Entrepreneur advice from a mom who built a million-dollar business

Julie Berninger, 33, has tried many a side hustle. She’s kept a blog that’s brought in thousands of dollars per year. She’s had a podcast that, though was never an income stream, enabled her to meet hundreds of side hustle and financial experts. And her Etsy store, where she sells items like bachelorette party activity lists, brings in $1,000 per month in passive income.

After years of dabbling, it occurred to Berninger that she could teach some of the side gig lessons she’s learned. In 2019, she teamed up with fellow hustler Cody Berman, and the two founded Gold City Venturesa business of online courses focused specifically on building additional streams of income.

The two started with courses about freelancing, blogging and opening an Etsy store for printables like the one Berninger has. The latter has been their most popular course by far, and in 2021, Gold City Ventures

San Francisco trans entrepreneurs get head start with accelerator program | News

Melanie Ampon, San Francisco’s first transgender electrology salon owner, does not regret the sleepless nights she endured to open her storefront in Nob Hill. She went into business to provide electrolysis, the FDA-approved permanent hair removal method, because she wants trans people to safely receive the gender-affirming care.

In San Francisco, small businesses can take months or even years to open, requiring registrations, inspections, ADA compliance, permitting, licenses and other city requirements. But because of an entrepreneurship accelerator program created in 2020 by San Francisco’s Transgender District President Aria Sa’id, Ampon said she was able to open Hearten Electrolysis in a rapid eight months.

“I had a logo design, but the (program’s) graphic designer was able to create brochures for me that I had at the Trans March this year. I had a business coach telling me all these resources, what tools to use to make sure I have a

The Pitch Deck a 24-Year-Old Entrepreneur Used to Secure $1 Million

  • Emma Butler, 24, is the founder and CEO of Liberare, an adaptive-intimate-apparel business.
  • She started the company as a student to help women with disabilities dress easily and feel sexy.
  • Here’s the deck she used to close a $1 million round led by British Fashion Council and Venrex.

Paris, France-based entrepreneur Emma Butler thought of the idea for her company Libertyan adaptive-intimate-apparel business, marketplace, and community forum, while blogging in her Brown University dorm room in 2018. Inspired by her mother, who deals with chronic fibromyalgia pain and limited dexterity, the Rhode Island native envisioned disabled women dressing easily , being confident, and feeling sexy.

That blog led her to launch the company as Intimately while she was a student in 2020; she rebranded to Liberare in June 2022. After graduation and in the middle of a pandemic, she crafted a preliminary pitch deck, launched a Kickstarter campaign, and