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Arlington’s Rising Stars

The heart of our mission at VoyageDallas 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 Dallas-Fort Worth area’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 Arlington’s rising stars below.

Tina Berg

I am a daughter of immigrant parents, who moved to the United States from Mexico when I was two months old. I grew up in a small town in West Texas. I was raised to value hard work, diligence, respect for authority, and never take the privilege of living in America for granted. After graduating from high school, I spent several years living in Mexico. My family and I purchased a 200-acre farm that had never been farmed.  Read more>>

Amber Okolo-Ebube

As a woman of color in the homeschool world, I often faced difficulty finding multicultural homeschool co-ops. So, I decided to create a diverse community where my children and their friends could grow and learn through hands-on experiences. It is my opinion that the best part of homeschooling is the ability to hear, see, and touch the subjects we are learning about. As LLA grew, I withdrew my daughter with special needs from school and began SPED homeschooling. She is now flourishing with record-breaking growth. Other parents noticed her growth. Organically, I began helping others build SPED home programs.  Read more>>

Sydney Allen

I grew up in a very strict household and it was very difficult for me. I used to be an introvert, I didn’t know how to make friends, dating was difficult for me, and I had almost no confidence. Fast forward to the age of 42, I remember waking up one morning in June and having the idea that it would be fun to do a boudoir shoot. I had always thought the women in the boudoir pictures looked beautiful, feminine, elegant, and happy. I wanted that. So, I researched and landed upon a boudoir photographer of my own and scheduled the shoot. Read more>>

Jennifer Kelly

Atmozphere Candles started in 2018. Me and my husband had just had our first child and that’s when we knew we wanted to work on a business that my children could also inherit. I started to look into the ingredients that my favorite candle makers would use and quickly learned that some of the material was not – Environmentally Safe for me and my family. That’s when the research came, I spent hours and hours learning about candle making, we then purchased all the raw and organic material needed to start making candles.  Read more>>

Dr. Linda Amerson

I began my vision in Corpus Christi, TX, as an entrepreneur in 1980 and knew this is where my path would lead. My education journey: I took business courses at Del Mar College. Completed the Cosmetology Certification Program at Del Mar College.  Matriculated the Specialty Trichology course at the International Institute of Trichology, Madison, AL…an Accredited Program thru The American Association of Drugless Practitioners.  Read more>>

Christie K. Moore

I knew when I was nine that I would help people for the rest of my life. My first passion is helping families honor their lost loved ones. In 1988, I watched my great-grandmother’s embalming and later burial. Watching my family cope with their anticipatory grief is what guided me toward the desired path to help families navigate their loss. In 1995, I expressed my higher education plan to my parents which were to graduate from high school, forego the traditional college route and immediately pursue a mortuary science degree. Read more>>

Brieanna Lightfoot Smith

I always credit my Aunt Sandra with the start of my company Brands by Brie even though I didn’t call it Brands by Brie back then. It was 2014 and I had just graduated college with my journalism degree, and she brought me on to assist her nonprofit with creating a monthly newsletter to send out to parents and she asked that I develop a website for them. I didn’t have experience with site design at the time but after seeing what I created for her I realized I could offer this same type of service for other small businesses and nonprofits.  Read more>>

Bradley Jones

My journey with business, health, and fitness started when I was in college. I was always active and played sports growing up, however, when I first went off to school, I gained the freshman 15 and then some. When I decided to transfer schools, I really wanted to get into the best shape I could get in. I started reading different health and fitness magazines and started to really enjoy fitness. I began work as a pharmacy technician while in school and one thing that stood out to me was just seeing how many prescriptions people were on. Read more>>

Candyce Abbott

Love Bug Luv Products LLC was created in Spring of 2021. The Idea started early 2020. I was a restaurant manager and when the pandemic hit my restaurant was closed down. I had time to really think about what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. When the pandemic was at its highest, destroying many lives and families, I started to think about what I was teaching my children and what I was leaving for them. That was when I started thinking about starting a business to leave for my children. I chose the Skincare industry because I had found that finding really good “natural” skincare products that were affordable is very hard to do. Also, I longed for the thing I needed most which was self-care. Read more>>

Simon Adeniji

As a United States service member who operated in the healthcare field, one of my duties was to provide CPR Training to both healthcare workers and non-healthcare workers who were required to maintain CPR certification for regulatory compliance. As many military members may attest, my “extra duty” was a volun-told assignment which later turned into a passion for education as I began to see the importance of this lifesaving skillset. In 2018, my time on Active-Duty service with the United States Air Force came to an end but one thing that stuck with me was advice I received from a very great mentor; “If it seems like no opportunities exist, create them!” That was exactly what I needed to hear and what started my drive towards entrepreneurship.  Read more>>

Elizabeth Phan

In college, I thought I knew what I wanted to do. I was very interested in fashion and dreamed of working for a luxury brand. I went to school at the University of North Texas to pursue that by double majoring in merchandising and digital retailing. I was able to secure a job right after graduation and on the side, worked as a field marketing representative for various wine and spirit brands. Shortly after, I was presented the opportunity to earn a master’s and just had to take it—free education! I was very busy, driven, but when I look back at my past career, I laugh because I never ended up working in fashion. Read more>>

Gabby Brooks

I grew up in a small country town called Athens TX. I went to cosmetology school at my local community college where I fell in love with doing hair. I had a dream and a passion to do hair in the big cities. I always wanted to be a vivid stylist but couldn’t grow a clientele in such a small town. I worked at a few local salons just trying to advance and grow my skill in doing hair. In 2019 I finally moved to Dallas and got a great salon job. Sadly a few months after I moved Covid hit, and I had to move back home to Athens. I was devastated but I wasn’t going to give up on my dream. Read more>>

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