Entrepreneur Stories

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How Maggie McCormick built her playful, fair trade fashion brand

Maggie McCormick started creating the perfect products, but wasn’t sure how to make the sales. Learn how Maggie took her product, fair trade fashion, and created the brand and design studio Maggie Jayne.

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Spooky business: Four entrepreneurs who were haunted by a dream

For small business owners, the idea of giving up their dreams is scarier than zombies, vampires, and unpaid invoices combined. This Halloween, we asked some entrepreneurs about their scariest moments—the times they almost quit (but then didn’t, because they ain’t afraid of no ghosts).

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Steel & Oak Designs + Wave: Artistry meets adaptability

Anthony Snelgrove and Jono Peters were experts at creating something from scratch to solve any problem. But would that ingenuity be enough to build a successful business? Watch the video of their gritty journey from making theatre sets to scaling a thriving design and furniture business.

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Change Connect + Wave: strategy meets simplicity

The folks at Change Connect love helping small and mid-sized businesses grow and maximize their productivity. Learn more about their story, and how Wave has helped them improve their own operations.

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Happy Pops + Wave: Sweetness meets sophistication

Leila Keshavjee threw herself into her passion for making healthier sweet treats, but she wasn’t fully prepared for everything she’d need to tackle as an entrepreneur. Here’s how Wave helped her understand her business better and stay organized on the go.

Geek Girls in Vegas + Wave: technology meets transparency

Lisa has two loves: performing and geeking out on tech. Wave helps her run her agency exactly how she wants, so she can give her customers the best experience.

I.M. Success Tutoring + Wave: Education meets efficiency

Helping kids get the best possible education is Michael Gibben’s passion—he even built a successful tutoring business to make it happen. Watch his video story to learn about his journey from impassioned educator to entrepreneur.

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Mike Reisacher + Wave: Inspiration meets integration

Not every entrepreneur sets out to be one. Sometimes it’s just part of doing what you love. In this inspiring video, freelance film editor Mike Reisacher walks us through what it was like building a network, mastering a craft, and growing a small business, all at once.

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Fitness4Youth + Wave: Passion meets productivity

Shyanne McPherson knew how to get kids to love fitness, but she quickly realized that running a successful business requires a whole new set of skills. Watch the video of her inspiring story of passion, self-doubt, and, finally, success.