After homeownership, owning a business is one of the main components of the American Dream.

But what does it take to make that dream a reality?

Everyone has an “idea,” but very few act on it.

In order to bring that dream into a tangible form, it takes a defined vision, a plan of action, and perseverance to bring that plan about.

I was thinking about this today as I published an article on the Kingwood Connection about String Rings.

String Rings are the creation of Tina Mansfield, a mom and local resident who was fed up with the outright mean behavior that is becoming all too common. The rings are sterling silver and come with 10 different colors, each representing a different act of kindness.

The rings are meant to serve as a constant reminder to be kind to others. How cool is that?

There are a lot of other local residents doing amazing things as well. is a local company and is nominated for a Webby award in the Mobile: Mobile Marketplace and Services category. Be sure to vote for them.

Glitz & Glam, owned by Kristen Plaisance, is a hair salon and spa for girls with a unique business format. My girls love it. When they get their hair cut, they get to wear a hot pink plush robe, water or soda in a goblet, and top it off with a mini manicure. It is somewhat similar to Libby Lu in that birthday parties are offered as well, except for the girls don’t come out of the party looking like baby beauty contestant wannabe’s.

Klip Flops is a local business that designs flip flops with interchangeable straps. If you live up north in the snow and sleet, this may not seem like a big deal to you; however, we wear flip flops in Houston year round. Send a set to your favorite college student. They’ll love you for it.

Do you have a great idea for a business but need help with the plan? Contact me and let’s talk!

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