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Who Are We

Who We Are

The Side Hustle Honors® brand was founded in 2015 by Dr. Maurya Dominica. She sought to create an intergenerational awards ceremony celebrating those who balance full-time responsibilities such as a “9-5” or school with their entrepreneurial endeavors. The first awards ceremony was held in St. Louis, MO, in 2018 and has grown every year since, giving over 60 awards to St. Louis, Metro East, and Chicago areas. 


In honor of her two grandfathers, one a full-time entrepreneur and the other a side hustler, the Side Hustle Honors® ceremony is held every June before Father’s Day. The Side Hustle Honors® team hopes that one day this awards ceremony will be held nationally and internationally, celebrating all those engaged in entrepreneurship. 


Side Hustle Honors® launched its Side Hustler Jrs. Brand in 2022, which celebrates the achievements of young entrepreneurs under the age of 18.

In 2022, Dr. Maurya Dominica found a need to establish a 501c3 nonprofit, Side Hustler Alliance, to provide training and development workshops to help prepare those who aspire to begin and maintain their side hustle.

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