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Jessica Constable, Founder/President
JessLC

 

My business name, Jess LC, comes from my name and initials. But I have to admit, in 1999 the company was originally named Starlette Jewelry. As a 15-year-old living in Rochester, Michigan, I taught myself to make “totally rad” star ankle bracelets at a local pool. While making these beaded ankle bracelets, four women bought them from me on the spot. These unintentional sales changed my professional life forever. Inspired to earn my “fun money” selling jewelry rather than baby-sitting, I soon learned new jewelry techniques and sold my designs to teachers, students, and stores across Michigan. When I graduated high-school, my jewelry was sold in 12 boutiques.

In 2003, I began college at the University of Michigan and studied Business Administration at the Ross School of Business. While struggling through operations management and corporate finance classes, I continued selling jewelry and re-named the business Jess LC. My junior year, I interned in New York City at Macy’s Merchandising Group within Product Development. Though the experience was great, I found myself wanting to make changes to the designs, pricing, hang-tags, even the LOGO. Needless to say, as an intern these changes were beyond my control. So I resolved to take a CEO position after graduation… at Jess LC. When I graduated I was also named “Entrepreneur of the Year.” Which sounds impressive, until you find out that I was the only student with a business, and therefore the only nominee. Ahem.

After graduation in August of 2007, I moved to Chicago and started Jess LC full-time. Setting up shop in a small studio apartment as a one-woman show was challenging (read: really hard). But I had faith and persisted. By the end of 2008 Jess LC was sold in over 100 stores nationwide. At that point I also had a lovely team of interns, part-time help, and awesome sales reps.

In January of 2009, I started a blog called MakeunderMyLife.com. This site soon became the vehicle with which I spread my message of “designing a life with intention.” Because if there is one thing I’ve learned from eleven years of self-employment, it’s that we have the ability, in large part, to create the life we want. If you’re interested in pursuing your purpose, simplifying your life, or just being more intentional, check out MML and see if it resonates with you.


Christine Dyer
Founder, BridalTweet.com & Director, Social Media Marketing for American Express OPEN

 

Christine Dyer is Director of Social Media Marketing for American Express OPEN, the nation's largest credit and charge card issuer for small businesses. In this role, Christine leads a team that is responsible for building relationships with small businesses through social networks, which include Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Christine is also the founder of BridalTweet.com, the new wedding community that connects brides, wedding professionals and wedding bloggers. At BridalTweet, brides can find free wedding advice, planning ideas, giveaways and more. BridalTweet is also the only place that wedding professionals can turn to for free marketing advice. Today, 20,000 people visit the BridalTweet wedding community on a monthly basis. As a testament to her success, WeFollow.com has ranked BridalTweet as the most influential wedding brand on Twitter. Christine holds an B.S. and M.B.A from Fordham University.


Stacy Gutman, Director
OPEN Forum for American Express OPEN

 

Stacey Gutman is Director of OPEN Forum (www.openforum.com) for American Express OPEN, the nation's largest credit and charge card issuer for small businesses. In this role, Stacey leads a team that is responsible for the OPEN Forum platform, an online community designed to help small business owners run and grow their businesses through exclusive articles and video interviews with the world's leading entrepreneurs.

Stacey has been with American Express OPEN for almost ten years, holding positions of increasing responsibility in interactive development, customer acquisition, operations, new product development and partnerships marketing. Stacey holds a B.A. from Amherst College.


Amanda Neville, Founder and Partner
Thinkso

 

An experienced content strategist, social media maven and user experience advocate, Amanda specializes in creating strategic communications, national advertising campaigns and complex websites. She credits her talent for translating jargon into plain English to her early immersion in foreign languages.

Prior to founding Thinkso, Amanda was Head of Operations at Carbone Smolan Agency where she also consulted on a range of projects, including an advertising campaign for Brides.com.

Amanda graduated from Georgetown University with a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and earned her Master’s degree at New York University. She also holds a Juris Doctor degree from the Washington College of Law at American University, where she served as Associate Executive Editor of the International Law Review.

In her spare time, Amanda is an active volunteer and fitness enthusiast. She serves on the board of the READ Foundation, coordinates workshops for budding entrepreneurs through her alumni association, and organizes community service projects for the Thinkso team. She lives in an apartment in Park Slope that has more dogs than humans.


Doris Ng, Co-Owner
GingeRootz Asian Grill

 

Doris Ng is the co-owner of GingeRootz Asian Grille, a full service Asian Restaurant, located in Appleton WI. She opened the business in 2004 and 6 years later, it has become Appleton’s icon for fine Asian Cuisine. The restaurant has won the Fox Cities Golden Fork Award and Best of the Valley for Best Asian Cuisine for the past 3 years. Her personal achievements include, winner of the 2008 Make Mine a Million Dollar Business Award, a finalist in the 2009 Stevie Award for Best Young Entrepreneur and most recently winner of the 2010 Fox Cities Small Business Award.

She credits her success on hiring the right people, implementing good business practice and incorporating social media into her marketing. Her daily involvement in Facebook, Twitter and YouTube has helped expand her customer base, while being able to maintain close contact with her ‘fans’.