Stephanie Schomer

Stephanie Schomer

Entrepreneur Staff
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My First Moves

The Founder of Miss Jessie's Got Retail Placement by Asking a Stock Boy for Intel

After an entrepreneurial failure, Miko Branch launched a new business out of necessity -- and identified a lucrative, underserved market in the haircare industry.
Mentor Moments

How This Handbag Founder's Husband (and Mentor) Helps Her Communicate Her Creative Vision

Aimee Kestenberg launched her eponymous handbag line in 2012, with her husband, Sean Elan, as her business partner. Together, they find balance between her creative, visual thinking and his business-minded brain.
My First Moves

How a First Date Led to Multimillion-Dollar Confection Company Sugarfina

Co-founder Rosie O'Neill looks back on the early days of building the brand with her now-fiancé: "All of the stories of how we found this concept are wound up in our love story."
Mentor Moments

How the Founder of This Multimedia Company Hired Her Own Mentor

GoldieBlox founder and CEO Debbie Sterling wanted to keep her mentor as close as possible -- so she hired her to be president of the company.
My First Moves

This Founder Sold Her Home to Fund Her Startup

Lara Mead, co-founder of athleisure brand Varley, quit her job and sold her house -- and it paid off.
Mentor Moments

'Recognize When You Need Help' – the Aha Moment Parachute's Founder Learned From Her Mentor

Ariel Kaye is building a fast-growing bedding and bath brand, and she gets welcome reminders from Kelly Mullens Brown, a marketing and strategy pro, to take time for self-care.
My First Moves

This Millennial Founder Decorated Her Dorm Room Using Products She Created

At 18, Amanda Zuckerman co-founded dorm décor brand Dormify with her mom. Now, she's a 27-year-old creative director for the fast-growing brand she build from the ground up.
Mentor Moments

'She's My Adult Spirit Animal,' Says This Social Entrepreneur About Her Mentor

Just Speak founder Brittni Kellom has no shortage of passion for her organization's mission, but she looks to her mentor for wisdom and guidance.
My First Moves

In Pitching Your Business, Take Every 'No' As a 'Not Now,' Says This Founder

Absolut Art CEO Nahema Mehta turned her rent-to-own art startup into a profitable reality thanks to sheer persistence.
Mentor Moments

'When You Feel Alone, Crazy' -- This Social Entrepreneur's Mentor Talks Her Through the Rough Patches

B-360 founder Brittany Young is a self-described optimist who always expects the best. So her mentor helps her manage expectations and navigate when things go wrong.
My First Moves

How Two Sisters Turned a Textile Experiment Into a Bustling Global Enterprise

Lily and Hopie Stockman transformed their long-distance art project into a fast-growing business -- by not heeding advice from Harvard Business School and staying true to their vision for a socially-minded brand.
Mentor Moments

This Co-Founder's Startup Matches Clients With Local Therapists -- and Her Mentor Used Her Services

Sophia co-founder Eva Breitenbach leans on her mentor, a fellow MIT alumna, to expand her network and find her own answers to her questions.
My First Moves

Why This Intimate Apparel Founder Walked Away From a Wholesale Business That Was 700 Stores Strong

Knix founder Joanna Griffiths built a company to serve women -- all women. When her wholesale partners were failing her customers, she made a drastic pivot.
Mentor Moments

The Mentor for This Clean Beauty Retail Founder Lent Her Influence and Credibility

Follain's Tara Foley started with zero experience in starting a clean beauty business -- but support from her mentor Jodie McLean, CEO of real estate company Edens, helped open doors.
My First Moves

How Losing Her Job Helped Jaclyn Johnson Find Her Inner CEO

Before she launched Create & Cultivate, Jaclyn Johnson founded No Subject, a marketing and events firm. But she never intended to be the boss.