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Q&A with Jennifer Dan Sharma
1 How many years have you been in business?
The Jenny’s brand has been in business for thirty years and going strong.
2 What has been your biggest success?
The establishment of Jenny’s Wok in San Fernando since 1987 has pave the way for greater success.
3 Have you ever failed at any endeavor?
No, however within the thirty years we faced many challenges and stumbling blocks.
4 What makes you decide whether you want to enter a new venture?
I entered into new ventures to adjust in an economic downturn and competitive market.
5 Best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
The greatest advice ever learned was received from my father, “You don’t build a business, you build people and people build the business.”
6 Have you ever felt like you could lose it all?
Life is unpredictable, anything can happen, if it does, once you’re alive and healthy, you can do it all over again.
7 What drives you?
I enjoy what I do, it’s fulfilling to see people enjoy my work and th feeling of making a difference to my country’s growth and development.|
8 When did you recognise that you’d “made it”?
When my ex-husband Sharma Basdeo and I purchased the historical building in 1996, now known as Jenny’s on the Boulevard. That took us into different phases of business such as purchasing real estate property. From there on I opened my charitable organisation The Just Give Foundation.
9 What do most people think about you that may or may not be true?
Many doubted after my divorce as a woman I could not have made it on my own where, I went on to greater achievements, winning 2016’s Woman of the Year by Ernst & Young and Chamber of Commerce award. I also opened another restaurant in Arima called Castros. Also, becoming bigger and better in the restaurant industry and as a result capturing the title of winning Restaurant Week 2017.
10 What do you believe are the key factors to succeed in business?
The determination to keep my business prospering by being creative, exploring new avenues, being ahead of your competitors, taking risks, those long hours of hard work and idolising other business role models.
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