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Inspiring Stories from North West Dallas

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 the rising stars of North West Dallas below.

Shelby Staffel

Before SS Tech Services, I worked for an IT service provider and I felt like the business was missing opportunities to serve the client’s better. I brought this to the attention of the owner with my ideas of how to offer a better client experience and he wanted to continue business the way it had always been done. I knew right then and there this wasn’t the mindset of a company I wanted to be employed by and in 2009 I bravely set out on my own to do what I do best. Read more>>

Mathew and Alissa Martinez

Mathew had worked in the food and beverage industry all his life. He was managing a restaurant in Uptown Dallas when we met. The restaurant closed down abruptly and instead of jumping into another job in the restaurant industry, he decided he needed a break. As luck would have it, my father was needing help with his growing fence and gate company so Mathew decided he would help out until he found another job. This was his first experience in the construction industry and to his surprise, he realized that he enjoyed it so much that he decided to make a career change. Read more>>

Lynn Bjostad

I have always been in the hospitality industry and always knew I wanted to start my own company. I have an entrepreneur’s brain and needed to put it to work. One of my old bosses said to me ‘You are sitting on the edge of the pool with your feet in, too scared to just jump, Be FEARLESS’. The next month I started my company. Fear is still part of every day for us but now it fuels us and makes keeps us on our toes. 15 years later we are still planning meetings and conferences for a variety of business, associations, and non-profits. Read more>>

Jenny Layne

I started making and decorating cakes in college at Texas Tech university. I was studying to be a Marine Biologist at the time, and after failing most of my biology classes, I decided it probably wasn’t for me. I started an entrepreneur program in the business college, that lead me to the idea of opening a bakery in my home town of Flower Mound. I worked on my business plan for 2 years and moved home after graduating to implement it. What I thought would take me 6 months, actually took me 3.5 years. I started making cakes from my mom’s apartment until I was busy enough to open my store front. The art and design of cake making is what feeds my passion. Read more>>

Susan Carter

I started my career with JPI, I was responsible for leasing, marketing, and community level operations. Following a promotion to Director of Community Operations, I moved to Dallas and served as Regional Marketing Director. I founded MMC with the belief that traditional agencies often miss the foundational elements of real customer service and deep client connections, which are key to developing a brand voice. After serving as the Regional Marketing Director for JPI, I was ready to tap into my entrepreneurial spirit and start a company of my own, Mixed Media Creations. Read more>>

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