theater, as well as track and cheerleading for sports. I knew from a young age I wanted to dance and went on to major in Dance for undergrad. The program was very much so focused on Eurocentric ideas of dance so after I graduated I sought out every Afro-Diasporic dance style I could find to learn and train. I danced for Kucheza Ngoma which was a wonderful experience in West African and Caribbean folk dance. I was still doing modern dance for Second Generation and Urban Souls, but when I started learning and performing samba with LD Dance Company, that’s where I found my dance home. Read more>>

Tracy Beauchamp

I started my business Blessed Hands Floral Design in January of 2019 but added my yard card business last year in September of 2020. With the pandemic going on full force my floral business had decreased drastically because there were no weddings, proms or homecomings. I was on the Nextdoor App and saw someone post a yard sign and I thought to myself I could definitely do this. I did my research and invested in a few pieces just to actually see if I could indeed pull this off. I booked a few yards with the few pieces I had and changed them around each time so it wouldn’t look the same even though it was. Each time I was able to save from one of my bookings I would invest in more inventory. I ran a $75 special and began to build my clientele. As time went on, I had begun to notice people were actually happy with the work I was presenting and were coming back and referring me to their family and friends. By this time I was becoming more confident and loving making others happy with my signs. As months had gone on my craft had begun to be noticed by many and I became Brand Ambassador for Signway Prints of Alvin, Tx in April of 2021.

Shaniecesta Ross-Bell

I never thought ill be in the hair industry, Struggling with alopecia and not knowing the solution to grow my hair was very much stressful. So, I started to research what I can use to grow my hair healthy and fast. Once I study different ingredients I decided to try a small batch on myself. BossChic Hair Boutique was created in Nov. 2017 out of a need for an all-natural ingredient hair care regimen. Although there were many products that catered to natural hair, I quickly realized that there were not many products that were truly natural and could be used for all types and textures of hair. With determination to revive my damaged hair, and provide an all-natural alternative for others, Eryss Boost Serum was born! After researching all-natural oils, herbs, and herbal ingredients that promote hair growth, traction alopecia, hair restoration, and rejuvenation. Read more>>

Michelle Shattuck

My journey into the Non-Profit Sector started in November 2018 when I was hired at The Alliance as an AmeriCorps VISTA for the Financial Opportunity Center (FOC). The FOC is designed to provide services for Houston’s low to moderate-income refugee, immigrant, and other underserved populations. These services include employment and career planning, financial literacy and coaching, and public benefits eligibility assistance. While assisting with FOC clients, I was introduced to the ladies who worked for The Community Cloth (the current program I run) a micro-enterprise initiative that helps empower female entrepreneurs by selling local craft and wares across the city of Houston. After my year of service, I became the Program Coordinator for The Community Cloth. Six months later I transferred over to my new position; Coordinator of Entrepreneurship Programs at The Alliance. Although my role has changed, I continue to assist refugee women and female entrepreneurs who want to start small businesses. But anyone within the city at any part of their small business journey. Read more>>

Calandra France

I spent the majority of my post-college life working in the financial services industry, from insurance to banking, I had a chance to experience “real world” application of how money works. What I noticed in each job I had, but more so it became apparent when I worked for the nation’s largest bank, is that people generally don’t have a solid grasp of financial literacy and most of our parents were “winging it” when it came to teaching us how to be responsible with our money, our credit, and our overall finances. I started my company in 2016 as a side business providing bookkeeping and tax preparation services to local small business owners. After two years it morphed into what it is today – a company focused on educating our clients about the advantages of mastering their finances including gaining clarity about how to leverage excellent credit for their lives. I tell most of my clients initally, don’t be afraid to raise your hand, because I was the person who was in the room learning the information, but I was terrible at implementation. It was not until I became serious about getting my finances in order did I improve my life. Read more>>

1 Comment

  1. Talia

    May 10, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    Lady B.G. is the hottest karaoke dj in the city!!! Book her for the greatest karaoke experience!!!

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