Jenny Gutierrez came to the United States in 2012 to create a better life for her daughter, Diana. Originally from Venezuela, Jenny had a frightening experience with kidnapping as a young woman and moved to the United States when she had Diana. “I did not want her to ever go through a similar experience, so I came here,” Jenny said.
In Venezuela, Jenny owned three companies: a graphic design firm, a jewelry store, and an event-planning company. When she came to the States, she had to start all over. Jenny found her first job as a waitress at Havana Rumba, and now five years later Havana Rumba is a client for her graphic design company, JD Creative. “I started as a waitress at Havana Rumba, worked many jobs, and saved money to start my own business eventually,” Jenny said. “Havana Rumba ended up being my first customer as a graphic designer and is still my customer today. While I was working there still as a waitress, I told them that I was a graphic designer, and the owner asked if I could remake his logo.
This was the start of JD Creative. In the beginning, all production took place in her own home. In 2014, Navigate Enterprise Center helped Jenny with a loan in order to buy her first commercial printer. They also provided Jenny with business support and advice and in the past year, Jenny has opened her first storefront on Preston Highway. Jenny is now able to support not only herself and her daughter but also her brother and his 13-year-old son.
In May, JD Creative and Jenny were highlighted on Wave3 News with Shannon Cogan. JD Creative was also highlighted at this year’s Navigate Enterprise Center Showcase during the MOSAIC Awards dinner. To find out more about Navigate Enterprise Center visit navigatecenter.org or call 502-452-6341.
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