Stylist To Go

Stylist To Go

Company Name: Stylist To Go
Industry: Beauty
Year Founded: 2006
Location: Novel Coworking Old Town, Alexandria

Tell the story of how your business was founded.

“I decided I was tired of seeing mediocre bridal hair and makeup services after working at a top salon in Tyson’s Corner, and started servicing brides in the local area at a very affordable rate, on-site! This was unheard of, and many brides loved the convenience. After booking many weddings, I decided to add likeminded professionals to my team, which is when the company saw much growth. As one of the top bridal and event styling companies in the area, Stylist To Go is constantly evolving to cater to the needs of its clients.”

Why did you choose to move into Novel Coworking’s Alexandria office space?

“After working out of my small apartment for a few months, I quickly saw my company growing in the new service we offered, which was lash extensions. I noticed the preference was to have a set location for this service, when my initial thought was that clients would prefer a mobile lash company. While we still offer mobile lash services, I’ve seen more growth when having a modern, easily accessible location to work from.”

When did you first feel successful?

“I first felt successful when I was able to quit my full time salon job, and quickly balance out my schedule with existing mobile clients, and earn just as much, if not more than previously earned while at the salon.”

What has been the greatest reward in starting a business?

“As a mother of three small kiddos, having my own schedule, and complete control over my schedule was essential. Spending more time with my kids while growing my business at the same time has been very rewarding. Wouldn’t change it for the world!”

What has been the key to your company’s success?

“Taking action when a client voices a concern or inconvenience. Listening to those that choose you out of the hundreds of other vendors is essential in building loyalty and gaining positive reviews from a client’s satisfaction in being heard, even if things didn’t go so well for him/ her the first time around. Always bettering your company is the right path toward success.”

IntelligenceBank

IntelligenceBank

Company Name: IntelligenceBank
Industry: Business Process Management
Year Founded: 2009
Location: Novel Coworking Gaslamp, San Diego

How is your business innovating and providing something new?

“IntelligenceBank is an award-winning SaaS platform that helps teams better manage their business processes online. From a single platform, uniquely IntelligenceBank offers four niche products:  Digital Asset Management for marketing departments, Board Portals for corporate secretaries, Risk and Compliance Platforms for risk managers and Knowledge Management for teams who want an easy way to share and manage information and ultimately reduce operational risk.

Some of our clients include Texas Department of Health and Ageing, Hertz, Two Roads, Carlsberg,  KFC and Baptist Health.”

Why did you choose to move into Novel Coworking’s downtown San Diego offices?

We chose Novel Coworking due to the great environment, friendly helpful staff, facilities and of course the rooftop garden has been a big plus to host client meetings.”

When did you first feel successful?

Success is a funny concept in the world of startups as there are key moments of success at each stage of the journey. The first ‘success’ milestone was achieving ‘product market fit’ – that is – creating a suite of products, that have high demand for millions of customers. Since that’s been achieved, for IntelligenceBank, it’s all about growth. IntelligenceBank was originally founded in Australia 8 years ago, and 3 years ago, we launched in the US to meet market demand. Since being in the US, our business has literally exploded, now with half of our client base coming from North America.”

What has been the greatest reward in starting a business?

The biggest reward is not only monetary – but the satisfaction of creating something that’s never existed before and of course, building a team of great people.”

What has been the key to your company’s success?

They key to IntelligenceBank’s success has been based on three things: Persistence, 6 Star Customer Service and attracting great people to the business.”

InGen Technologies, Inc.

InGen Technologies, Inc.

Company Name: InGen Technologies, Inc.
Industry: Software & Technology
Year Founded: 1983
Location: Novel Coworking Circle Tower, Indianapolis

Tell the story of how your business was founded.

Almost 35 years ago, the founder at age 26 realized he was not suited for the cultures of large organizations. Through his zeal and the encouragement of colleagues, the company was founded. Consistent attention to relationships and the delivery of great value to clients has enabled the company to withstand the test of time.”


What does the future look like for your company?

“There is a strong tech buzz in the Indianapolis market that is driving opportunity for companies and their teams. The world of software continues to expand while educational institutions strain to deliver needed talent to fulfill the needs of the industry. The business outlook is favorable for our growth as we seek talented people with an eye for creativity and a commitment to craftsmanship.”

Why did you choose to move into Novel Coworking’s Indianapolis office space?

“The primary reason was the awesome view of downtown’s Monument Circle and to be in proximity to Salesforce and other emerging downtown tech companies. The space has a clean and modern feel with an awesome kitchen & amenities!”

What advice would you give someone who wants to start a business?

“Seek many counselors of various ages and backgrounds. Seek out groups of business leaders with a heart and authenticity to share their failures in addition to their successes. Become a student of business through books, periodicals, research, meetups and conferences. Learn from others and listen well.”

How does your team manage working remotely?

“We leverage numerous online tools for chat, project management and videoconferencing. We conduct regular meetings with clients and team members that plan, deliver and measure results on a weekly basis. We have a “high touch” and “high clarity” culture with frequent communication.”

Taylor Solution Group

Taylor Solution Group

Company Name: Taylor Solution Group
Industry: Human Capital Management
Year Founded: 2015
Location: Novel Coworking Theater District, Houston

Tell the story of how your business was founded.

We grew frustrated with how one of the biggest payroll providers treated their clients.”

How is your business innovating and providing something new?

“We combine HRIS (Human Resources Information Systems) Payroll, ACA compliance and Group Health Insurance, all integrated on one platform for our clients.”

What does the future look like for your company?

“We have unlimited potential to disrupt an industry that is used to telling clients what they need instead of providing what they want!”

Why did you choose to move into Novel Coworking’s downtown Houston office space?

“Location, Location and Location. There are so many potential clients within a minute walk in any direction!”

What do you like most about working for your company?

“The ability to actually do what we say and not over promise and underdeliver.”

When did you first feel successful?

“I do not; it’s a journey that really has no destination, maybe a lifestyle but no real destination.”

Ayush Herbs, Inc.

Ayush Herbs, Inc.

Company Name: Ayush Herbs, Inc.
Industry: Dietary and Herbal Supplements and Raw Materials
Year Founded: 1988
Location:  Novel Coworking Groover-Stewart Building, Jacksonville

Tell the story of how your business was founded.

Ayush Herbs, Inc is a family business which was founded by my father and his three brothers. They saw a need and opportunity for high quality and effective Ayurvedic and Herbal products and decided to begin carving a market in the US. We wanted to be unique so we created a vertically integrated approach to our operations in which we control a “seed to shelf,” ensuring quality and transparency in all aspects of the supply chain.”

What do you like most about working for your company?

“I love the fact that every single day we are able to positively impact people’s health through the products we sell and the education we provide. That is the greatest ROI of all.”

What has been the key to your company’s success?

“Never ever sacrificing on quality in our products.”

When did you first feel successful?

“The moment people started sharing with us how much our products had positively impacted their lives and how thankful they are for what we do and how we do it.”

What does the future look like for your company?

“Future looks very bright as we are in an industry which continues to grow, innovate, gain awareness and rapidly change and through hard work and dedication, we have established ourselves as a leading player in our respective niche.”

Code Platoon

Code Platoon

Company Name: Code Platoon
Industry: Coding Boot Camp
Year Founded: 2014
Location: Novel Coworking The Loop, Chicago

How is your business innovating and providing something new?

“Code Platoon is a nonprofit organization that trains veterans to become professional software developers. We offer a best-in-class training program, and give our veterans $10,000+ scholarships to go through our 14 immersive programs. We also partner with tech-enabled companies to offer paid scholarships to our students upon graduation. This model is unique.”

What does the future look like for your company?

“We plan to slowly increase class sizes, and offer remote attendance.”

When did you first feel successful?

“When we graduated our first class of eight veterans. They were all beginners when they started our program, and now all of them work as professional software developers.”

What has been the greatest reward in starting a business?

“Taking an idea, and creating a real business.”

Why did you choose to move into Novel Coworking’s Loop coworking space?

“Best value we could find in a professional coworking space.”