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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.

Rhonda Madrid

With no college degree and no capital, I used the resources I had and reinvested every dime back into my business. (And I am still debt-free.) I had absolutely no idea what I was doing and no business plan. However, what I did have was much more valuable and that was a vision for. Read more>>

Jillian Seamans and Jessica Smith

Today, our goal is to make yoga accessible to all by offering affordable community classes in local businesses, schools, museums, and parks. Specialized classes are offered for targeted demographics including children, older adults, inmates, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and first responders. Read more>>

Beth Beeson

As a Veteran and military spouse exiting the Marine Corps, I was unsure of my career once I stepped out of the military community so I knew I wanted to create something for myself that would be fluid enough for me to take with me as we continued to move every three years or so. Read more>>

Ayden Flynn

Doing hair was never the plan I had for myself. I either wanted to work with kids or the medical field. After graduating high school, I went to the traditional four-year college route. During this time, I went to two different universities in two different states, moved from my home in Ohio to Arizona, and changed my major more times than I can count. Read more>>

Aaron Meyers

I started playing drums and became obsessed with music. That’s when my creative side really started to show. All I did for years was play drums and I really felt that I was destined to be a professional musician or work in the music industry in some capacity. After a while, I started to use my dads’ video camera to film myself playing drums. Read more>>

Alice Woodard

I answered an ad in the newspaper for a receptionist position that was at a label manufacturing company. I then spent the next nine years working for a forms manufacturer that sold to distributors, a check manufacturer that sold directly to clients and a distributor that sold directly to clients. Read more>>

Angel & Lydia Palomino

Owning a business is like becoming a parent. Sleepless nights, endless work with no step-by-step instructions. Satisfying “yes,” rewarding “absolutely” but definitely not a smooth road. One major obstacle we have faced in our community since becoming business owners is the lack of people willing to work and learn the trade. Read more>>

Latavia Ellis

My passion for art and capturing moments began as a seed when I was young. Entertainment and media surrounded me growing up. My mom and dad did photography as a hobby/side business when I was in elementary school. My mom created custom design shirts and many other things. My dad was into media production and went to school for it. I always thought it was cool but wasn’t something I thought would become my passion. Read more>>

David Keys-Nunes

I worked as a corrections officer for the Sheriff’s Department in Tucson. During that time, I was taken hostage during an escape attempt. Rather than deterring me from serving my community, it solidified my desire to do so. I moved to the Valley and worked as a Scottsdale police dispatcher until I was old enough to attend the police academy. Read more>>

Amy Larabell

I founded the business as a new mom wanting to spend more time with my family. I was nannying full-time and with a husband working nights and weekends we were working opposite schedules and our family time was dwindling. I had always loved cooking and often it was included in my contracts with my nanny families. I started seeing a naturopathic physician in 2016 and it forever changed me. Read more>>


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