We had the good fortune of connecting with Jean Donnay and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jean, we’d love to hear about a book that’s had an impact on you.
The E-Myth.l was a book that opened my eyes to just how much I did not know about running a business. The book talks about how to think about your business as a business and not a job. You want your business to be able to work without you there so that you can focus on growing it.
The book really has me sit down and analyze my business structure, systems, as well as to see what type of person I am with regards to running a business. I highly suggest the book to everyone.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
The Nature Shield Company started from very personal origins. The Co-Founders, myself and Onika, had suffered from a lifestyle that relied on processed products. When we both faced illnesses, we realized only organic healing methods could put us on the path to good health.
That’s why we decided to expose more people to the idea of only using products that are natural, of quality, and organic. Building on personal experience, our products are a labour of love for our customers.
All of our products are made using organic, USDA-approved ingredients. While many shea butter products on the market are purely unrefined — making it challenging to work with — our products are mixed with organic, unrefined, cold-pressed oils for a smooth application and a pleasant fragrance.
Currently I am most excited about the fact that our business can compete with similar companies in the same industry who have been in operation longer than we have been. Our speed and efficiency is something I am proud of.
We have only been in operation for 10 months from the time of this interview and we have been able to move so fast. Everyone, of all races and genders Love our products. It’s amazing to see how well a large diverse pool of people are recording our product.
I’m really excited to see how far we will be in a couple of years from now!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
You want me to be honest, I am so focused on the business that I’m not even checking out new spots or going out really. Since this is a start-up business our main goal is to survive. I don’t have the luxury of entertaining anything that is not making my business thrive. So to answer your question I don’t know.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
The creator and source is always deserving of a shoutout; without whom nothing would exist. I also appreciate my business partner Onika Andrade for her help in the creation of this business. I would also like to thank Patrick BET-David. He has a YouTube channel called Valuetainment where he covers everything entrepreneurship. His channel gave me practical information on how to run a successful business.
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