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 An outdated website.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 Founders
Bianca van der Meulen
Co-founder, Chief Strategy Officer, 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, CEO, Head of Design
Mara began her work as a designer soon after graduating with a BFA from NYU — first for her own work as a singer. Through designing her own website, CDs, and posters, she realized how much she loved telling visual stories and presenting information creatively. She became certified in the Adobe Suite at the Computer Academy in Hong Kong and completed branding & marketing courses at the Wharton Business School. Since then, she has worked with clients ranging from solo entrepreneurs looking to start their own brands, to an international publication with over 4 million followers.