As 2020 comes to an end, we begin to reflect on all this year has brought. With a global pandemic, a presidential election and much more, 2020 has been a pivotal year in the world’s history. This has been a make it or break it year for many people all over the world.
That being said, people have been able to successfully grow their businesses, sustain and scale them, and are currently doing great things, even during this pandemic.
If you are looking to start a business during these uncertain times, here are some entrepreneurs who will certainly define what the next year holds. This year, VIP Media Group put together a list of what they consider to be some of the top entrepreneurs to watch in 2021. So who are they?
– Grant Cardone Instagram: @grantcardone
Grant Cardone is the bestselling author of The 10X Rule and has been buying real estate for over 30 years. Over those three decades, he has bought over two billion dollars worth of real estate in eight states. Grant currently manages 7,068 units with his private equity firm Cardone Capital. He is such a good real estate investor because of his extreme discipline, specific formulas, and good instinct to know when to exit the property. Throughout his career, Grant has been giving small investors a chance to start small and go big.
– Tai Lopez Instagram: @tailopez
Tai Lopez is an investor, partner, and advisor to almost two-dozen multi-million-dollar businesses. Through his popular book club and podcasts, The Tai Lopez Show, Tai shares advice on how to achieve health, wealth, love, and happiness with over 1.4 million people in 40 countries. The Tai Lopez Show gets around 800,000 downloads per month. In addition, Tai also owns the largest book shipping club in the world, Mentor Box, and was voted the Number 1 Social Media Influencer by Entrepreneur Magazine.
– Mandy Antoniacci
Meet the girl who lifts us up! Mandy Antoniacci is an award-winning Writer, Founder, and a globally sought-after voice of optimism. After two unexpected spinal surgeries in one year, Mandy leaned into her writing and the power of words to help her heal. From an isolated recovery bed, she started sharing what she wrote on her social feeds, and as a result, built a global fan base reaching over half a million people weekly.Amidst the 2020 corona-virus pandemic, Mandy launched The Daily Uplift—a writing project leveraging her poetically crafted insights to help address its global mental health toll. Within the first few hours of its launch, The Daily Uplift received over 200 submissions from five countries. It has since reached 37 countries and has been translated into several languages. Mandy is launching her first-ever retail line—under the brand name, The Daily Uplift in 2021. Mandy’s viral writings and personal story of resilience and reinvention have been featured in Forbes, Inc, and TED. It is the subject of her debut book, Uplifted, scheduled for publication in 2021.
– Faris Wright Instagram: @farisMADEwright
Faris Wright is a successful entrepreneur, author and real estate investor. Best known for having started his real estate investing journey with next to nothing by using creative strategies. Faris grew up not knowing many people that owned their homes or property, but always knew that owning real estate is a pivotal way to invest money. After attending a real estate networking event, he learned that he didn’t need a lot of money to start investing. This realization led him to join the world of wholesale real estate. Now Faris is the founder of Neighborly Offer, a highly successful 6-figure wholesale real estate company dedicated to putting home sellers first and finding solutions to get them cash needed fast. In addition to his company, Faris is sharing his expertise with everyday people through his online courses, ebooks, and live webinars to equip them with knowledge needed to successfully start wholesaling real estate. In 2021 Faris plans on growing neighborhoodhustle.com with his digital consulting products to reach more people and inspire others to join the wholesale real estate industry.
– Adam Jablin
Adam Jablin is a highly sought-after performance and life coach, Recovery Mentor, corporate consultant, and keynote speaker. Adam has helped thousands of people over the years experience a joy of living even while under pressure or difficulty. His unique positive energy, compassion, and gift to relate to others has influenced people from all walks of life, including leaders in the fields of health, psychology, entertainment, sports, business, and politics as well as helping everyday folks fighting fears, alcoholism and addictions to unleash their hidden Superman. His knowledge from helping to build, run, and sell a multimillion-dollar corporation is invaluable. Equally important is Adam’s sobriety and his experiences as an enthusiastic advocate of recovery. Adam is also the creator of the Hero Project – a high level coaching program where you become the hero of your own life. He also offers a free online program called the HERO 7. In 2021 Adam plans on helping more people break free from their additions and past to improve their quality of life.
– Shane SantaCroce Instagram: @shanesantacroce
Shane SantaCroce is a successful serial entrepreneur, who has always had an ambitious spirit and knew he wanted to be his own boss from a young age. For over 15 years, Shane has consulted multiple million dollar companies in many different industries. Some of his successes include being named innovator of the year, growing a trucking company from $14,000 in monthly revenue to over 700K monthly within 12 months, building 5 multi-million dollar law firms, being a life coach to hundreds of individuals, and much more. While COVID-19 has not been an easy time for most businesses, Shane has found many new opportunities to grow his network, businesses and help others during this pandemic. With so many people losing loved ones, jobs, and their purpose in life, Shane is taking it upon himself to help. It’s only through each of these experiences that Shane saw 8 specific pillars that when taken into account, guaranteed his success. After 100’s of testimonials and case studies, Shane created his “Make it Happen,” system which allows anyone to duplicate his success. The ”Make it Happen” system shows individuals how to install these 8 pillars in their own daily life to change their mindset, create attainable goals, generate healthy habits and manifest a new successful lifestyle.
– Ashton Henry Instagram: @ashtonmhenry
Ashton Henry is a successful entrepreneur who owns multiple businesses and focuses on providing financial services for many people all across America. Ever since he moved to the United States from the island of Grenada, he realized the power of credit and the importance of financial literacy. Through his businesses, Ashton looks to help others by offering multiple services, from tax preparation to financial education. He is determined to empower others to take control of their lives starting with their finances.In 2021 Ashton plans on helping more people get their credit in good standing to help them get houses and vehicles.
– Jon Boles Instagram: @JonBoles
Jon Boles is a successful serial entrepreneur with over 11 years of building and growing brands and was recently named ‘Top Entrepreneur and Visionary’ by Entrepreneur.com. He’s been building brands for him and his clients far before the term ‘Entrepreneur’ ever became cool. He knew that the 9-5 lifestyle wasn’t for him even earlier on as a child.Jon started his entrepreneurial journey at the young age of 21 when he started his first company in the hospitality industry where he generated millions of dollars annually for his clients. Through his experience, he quickly learned how to build and scale brands from the inside out. This led him into launching 8 other businesses of his own and personally working with over 300 businesses over the past 10 years. Through his latest company, Avintiv Media, he’s had the privilege of working with clients such as Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Maserati. His journey has been far from sunshine and rainbows. There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes of an entrepreneur that most will never see. COVID-19 was an unexpected test to see how businesses were able to pivot and adapt. One of Boles’ greatest accomplishments in 2020 was not only staying in business during COVID-19 but actually hiring more employees and growing his business dramatically while others were closing down. His agency, Avintiv Media, also saw great success with how they pivoted their clients’ businesses and grew each of them during the pandemic. Although they saw growth during COVID-19, they were still presented with numerous challenges. One being that business owners reached out for help not knowing what they wanted. They wanted help but were so fearful of the unknown that they kept going in circles without making up their minds. The pandemic put fear in their eyes and paralyzed their decision making. This made it tough working with new clients as they were uncertain of what they wanted to do.That didn’t let that stop them though; Avintiv Media is ending 2020 strong. In 2021 Boles plans on having 25 full-time employees, being one of the best work cultures in the agency space, and launching new services that will provide powerful ROI’s for their clients.
– Paul Getter
Paul Getter is a self-proclaimed digital marketing nerd, and it’s safe to say that the title fits him perfectly. He is one of the entrepreneurs that overcame a lot of challenges growing up to prove that he could build a good life for himself. Paul ventured into the marketing world after losing his job and without any prior knowledge on the subject. His dedication and passion are what drove him to learn digital marketing, and within a few years, he has become one of the most reputable entrepreneurs in the industry. His level of expertise in digital marketing and his passion for helping others is what makes Paul Getter one of the top 20 entrepreneurs to look out for in 2021. He has built a strong network with most people still seeking his assistance with digital marketing. He has already helped many people take their businesses to the next level. Paul still spends millions of dollars on his clients yearly, and he isn’t showing signs of slowing down.
– Mikiah Azarcon
Mikiah Azarcon is a young successful entrepreneur and he is not letting anything stop him from success. At only 22 years old, Mikiah is the founder and CEO of GO-GETTER Co. – an e-commerce lifestyle brand based in Beverly Hills, California, that sells unique modern wallets. Mikiah built GO-GETTER Co. by himself from the ground up in his dorm room at Pepperdine University, handling every aspect of the company from product design, branding, digital marketing, finance, and content creation. In just 3 months from launching, his company generated over $100k in sales and has gone global, selling the GO Wallet in +50 different countries. We asked Mikiah how he would like to be remembered and his answer was simple, “Someone who relentlessly gave it his all. ”One of Mikiah’s biggest drives is ultimately achieving what he calls the 5 freedoms of life: time freedom, location freedom, financial freedom, social freedom, and health freedom. He mentions, “I want to be able to do what I want, whenever I want, wherever I want, with those that I love, in the best possible shape mentally and physically, and never have to worry about the price tag – something I think is only truly attainable through entrepreneurship and being your own boss.” Some of his greatest success includes his Kickstarter campaign where he generated $85k in sales in the first month of launch, being featured on multiple huge publications such as Business Insider, and inspiring many of his peers to go after their dreams. In 2021 Mikiah plans on scaling GO-GETTER Co. to a million dollar company, building a team to help take the company to the next level, and collaborating with many highly influential people and brands.
– Kavian Dave Instagram: @StayingUncomfortable
Kaivan Dave is an Entrepreneur who is passionate about eCommerce, Branding, and Leadership. As a student of life and an individual with a growth-mindset lifestyle, Kaivan started the Staying Uncomfortable podcast with his co-host Gaurav Chawla to help people find direction in life by helping them step outside their comfort zone. Guests like Ron “Boss” Everline, Professor Murphy, Dr. John DeMartini, and many more have been featured on the podcast, talking about their “uncomfortable” growth journey. Kaivan and Gaurav are on a mission to inspire people that anyone can change their life at any point. All you have to do is to believe in yourself and take small actionable steps that are outside your comfort zone. For more information, check out the Staying Uncomfortable website.
Alejandro Carmona is a successful serial entrepreneur. He owns a real estate investment company, and Tequila Corcel, a spirits distribution company. Throughout his life, Alejandro’s father always motivated him to join the world of real estate to provide a better life for himself and for generations to come. In addition to that he started Tequila Corcel to discover a traditional Mexican drink to share it around the world. One of his greatest successes is having real estate investments that generate him passive income. In 2021 Alejandro plans on hiring some new members to his team, and he is working on an alcohol project with Gran Ponche Mexicano (GPM), and plans on expanding tequila Corcel to the United States.
-Klaleh Jassie Parker
Klaleh Jassie Parker is a highly successful entrepreneur and is making a name for herself. She is the founder of High Maintenance Boutique in Hampton, VA. After experiencing incredible success she later opened 5 more locations, some in Virginia and Florida. She later went on to join the multi level marketing (MLM) business and became the fastest ranking national director in the company. Her motivation behind starting her own business was freedom and job security. She had been laid off a few times, was wrongfully terminated, and she had enough. She knew in order to live the life she truly deserves she needs to become her own boss. Some of her greatest accomplishments include becoming the highest paid and only African American woman to be promoted to In-house Manager within the company, ranking as a national director in just 6 weeks, and much more. In 2021 Klaleh plans on reaching and helping as many people as she can make extra money from home.
– Pascal Bachmann
Pascal Bachmann is a former pro-athlete turned serial entrepreneur. Over the last 25 years, this Swiss native has built 7 businesses which have a combined net worth of over $20 million dollars. His road to success was not an easy one, after going through a $15 million dollar bankruptcy while trying to support his family, he hit rock bottom. He channeled his frustration and worry into the empire he has built today. Along the way, he realized that this bankruptcy that almost destroyed him became a gift in disguise. He is using his story to inspire other entrepreneurs and business owners, that even if you’re going through a hard time, you don’t have to be stuck there. In 2021, with his passion to inspire and empower doers to find their own way and live a healthy life with success, gratitude, and joy, Pascal is on a mission to impact a million lives all over the world.
– Seth Kniep Instagram: @sethkniep
Living the death-by-paycheck cycle, tired of his corporate job and $24,000 in debt, Seth Kniep walked the streets with a single dime, dead set on doubling it 20 times into over $100,000, to create freedom for him and his family. Today, Seth’s team manages over 100 million in annual revenue for name brands and silent investors on the Amazon platform. The co-founder of Just One Dime, Seth and his team have trained over 10,000 entrepreneurs in over 150 countries, 27 of whom are multi-millionaires today. Seth’s team grows the Amazon store for one of the sharks from the Shark Tank TV show, runs a sourcing team in China and multiple fulfillment centers across the US, and was requested by two countries to train their top businesses. Headquartered in Austin, TX, Seth is raising an army of investors and entrepreneurs who leverage innovation, capital, and vision to help the human race for future generations. To learn more about Seth and stay up to date with what he’s doing check out his Instagram and Just One Dime.
– Tim Dodd
Tim Dodd is a successful entrepreneur with over 10 years of entrepreneurial experience and the founder of PEMA. PEMA is a lead generation company that will actually warm your leads up for you as well as provide sales support to your entire organization. PEMA is the number one agency for getting warm leads and dream clients. Tim’s success was not overnight, he has been coming up and executing many businesses throughout his life, from a car detailing company, a piercing company in his teenage years, and more. One of his greatest accomplishments is landing over 240 clients in the first 18 months of PEMA. The success of PEMA also led him to develop 7Touch warmup Lead Warmup system, which is a revolutionary system that will pre-warm all of your leads so they are “Ready-To-Buy” before your call. With Covid-19, Tim shifted his Miami-Based company to 100% remote, even ending his office’s lease. The greatest challenge he faced was maintaining company culture while moving the company remote. Culture is central to the company’s success so Tim made it his mission to come up with creative ways to establish solid culture even in a 100% remote environment. In 2021 Tim plans on continuing to develop his company’s culture, recruiting and training A-Players, all while building important partnerships with top software companies to better his 7Touch warmup and sales automations.
– Martin Velasco Ormeño
Martin Velasco Ormeño is a successful entrepreneur, trained engineer, and an expert digital marketer. His story is very unique and inspiring. While working as an intern, he was asked to fill in an empty spot while someone was absent from work. He quickly saw changes that needed to be made, after some research he was able to help the company he worked for generate $4.2 million in sales using the marketing techniques he learned from his own research. He found a passion for digital marketing and decided to start his own business Coproyecta. Coproyecta is a digital marketing platform for real estate projects under construction that provides funnels for companies to reach their target audiences. One of his great accomplishments includes having his company named as the best StartUp in all the universities of Peru. In 2021, Martin plans on continuing with his expansion plan with projects already scheduled in 5 different countries. In addition to that Martin is planning creating a real estate portal where people can upload their properties for free.
– A. Donahue Baker
Donahue Baker, CPA is a successful entrepreneur, author, influencer, and national speaker. There is no doubt that A. Donahue has made a name for himself in a number of industries. From being a former Grammy-nominated producer to owning over 500 residential and commercial units of real estate, A. Donahue is the co-founder of Money Avenue, LLC, which is one of the fastest-growing fintech startups in the country (ranked 199 out of the top 5000 firms). Money Avenue, LLC is able to get businesses the full arsenal of wealth management tools to increase wealth, from real estate & business loans, bank accounts, Insurance, to lines of credit that are not linked to a personal credit profile. In addition to helping businesses get access to capital, Donahue’s passion has always been his family and helping others to build generational wealth and he has done just that. Now, he is a professor at Morehouse College in Atlanta, where he teaches entrepreneurship and wealth-building strategies to young adults. A. Donahue specializes in teaching people how to spot, analyze, and fund value-add apartment deals to build wealth. In 2021, A. Donahue wants to keep on expanding his businesses, writing and publishing a book, and making a film documentary to get his story and vision out there.
– Michael Ashabi Instagram: @mikeashabi
Michael Ashabi is a serial entrepreneur and a top level life and business coach that works with a variety of entrepreneurs, business owners, and start ups to help them build strategies for sustainability and scaling. His company, True Life Ventures, focuses on making clients increase business growth by 40% month after month, and as a result, allow them to achieve financial freedom. Michael is a very results driven person and aspires to keep helping clients around the world to succeed.
– Maria Brown
A serial entrepreneur, investor, and business consultant, Maria Brown is the definition of hard work and determination. CEO of Brown Consulting, Maria Brown has used her life’s biggest challenges and struggles as a force to inspire others to accomplish their dreams. An avid traveler and lover of life, Maria looks forward to continuing to run her multiple successful businesses and inspire others to do the same in 2021 and beyond.
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