Trade Street Jam Co.
What inspired the creation of Trade Street Jam Co.?
I’ve always loved cooking and have a knack for making condiments, jams specifically. One night, a really inspiring conversation with a close friend motivated me to want to start the company. I began writing down flavors, and I knew right away I’d call the company Trade Street Jam Co., based off of the apartment on Trade Street where this all came into fruition. It wasn’t until years later in Brooklyn that I actually made it a reality.
What led you to pursue entrepreneurship?
I’ve always been uber creative, and always saw myself doing more than just the proverbial 9 to 5. After spending years slaving away in the food industry, where you work nights, weekends and holidays, I realized that if I was going to work hard, I’d at least want to be able to call the shots.
How would you describe your work ethic?
I grew up in a single parent household, and my mother is the hardest working person I know. She worked her ass off for me as I was growing up, and we have celebrated the fruits of her labor by traveling the world and enjoying the finer things in life when we can. I’ll work hard until the day I die in order to make it all up to her. Although, I don’t think I ever could!
What keeps you going when juggling life and business presents various challenges?
My husband, my mother and my faith.
What is the best business advice you have ever received?
Think 10x. If you aren’t thinking now how you can 10x your business, you aren’t ready to be an entrepreneur.
What advice would you offer to aspiring entrepreneurs?
Learn everything that you possibly can. Read, talk to people in the business. Learn the business. You’ll never get it all, and you’ll make plenty of mistakes, but when you’ve put in the work and research, the mistakes will get smaller and smaller along the way. Also, find something that you believe in, something that can keep you strong when challenges present themselves. Because, this shit ain’t easy!