What does it mean to inspire others? Every month I curate a group of people making waves using both the right and left sides of their brains. Check out these incredible creative entrepreneurs to watch in 2016.


1. Tina Roth Eisenberg is the creative genius behind swissmiss. She also founded and runs Tattly,CreativeMornings, TeuxDeux and her Brooklyn based co-working space Friends. She’s basically my hero.

2. Paul Jarvis teaches creatives and freelancers how to make their businesses work on their own terms. He also made $300,000 with the launch of Creative Class.

3. Bri Emery is an art director and the Los Angeles-based founder and editor of Design Love Fest, a lifestyle blog with an eye for design in style, DIY, food, travel, entertaining and more.

4. Alexandra Franzen has been a professional writer for 10 years and her core belief is that your “life purpose” is not complicated. Your mission is to leave everything — apartments, national parks, people’s hearts — in better condition than you found them. We definitely agree.

5. Nesha Woolery designs brands & websites for passionate creatives who want to stand out online and start attracting their dream clients.

6. Kelly Mindell from Studio DIY is here to help you celebrate each and every moment, the DIY way! She makes the BEST contemporary costumes and has impeccable personal style.

7. Ciera Holzenthal thrives on exploring my creative spirit. She is also a fellow co-founder of VenturePOP, the conference for creative entrepreneurs in New Orleans.

8. Melyssa is the founder of The Nectar Collective, the go-to hub for creatives who want to improve their lives, their blogs, and their budding businesses.

9. Steph Halligan of Art to Self offers daily art and inspiration in your inbox. She’s a big part of the reason I started drawing again in 2015.

10. Regina Anaejionu is a sidekick to infopreneurs (freelancers, coaches, teachers). Anyone who wants to profit from their knowledge + passions in a purposeful and authentic way. Her long-form content is on point and she’s truly an inspiration.

11. Puno Dostres is the visionary behind ilovecreatives. Every Wednesday they send out ads made by creatives for creatives. She is also the founder of map, the best way to visually document your adventures. She makes me want to move to California.

12. Nathan Chan created Foundr Magazine to delve deeper into the world of a successful entrepreneur, showing their processes, failures, obstacles and challenges. I’m a subscriber to the magazine and absolutely love it!

13. Tara Gentile works with entrepreneurs to design their personal Quiet Power Strategy. She combines intense focus with uncompromising vision and strategy and teach others to do the same.

14. Adam J Kurtz is a designer, artist, and author based in New York. He creates honest, accessible work that usually references the internet. He’s also pretty effing hilarious.

15. Fine artist and illustrator Lisa Congdon is best known for her colorful abstract paintings, intricate line drawings, pattern design & hand lettering.

16. Katalina Mayorga of El Camino Travel offers curated travel experiences, where you’re paired with your own photographer. #travelwin

17. Alex Mathers is an illustrator and writer, that helps creative freelancers promote themselves, win clients and run their businesses better this his blog Red Lemon Club.

18. Mallory Whitfield helps artists, entrepreneurs and #BadassCreatives spread the word about their work. (Sometimes I wonder if we’re creative twins! We always have the same ideas.)

19. Alana Wimmer is the creator of Raspberry Magazine, an independent, eco-friendly online mag for creative entrepreneurs.

20. Lauren Hooker is the graphic designer and blogger behind Elle & Company, a business, blogging, and design resource for creative entrepreneurs.

21. Jaclyn Johnson is the creative force behind digital marketing agency No Subject and inspirational conference, Create and Cultivate. Her hustle is an inspiration.

22. Renee Douros is the publisher of Hooray Magazine,  the leading independent party and entertaining magazine.

23. Jeff Sheldon creates high-quality, well-designed goods through his company Ugmonk.

24. Cyndie Spiegel empowers creatives in building sustainable kick-ass thriving businesses and she is a force to be reckoned with. The first time I spoke to her via Skype I felt inspired and overflowing with confidence.

25 and 26. Rogue photographers, Allie and David built a curated email list of free monthly photos that have an elevated visual aesthetic called Death to The Stock Photo.

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