After several years in the corporate world and "surviving" company-wide layoff after layoff, Jennifer Sharman realized that she didn't like the feeling of letting someone else control her future. Jenn was determined to be a successful businesswoman. “A lot of my friends say they would be too nervous to start their own companies, but I saw it very differently. I was too nervous not to!”
Jenn faced many obstacles along the way. But with the right perspective, she saw the obstacles as challenges – and overcoming the challenges has made the end result that much sweeter.
The first business Jenn started after graduating from college was a successful salon in Reston. She ran the salon with her twin sister for several years until her sister decided to step down as owner to focus on her growing family. They sold the salon, but Jenn was not yet ready to give up her dream of running a successful business that provided a valuable service to the community. With two little ones at home, Jenn was certain the concept of Sport Bounce would be well received. Thankfully, the community has graciously agreed!
Describe yourself in three words:
Independent, Funny, Happy
What do you consider your greatest professional achievement?
Creating two successful businesses in a world where a significant number of new businesses fail.
What are your professional goals for the next six months?
My husband and I are currently exploring franchising options for Sport Bounce and we are also developing another company called Scribehead (www.scribehead.com).
How does your company stay connected through social media? (please provide links!)
LinkedIn, Constant Contact, Facebook, and Twitter.
What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
As mentioned above, my husband and I are also busy working on a new company called Scribehead. Right now, we're just beginning to find resources and opportunities. In the meantime, he's busy improving the concept every day. How do you maintain a work/life balance?
I hire the best people in the world to help take care of our day-to-day operations! The team at Sport Bounce is an amazing group of people. When I'm not physically there, I am very confident that our customers are being very well taken care of. Because we are a busy place, it can get crazy sometimes. Laughter helps and my team and I really try to keep it light and fun. Afterall, how can a kids' party place not be FUN?! :-) I'm glad that my daughters see me working hard and having fun at the same time. I hope I am setting a good example for them.
What websites do you visit every day?
I love staying "in the know" with Facebook. I also love visiting fitness-centered sites that provide motivation and education for staying healthy and active.
What is your favorite drink – and where can you find it in Northern Virginia?
I'm not a big alcohol drinker, so I'm going to have to say Starbucks chai tea latte. If they had almond milk, I'd be there every day!
What are your top 3 favorite people/places/things in Northern Virginia?
My daughters and my husband. They inspire me every day.
What is your goal for retirement?
To stay physically active and independent while helping those who cannot be.
Do you have any advice for women who would like to start their own company?
Seek advice and information from business owners who have succeeded in your field... but follow your own heart and trust your own instincts. Create a business much like the place YOU would enjoy going to and surround yourself with people who make your life better and happier.
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