Best friends Mara and Bianca were tired.
They kept seeing their entrepreneur clients and many business owners in their Harlem neighborhood struggle with the same problems: Unclear branding. Fuzzy goals. Ineffective strategies. An outdated website. No website at all.
As a graphic designer and writer, Mara and Bianca were tired of getting hired to do work that wasn't addressing the deeper needs of their clients. In 2015, they hatched a plan to come together and build a business that could provide more comprehensive, effective support for small business owners.
Since 2015, Sunbird Creative has carved its own market niche and added photographers, videographers, and a social media manager to the team. Mara and Bianca look forward to expanding their agency to address even more of the needs of solopreneurs and women business owners.
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Meet the team
Bianca van der Meulen
Co-founder, CEO, Writer
Books and business: they have a lot in common. Bianca stumbled into entrepreneurship after graduating summa cum laude from NYU with a literature degree. During 4+ years as a freelance writer, she learned from her own small business clients that she was, in fact, a small business owner. Why not embrace it? So she took her talent for strategic thinking, married it to her skill as a wordsmith, and launched Sunbird Creative with her favorite graphic designer. She spends her days blissfully shaping strategies and sentences. Fun fact: Bianca is also a painter, poet, and certified Customer Value Optimization Specialist.
Co-founder, creative director
Mara began her design career soon after graduating with a BFA from NYU. She completed graphic design certification at The Computer Academy in Hong Kong as well as branding and marketing courses through The Wharton School. Through designing her own website, CDs, and branded collateral as a singer-songwriter, Mara realized how much she loved telling visual stories and presenting information creatively, first for herself and then for others. Over the past four years, she has worked with clients ranging from solo entrepreneurs looking to start their own small businesses to venture-backed startups with millions of dollars in revenue.
Alicia was Sunbird's first intern—and we couldn't let her go! Alicia studies marketing and music at Baruch College. She's a Staten Island native, poet, and music lover. (She's seen over 100 bands live.) Alicia is also the proud owner of a fat cat named Jack Jack. To talk content marketing or upcoming concerts, hit Alicia up at email@example.com.
After a successful 10-year career in education, Sarah left England to journey to a new life in Harlem. Now she uses her rigorous organizational skills to keep the Sunbirds and our clients on track. Sarah is always on the lookout for a good cup of English tea. To discuss project management or tea recommendations, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Samson is a teaching artist at Bubbler and mentor at Allies Mentoring, an agency he founded. Developing and sharing creative skills is very important to the entrepreneurial youth worker. When he isn't guiding young men and women or honing his design skills, Samson is out biking or at home experimenting with audio production.