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Midtown’s Rising Stars

The heart of our mission at VoyageATL 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 Atlanta’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 Midtowns’s rising stars below.

Gabrini Smith

I was just tired of not having a complete social life as being a waiter, so I decided I needed to change. I contacted some of my friends that work in the construction business and asked if they needed any helpers. I was rotating areas with them so I could learn a bit of everything but end up specializing in tile and its secrets. Read More>>

Kanta Cadogan (Coach K) MSW

In May, 2009 I was on schedule to graduate from Howard University with my Masters of Social Work degree. It was several weeks prior to graduation, that it hit me like flashing lights, “I no longer wanted to work in the social work field as a direct care service provider”. Shortly, thereafter my epiphany I immediately had a one on one meeting with one of my social work professor’s at Howard. Read More>>

Robert Kim

Challenge and diversity might best describe this self-made professional. You could say that his say that Robert Kim’s life has more twists and turns than a Shakespearean play. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he is a fourth generation Korean American, his grandparents being honored by the South Korean government as the very first American pioneers. Read More>>

Denise Conroy

A love of numbers led me to a career in marketing. In my senior year of college, I took a course in empirical methods. It’s basically polling and statistics. I fell in love with the idea of figuring out what makes people tick. Read More>>

Michael Bellush

I think my story is a little unique in that I didn’t set out to start a digital marketing company. I had been working in finance for over a decade when I became deeply interested in Search Engine Optimization. I had just launched a new website for another business I had founded years earlier. Read More>>

Taka Black

Taka takes Photos is part of the NALA Agency: a team of advertising creatives who notice the lack of quality creative solutions for small and medium size businesses. The biggest struggle was getting started. Having a very (and I mean very) lean budget, we relied on our creativity and instincts to get by, This led to some really great moments though. From working out of coffee shops to having a small office in Midtown Atlanta, we’ve come along way. Read More>>

Sinoun Chea

ShiftWeb Solutions started because I had a personal need to have the power to make my own decisions. Honestly, I was also tired of working for others – I have always been an entrepreneur at heart. As a tech-savvy artist who already had a few years of web design and internet marketing under my belt, it only made sense that I created ShiftWeb. Read More>>

John Lay

I started my professional career in Miami after graduating from Florida State University in the mid 90’s. I had always lived and been attracted to culturally diverse areas and Miami was a booming design arena during that time. I took the lowest paying of three offers because I loved the people and went to work for a design manufacturing company that designed and fabricated items for both the dining rooms and kitchens of most of the top restaurant chains in the US, South/Central America and Mexico. Read More>>

Roshawnna Novellus

I was inspired to create EnrichHER because I have personally interacted with hundreds of women who could not obtain the financing that they needed to start their businesses. As long as there is even a single women entrepreneur who needs business funding, I will remain inspired by this work. The EnrichHER Conference and entrepreneur showcase have already helped many women-led businesses with additional customers and thereby revenue. Based on EnrichHER attracting customers towards highlighted women-led businesses, I know that the crowdfunding platform will amplify the success of what is already in place. Read More>>

Shantel Khleif

It’s been the biggest adventure I’ve had to date and I wouldn’t change anything (mistakes and all) but by no means would I say smooth sailing. I don’t think dreaming big comes easy and I also believe that every mistake/struggle is ultimately a lesson and an opportunity to get better. That said, I’ve listed two struggles that are top of mind: Read More>>

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