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A Moment with our EDTP Graduate-Vanessa Jenkins

Posted on 11/27/2019 by EDTP Coordinator in LAEDA News

Vanessa Jenkins is the owner and CEO of Sew Perfect by Vanessa, LLC. She is also a graduate of LAEDA’s Entrepreneurial Development Training Program. We had a chance to sit down with Vanessa Jenkins to ask about her experience with entrepreneurship and LAEDA's training program.

(1) LAEDA: Entrepreneurship is a very challenging path to take with many different possible directions. What made you decide to become an entrepreneur?

I chose the path of Entrepreneurship to leave a legacy for my children. There are many businesses available to consumers. I wanted a business that specializes in items for a variety of customers.

(2) LAEDA: Why did you choose your industry?

My industry (sewing) is a dying art. We live in a microwave society, where most people want to have 'it' now. However, when I take fabric and create a personalized work of art, the world smiles! While projects are not often completed in a day, my customers are overjoyed with their finished products. I've been able to couple my love of sewing and embroidery to create a business.

(3) LAEDA: Tell me about your experience while attending EDTP. What have the major takeaways been from the program? Have you had any “Ah-ha!” moments? How did the program help you?

At LAEDA you MUST put in the work! The staff and presenters provided a level of expertise second to none. My "Ah-ha" moment came when I realized that I no longer have a hobby. I HAVE A BUSINESS! With a productive business, there is no bartering. Think about it... when you go to the mall...you either pay the price that is marked or leave the item in the store. I constantly remind myself that I have a business.... not a hobby. LAEDA planted business work ethics. The EDTP taught me how to build a business plan that I can continue to grow as my company grows.

(4) LAEDA: Tell me about your journey on the road to business start-up. What have been some of the challenges, successes, failures, etc.?

The journey on the road to business start-up was made easy with LAEDA. A blueprint was given for us to follow and make it our own. The challenges involved thinking like a businesswomen and the paperwork that comes with having a successful business. Through the years, I have given away my talents so it was a mindset change. The roleplaying and projects that we experienced added to my confidence of being successful!

(5) LAEDA: Could you tell me a little about where your business is today?

Sew Perfect by Vanessa, LLC is online as well as a home business. My revenue has increased along with my customers.

(6) LAEDA: Do you have any advice for future- (or existing) entrepreneurs?

My advice for future or existing entrepreneurs is to put in the work, attend the sessions, and most importantly ask for help. The finished product will be AMAZING!

Congratulations to Vanessa Jenkins for completing EDTP and recommitting to her journey on the path of entrepreneurship. To get in touch with her you can visit her Facebook page at sewperfectbyvanessa, via email at sewperfect206@gmail.com and or give her a call at 302-608-2552.

The Entrepreneurial Development Training Program (EDTP) is a free, nine-week business skills training course offered in Camden, NJ in the Spring and Fall each year. Qualified entrepreneurs receive 72+ hours of training from industry professionals, business planning, and one year of technical assistance. Apply online at www.LAEDA.com.