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Gilbert’s Rising Stars

The heart of our mission at VoyagePhoenix 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 Greater Phoenix 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 inspiring stories from Gilbert and surrounding areas below.

Nicole Brown

I started my love for photography when I had my first daughter. I never wanted a day to go by without capturing her beautiful little self in photos or videos. When my daughter was a few months old, my grandpa who is a true entrepreneur in every sense of the word offered me an amazing role in his retail camera repair/parts company. Read more>>

Dania Blanco

My name is Dania Blanco, daughter of a Costa Rican immigrant. In fact, I too am an immigrant. I was born in San Jose, Costa Rica and brought to the United States at the age of 2. My mother came to this country like most in hopes of a better life for her and her younger daughter. My father later followed. Read more>>

Michael Natko

As cliché as this may sound, I started cooking as soon as I was old enough to stand. Both of my parents were great cooks and being a highly energetic child (and now adult), I was always at their hip with knife and cutting board in hand. But my true obsession with food -and even more with nutrition- really didn’t start until high school when I started wrestling. Read more>>

Cooper Johnson, Travis Johnson, Daniel Johnson

Cooper, at age 5, decided he needed to get a job. A few days later a ‘dog walker needed sign’ was posted in the neighborhood. With his love for dogs, this was perfect and thus a business was born! After not too long Travis, Cooper’s younger brother, asked the main dog walking client if she had any jobs for him. Read more>>

Alisha Chasey

The sparks of the Innocent Indulgence dream began as a little girl in footie pajamas making muffins, standing on a chair just to reach the counter. I loved being in the kitchen and I loved desserts, especially chocolate. Over the years, my love of sweets and baking took me from 4-H, winning Best of Class and First Place for desserts (in 2 states), to a blossoming interest in health and nutrition. Read more>>

Kip and Jade Leach

Our family business was started for 2 main reasons: Teaching my son entrepreneurship skills & the love of the game. First – I believe you can never over prepare your children for adulthood. In starting Arizona Cornhole Rentals I’ve been able to show my 11 year old son several life lessons in operating a business. Read more>>

Leslie Blalock

My company was born about 6 years ago and I have been a Full Time Wedding Photographer for 3 1/2 of that. All my friends and Family were getting married and hitting huge milestones in life and I loved seeing their pictures from their photo sessions (weddings, babies, engagements). Somehow that inspired me to pick up photography so I made it a personal goal to purchase a DSLR a few months after and started learning all things photography. Read more>>

Linsay Smith

I became a corporate accountant after college. I thought the safety and security of a job like that would make me happy. Turns out, I am not the cubicle type. After I had my second baby, I made the decision to stay home. I had two babies in two years and the day care cost alone made working not worth it. Read more>>

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