Jackie Mendive: How To Successfully Ride The Emotional Highs & Lows Of Being An Entrepreneur
Be true to your core values and mission and, when possible, make it a point to give back to community.
Being a founder, entrepreneur, or a business owner can have many exciting and thrilling moments. But it is also punctuated with periods of doubt, slump, and anxiety. So how does one successfully and healthily ride the highs and lows of Entrepreneurship? In this series, called “How To Successfully Ride The Emotional Highs & Lows Of Being An Entrepreneur” we are talking to successful entrepreneurs who can share stories from their experience. I had the pleasure of interviewing Jackie Mendive.
An active mother of five, Jackie understands the challenges of feeding a household of active children with busy schedules. Empanadas offer a quick and nutritious way to provide a hearty meal or healthy snack. Jackie’s mission extends beyond keeping New York and Connecticut area families stocked with empanadas, she also works to fight hunger back in her home country of Argentina.
Thank you so much for joining us in this interview series! Before we dive in, our readers would love to “get to know you” a bit better. Can you tell us a bit about your ‘backstory’ and how you got started?
Originally from Argentina I have lived in the US for over 20 years. Making empanadas for my family was a way of keeping my culture alive. I always wished I could order empanadas online because making them is so time consuming. In Nov 2016 I made empanadas for a charity in Argentina that fights infant malnutrition, I sold out and turned my project into a business in 6 weeks.
What was the “Aha Moment” that led to the idea for your current company? Can you share that story with us?
I started selling to close friends and and I sold out in a week. My ‘Aha Moment” was when people I didn’t know started calling to order empanadas.
In your opinion, were you a natural born entrepreneur or did you develop that aptitude later on? Can you explain what you mean?
I have always been very active in the community and enjoy interacting with people. From a young age I enjoyed making…