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I’m pleased and privileged to have here with me a deliciously creative entrepreneur who took what could’ve been a really rough situation and turned it into a thriving business.
Here’s Angela to tell us more!
First, tell us a little about yourself?
I am the mom of a 14-year-old son who tests me as much as he loves me, a dog who thinks I’m God’s gift to the world and a cat who knows he owns me. I live in Northern California near Sacramento and mourn the state of the 49ers after last year’s Super-Bowl appearance. My Masters is in Organizational Leadership, and I work in the access technology arena by day, but I am best known for my homemade beef jerky.
What type of business or Nonprofit do you own or work for?
I make and sell top-quality homemade beef jerky. I have three flavors, which are as follows:
Teriyaki, sweet and smoky,
Dad’s Bragging Rights, with a moderate pepper kick,
And Ragin’ Cajun, spicy and bold.
What brought you into this type of work?
When I was a kid, my dad and I were both beef jerky nuts. At one point we decided we could save a great deal of money making our own, so we did, and shared it with friends. They were greatly impressed and encouraged us to sell it. We dismissed the idea until 2012, when I was going through a hard time financially. With the NFB convention right around the corner, a dear friend offered to loan me the money for meet and ingredients if I would sell jerky at convention. I took him up on it, and so began Angela’s Awesome Homemade Jerky.
What is your favorite part of the work that you do?
I enjoy interacting with customers and hearing how much they enjoy my jerky. I am particularly amused by the funny stories about the jerky’s demise. Customers agree that Angela’s Awesome Jerky isn’t safe around parents, spouses, children, or pets.
What is the least favorite part of the work that you do?
I must be honest, I’m not crazy about the clean-up. It is constant, it is tedious, and it has to be done with great diligence and attention to detail. But attention to the clean-up builds trust in my product, so I suppose it isn’t so bad.
What are your personal strengths and how do they assist you in the work you do?
My dad would have told you I have the ‘gift of gabs.’ I enjoy talking to people about my product, engaging with them, making them remember me whether they buy jerky or not. If you’re going to sell a product, especially in such a competitive market as beef jerky, you got to have the “gift of gabs.”
What are your personal weaknesses and how do they hinder you in your work?
I’m hopelessly disorganized. My spice cupboard looks like a tornado went through it. I spend way too much time looking for ingredients, and sometimes too much money buying ingredients only to find I already have them. My saving grace? It takes a long time for spice to go bad.
How are you working to improve them so you can lessen their hindrance to your work?
Becoming more organized is a simple matter of translating thought into action. I know exactly how the spices in my life should be organized, I just need to stop procrastinating and do it. Maybe I need someone to hide the coffee until its done, that will motivate me!
What is your dream for the future?
My dream is that you will one day be able to stroll down the isle of your favorite grocery store and grab a pack of Angela’s Awesome Jerky, although then it will be known by another name, Gliding Eagle Jerky. My goal is to go commercial. I have a business plan and am in the process of raising the start-up funds.
How does that relate to your work?
As I grow my customer base, I am getting my name out there. When I do go commercial, the bigger my customer base is the better chance the commercial venture has of being a success.
What is your preferred way of communicating?
If you email me, I’ll likely respond with in the hour. If you call me, I’ll get back to you in the next 24. Either way is good with me.
How can someone get in touch with you if they should wish to buy from or work with you in some way?
If you have questions, want to order some awesome jerky, or want to work with me in some way, give me a call at 530-813-2911, or drop me an email at email@example.com
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