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Inspiring Stories from North Broward

The heart of our mission at VoyageMIA 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 Miami’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 North Broward’s rising stars below.

Elizabeth Matos

I have always believed in keeping your mind busy when stumbling across paths in life that may cause a setback or just maybe a harder time to go through. When entering one of those points in my life, I needed to find something to do that I simply loved and enjoyed without even thinking. That is when I stumbled upon making candles! When first making candles, I had friends and family wondering if they would be able to have one as well. When that occurred, I started to realize the love I really had for making candles and how I wanted to share them with others. With that, I began to make candles for homes of all kinds. I have multiple scents and color options so I can offer a variety of styles. Along with fulfilling that, I wanted to make sure my product was sustainable to care for the environment. Read more>>

Kayla Cooper

I decided to start my brand because I wanted something that I could call my own. I graduated with my Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing, but due to COVID-19, there weren’t many job opportunities available in my field. Though I am employed, it’s not necessarily what I had my heart set on. Essentially, I am receiving a 2-for-1 by building a brand I believe in and honing marketing skills. This way, I can stay true to myself and learn as I go. I didn’t want to wait for something to happen, so I made it happen. I hate feeling unproductive, so I gave myself a project, not realizing it would turn into a full-fledged business. Read more>>

Rachel Delphonse

Baking had honestly been something I only did for the holidays, I grew up very familiar with the kitchen so my sisters and I would come up with a menu and I always found myself on prep duty or desserts. In 2009 all my dreams of becoming “anything I wanted to be” didn’t look as promising as it once did, so my mom convinced me to attend nursing school. From day one, I knew in my heart. This wasn’t for me. I’ll never forget sitting in the hospital cafeteria with my classmates discussing our plans for the upcoming Thanksgiving weekend and I asked for suggestions on what I should make for dessert. The girls threw out a handful of ideas. Then someone said, “You should try Red Velvet Cheesecake.” I never heard of this combination in my life, but I decided to give it a try. Read more>>

A’Rion Scales

My name is A’Rion Scales. I’m 27 years old and I am from Pompano Beach in Broward County, FL. As long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to be a business owner since being a little girl; both of my parents are self-sufficient entrepreneurs. They’re real hustlers. I went to college for business and stopped for a while to get my associate’s degree in dental to help pay my way through school eventually, I dropped out of college all together but my desire to own my own businesses never left me. Read more>>

Tameka Thompson

I have been doing hair since I was 11 years old. My mom was not very good at it, so I had to figure it and get it done. I obtained my Cosmetology license in 2000. I have worked in a number of salons, from Super Cuts, Hair Cuttery, Loretta’s Hair Salon, to Divine Touch. I then went into business with my cousin and we opened a shop together about two years ago. I now do hair mainly on the weekends due to having a main 9-5. I had to decide to do both my own business and work at someone else’s place of business because I have four kids and I am the sole provider. Read more>>

James Griggs

It started when I was in high school and was being forced by my mom to either go to the military or go to college, but one day when I was skipping school, a homeless man spoke to me and asked do I was to give my entire life up for college or the military and be unhappy, or follow your passion as a photographer and a model. That completely changed my entire outlook on what I was doing and it pushed me to take my work seriously. I still feel as though I’m not anywhere near where I want to be. But I can say my mom helped me by being my biggest hater and biggest motivator, seeing her get it out the mud showed me anything is possible. Also not having any support at all when it comes to my work showed me as well. Read more>>

Kambrea Thompson

I took it step by step into starting my business. I looked into what exactly I wanted to do and what I would need to start it. I got to where I am today with the help of my mom and her ideas also doing lots of research and watching a lot of YouTube videos. Constantly looking into ways to add to the business. Read more>>

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