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Welcome to the show! The Storytellers Project presents "Entrepreneurship and Hustle" at 4 p.m. PT/ 7 p.m. ET on May 18.

Big businesses and small start-ups. Hustle-culture and burnout. Join USA TODAY for an hour of true, first-person stories celebrating the innovative people behind some of our favorite businesses.

Our storytellers will share their personal stories from their homes, using their devices, and Storytellers Project founder Megan Finnerty, will emcee live!

Gabriella Busch, 60, of Ventura, California
Kitty Hailey of Philadelphia
Skyler Reeves, 40, of Prescott, Arizona
Joseph Gerard KingKohn, 32, of Mesa, Arizona
Sheletta Brundidge, 49, of Cottage Grove, Minnesota
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Gabriella Busch, 60, of Ventura, California | Overcoming Obstacles

What do you want listeners to take away from this story?
Life’s setbacks can be the motivating factors to persevere and to continue striving for good. The work I do today, changes people’s lives, and for that I am forever grateful.

Who or what inspired you to tell this story?
My two daughters and mother are who inspired me. My mother did not live long enough to see her only daughter accomplish the goal of completing law school and prepare my daughters for their futures. Through my story, I hope to continue inspiring my daughters and pay homage to my mother.

Kitty Hailey of Philadelphia | In Hindsight

What do you want listeners to take away from this story?
That we are all human and all make mistakes. It's the ability to laugh at ourselves and deal with every crisis as it arises that sets us apart.

Who or what inspired you to tell this story?
Reality.

Skyler Reeves, 40, of Prescott, Arizona | Pandemic Problems

What do you want listeners to take away from this story?
I hope people are inspired to remember that there is always a solution to the problem in front of you, and it is usual simple, but not easy.

Who or what inspired you to tell this story?
I like to share a story of success during this otherwise tough time, especially for the restaurant business. A lot of restaurants have struggled to make it through all of this but, at the same time, a lot of great ideas and ingenuity have come out of it.

Joseph Gerard KingKohn, 32, of Mesa, Arizona | Art of the Hustle

What do you want listeners to take away from this story?
As a young boy, my parents taught me three very valuable lessons about entrepreneurship and hustle. To this day, I use these lessons.

Who or what inspired you to tell this story?
I’m inspired by the awesomeness of my two best friends' entrepreneurial spirits and my parents’ lifelong hustle.

Sheletta Brundidge, 49, of Cottage Grove, Minnesota | Hustling Your Way to a Happy Life

What do you want listeners to take away from this story?
When people hear the story of how, despite having three kids with autism, I stepped out on faith to build a podcasting empire, I want them to be inspired to tap into their inner “hustler” and work to design a life they love.

Who or what inspired you to tell this story?
During an awards show a couple of years back, Tyler Perry said if you’re tired of fighting for a seat at the table, build your own. His words empowered me to start my own company. I hope my words have the same type of life changing impact on someone.

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