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Business Entrepreneurial Stewardship Training

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Testimonials: Success Stories 

Success Stories

These are just a few examples of BEST Graduates who are creative leaders and had a vision to do something extraordinary. They all tapped into the thing they were passionate about, had knowledge and experience to reinvent themselves with a transferable skill-set. They have all demonstrated their ingenuity, determination and commitment to succeed.

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Juan Wong of J&E Gourmet Foods, Inc. stops by Simply Wholesome to service his brand of Nature's Cravings Vegan Cookies. Visit to learn more about how to enjoy Nature's Cravings.

Michele Hahn, JD, MFT, of Talk To Michele; is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, appears on KABC Radio "In Your Right Mind" to discuss Toxic Relationships. Select link to listen...

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SaVerne Smith of Nails By SaVerne says, "Caring for feet are my passion." SaVerne has produced a line of unique boutique foot care products labeled "Spirit-Filled Body Care."

Tawanna Wells, is a trained Chef from Le Cordon Bleu in Pasadena, California who   grew up in the South watching her mother and auntie cook "Comfort Foods"Chef Tawanna has a BA in Business Management & Organization and Occupational Degree from Le Cordon Bleu. Tawanna founded T's Tasty Treats and is also a HomeCook for DishDivvy at

Nicole Michelle Richardson is a Hampton University Graduate; Certified by the Gemological Institute of America as a CAD Jewelry Designer. Nicole founded Exclusive Jewelry Collection by Nikki Michelle which provides hand-crafted custom jewelry. "Nikki"  has designed custom jewelry for many film and television celebrities; who include: Sigourney Weaver, Nicolette Sheridan, Kiki Haynes, Loretta Devine, and Miss Nigeria- Genevieve Nnaji and Tamera Mowry. To view the beautiful collection, visit the website at:

Wayne Craig left the medical services industry and started a new business: Silverline Motorcoach Tours and provides special weekend and holiday travel excursions throughout California, Nevada and Arizona.

Richard Clewett transferred his engineering skills from the aerospace industry; with a passion for Porsches and auto racing and started Clewett Engineering specializing in Porsche Ignition Systems for over sixteen years. Richard has designed and manufacturers specialty items for ignition and high-performance engines.

David Gordon transitioned from the Aerospace Industry; had passion for wine and was a connoisseur; and established the Arizona Wine Company in 1995 in Scottsdale, Arizona. The AZ Wine Company quickly became the Number Five Independent Wine Retailer in the State of Arizona within 5 months of operation. After years of success, David later sold the AZ Wine Company in pursuit of other ventures.

SaVerne Smith, in 2002 opened her own salon,  Nails By SaVerne; is called "L.A.'s Best Pedicurist" by L.A. Weekly Magazine and counted in the "Top Two Nail Salons in Our Weekly Newspaper's "Best of Los Angeles. 2007" Issue. SaVerne has provided services to:  Jada Pinkett-Smith, Elise Neal, Darryl Hannah, India.Aire, Macy Gray, Tipper Gore and Ann Hathaway. Clients include: Sony Studios Fashion Week, Academy Awards, NAACP Awards, MTV Film Awards, Staples Center and Four Seasons Hotel Beverly Hills.

Aaron Flournoy of Lil Bill's Mobile Bicycle Service & Sales provides onsite bike repair and on-call services for college students and bicyclists in the Los Angeles Community.

Michelle Von Kannon and her sister opened the The Monogram Shoppe in Redondo Beach and have celebrated fourteen years as an establishment.

Lori Smith left the film animation industry and transferred her technical skills into a new business:, to assist families who must lead a gluten-free lifestyle. Lori has written a book about menus and recipes and has developed an app for shoppers.

Shea O'Neal left the banking industry and began a new business: Accounting Therapy  serving clients with financial management systems needs for fifteen years.

James T. Kubeck started a business as James T. Kubeck Certified Home Inspections in 1999 and has celebrated fifteen years of successful operation.

Mary Luzuriaga transitioned from the Medical Support Services Industry and started the firm, Financial Management; and has served physicians and professionals in accounts receivable management successfully for over seventeen years. .

Matt Rock started Affordable Lock and Security and has become one of the leading locksmiths serving Los Angeles and the South Bay for over twenty years.

Deborah Bellis started Reflections Publishing House to provide publishing services, writer's workshops and technical assistance for new and aspiring authors.

Rene Rawls is an award-winning screenwriter who absolutely loves creating content geared towards children, young adults and families. 

Rene is also the creator of the Sule Series, which she initially conceived as a picture book and then adapted into an animated screenplay.  This script went on to become the recipient of the 1st annual Mandela Day/Tribeca All Access Award and was ultimately produced as the animated short film entitled Sule and the Case of the Tiny Sparks.