Posts in My Origin Story
My Origin Story: Jessica Lynch, Partner

I'm for Alamance County which is a predominantly rural county in North Carolina. In a way, I come from a long history of entrepreneurship. My great-grandparents and grandparents were sharecroppers, farmers and eventually landowners, despite the legal and financial barriers they faced as black farmers in the South. This changed the trajectory of my life before I was even thought about. Growing up, I’ve watched the ups and down of entrepreneurs.

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My Origin Story: Ryan Wilson

The Gathering Spot is an invitation-only private membership club built to foster community, collaboration and experiences. The club features an event space, restaurant and bar, and 24/7 co-working space. More than being the space business, however, we are in the community business. We bring together people from all across the city together in shared community. I started this business because I couldn't find a community post-college that allowed me to meet new and different people.

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My Origin Story: Alecia Young

YOGAMOTIF is a healing arts yoga studio that specializes in make & take wellness. We celebrate your body (as is) and invite you to twist, turn, laugh, shimmy, and create in your own beautiful body. My experience opening and operating a yoga studio has made me even more sensitive to the idea of holding space. Holding space for myself so I don't burn out. Holding space for our teachers so they feel supported. Holding space for our guests so they can cultivate a sense of healing in their own bodies. Holding space for the community as our studio is located in a gentrified neighborhood in Pittsburgh. I often think about what I'm doing to maintain healing in my own life so I might continue to hold all of this space.

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My Origin Story: Anthony Riggins

I am a 26 year old African American man. I’ve experienced many ups and downs through my journey called life. I received a full ride scholarship to play football at Fresno State and later received a Master’s degree in Public Administration from CSU Stanislaus. My college experience was a humbling one, seeing that my dreams of playing in the NFL were cut short. This was a time where my only choice was to turn to God and allow Him to lead my life to where it is now. I am now a fitness coach who also likes to do motivational speaking.

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My Origin Story: Rachel Pace

Penny Brew is a community coffee experience. When I found the idea, or better yet when the idea found me, I didn't realize it would resonate with so many people. It's indescribable to give birth to an idea and watch strangers rally around it in support - surreal! That feeling in and of itself is very encouraging and gives me the motivation on days I don't have it to keep moving forward with my entrepreneurial aspirations.

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My Origin Story: Jeremiah Pittman

ThriVe is an online fashion store offering curated thrift and consignment items. We also offer brands pop-up marketing. My journey as a founder came with a lot of thinking on the fly and putting those ideas into action no matter what the result. A lot of people are afraid of challenges and failing so they don't enter new spaces--I'm the complete opposite. Since being an entrepreneur, I've learned to go forth and have faith in new ideas that come about and be open to change.

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