ABOUT THE PRODUCT: We are offering 25% off at our Mall of America location. This is big because we don’t offer discounts and there will be MOA exclusive designs you can only get in store. We will also be offering “necklace bundles” where they can get three necklaces for the price of two
BLACK FRIDAY DEAL: In- person there will be clear signage and deals. Online the items will be marked already with the discount.
CYBER MONDAY DEAL: Check online at mendjewelry.com
ABOUT THE FOUNDER:
Our work has meaning.
We cater every detail of MEND Jewelry to elevate and empower women to embrace circumstances and strive forward - while feeling beautiful. We are creating something bigger than ourselves, we are building a team of women who hand-select and craft jewelry to connect with other women no matter their stage of life. We are fully funded as of 2017 and fully driven.
Why do you think it’s important for a platform like MAIA to exist?
A big part of MEND is supporting and collaborating with other women. That is why I was so drawn to MAIA. I find the tool useful for researching potential vendors and partnerships.
The way female driven businesses thrive and grow is by buying their product or paying for their services. When I work with a woman vendor or contractor, I never gawk at their pricing. I ask questions, understand it and make sure they are not undervaluing their work.
What is a good article or book you have read recently? Why is it good?
Currently reading “A Code of an Extraordinary Mind” (click to check it out). I read a lot of business and self-help books…I can’t help myself. I love a good pep talk from people who are wildly successful. This book is transformative because it questions if the rules you are following actually your own? Or are you a product of your childhood, society etc? It’s an eye opener.
What sacrifices have you had to make to be a successful entrepreneur?
I LOVE THIS QUESTION. I get this one a lot. As an entrepreneur, the biggest sacrifice I made was wasting time in jobs that put me in a box and placed a ceiling over my head.
I think when you work for yourself, the phrase “you’ll never work a day in your life” is a farce. I work all the time. But I give a shit. And nothing will happen unless I make it happen. I find balance as needed, but I work VERY hard.
Was it difficult get capital/investors? Has anyone underestimated you as a female entrepreneur? If yes, how did you handle it?
I received funding through a connection in my network. I met my business partner for coffee after she saw my necklace on a client of hers. When we met for coffee, within in 15 minutes she was trying to make an offer for a partnership. I was like.....”um…WHAT?” A month later I quit my day job and entered 2018 with the title CEO next to my name.
Now, it was not an easy process. Terror and excitement engulfed every moment. Make sure your values align with your business partners and have a contract reviewed by an attorney.
Being underestimated is my fuel. I like to beat the odds and rise above those who doubted me.
Who is the one super successful person you look up to? Why them? Can you share their quote/ideology that inspires you the most?
My business partner. She’s a certified B.A. She’s a self-made entrepreneur who blazed the trail in her industry for women. I aspire to be at her level of success and kindness one day.
She always says “stay steady.”