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Check Out Jessica Poole’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jessica Poole.

Hi Jessica, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today.
For as long as I can remember, I have been a pretty creative person and an extremely chatty person if I am being honest.

I had been working on my own small business Hey Sugar, a pop-up boutique. My boutique journey initially began with me making jewelry and t-shirts then morphed into more of a boutique as I began organizing events and focusing on social media.

I was actually at a pop-up when I met Victor, the owner of the Alamo Ranch Food Truck Park. We began talking about my business and he asked if I had ever participated in pop-up events or markets with several vendors.

Long story short, I met him at the food truck park a few days later to discuss organizing a vendor market there. In our conversation, we started talking about social media and events which then led to me becoming the Social Media and Events Manager.

Three months later, it has grown into a Park Manager role. We have worked together really well on hosting events and adding more food trucks to the park which has helped tremendously in getting the park’s name out there.

I am also currently working with a few other local businesses on organizing and hosting events. I am extremely grateful to the local small business community who has opened their doors to me and has allowed me to work with them.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Like most small business ventures there have been a few struggles along the way.

It has not always been easy to figure out the actual business part of it like numbers, I am definitely not a numbers person. Legal aspects of the business can be stressful, and a ton of research is needed.

A big one for me which I tend to still struggle with is time management between my work and personal life. I am an always-on-the-go kind of person and sometimes you need to be kind to yourself and take a break whether it is mentally or physically.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I am currently as you know a manager, a popup boutique owner, and what I would like to call an event curator. I am actually most proud of just putting myself out there.

Throughout my life, I have loved the thought of owning my own business, of having the creative freedom to organize events and I feel that I am finally living that moment.

I have met so many people through my pop-up boutique and most people know me for my cute jewelry or sarcastic t-shirts but lately, I feel like the events I have been “curating” are what I have been getting the recognition for.

Networking and finding a mentor can have such a positive impact on one’s life and career. Any advice?
Networking is definitely essential. Social media, especially Instagram has been my biggest aid throughout this journey.

As far as finding a mentor, a mentor does not always have to be so official. The tips and advice I have received from surrounding myself with fellow small business owners, managers, event coordinators, and creatives, in general, have been the best. I see them as my mentors.

If you believe in yourself or your brand you can’t be afraid to take that leap, you just have to put yourself out there and meet people.

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