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Community Highlights: Meet Jaclyn Miramontes of Gia Monae Boutique

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jaclyn Miramontes.

Jaclyn, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
In 2011, I finished my four years commitment to the marine corps. I started going to college and eventually landed a great high-paying job as the lead buyer of an airsoft gun company. But I was stressed to the max. I was dreaming about work on top of being a new mother. I didn’t feel at all fulfilled. In the summer of 2013, I walked into my bosses office without any intention of giving a two weeks notice and I quit to pursue my small business. I had always wanted a fashion business but never really knew anything about running a business or even starting one as a first-generation Mexican-American. But I winged it. The following day after my resignation, I filed for my business name and I never looked back. I started out of my son’s mini walk-in closet selling online and doing flea market events to know occupying an 11,000 sqft warehouse and running multiple businesses out of there. It has been one hell of a ride, many failures but also very many big wins.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I don’t think you can say that about anything in life. Every journey and every path will have obstacles but you have to stay on course to reap the rewards after every hurdle. I struggled a lot with balance as mother and wife. I struggled with imposter syndrome. You know that feeling where you’re doing great but how, how could you possibly be doing that great, anticipating a non-existent crash and burn scenario. Fun stuff. I also put a lot of pressure on myself to do more and have more and open multiple store locations very rapidly. That was a huge mistake because my business was missing a foundation and a structure. I ended up doing everything and being extremely burn out with no personal life.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know?
Gia Monae Boutique is my retail clothing store business which has allowed me the opportunity to branch out into different businesses. I have a YouTube channel where I have an awesome community of boutique bosses and other small business owners whom I teach and inspire through my content. I also have been able to branch out into the wholesale clothing industry because of my initial business. I am most proud of what we represent. We are honest with our customers about our products so that they feel confident in our items and can make informed purchases. We have also made a name for ourselves in the comfort clothing community. We have branded a high waist tummy control compression legging and biker short that has customers coming back repeatedly.

Where we are in life is often partly because of others. Who/what else deserves credit for how your story turned out?
Honestly. My staff. The team. Without the team, I wouldn’t be able to do what I do, nor would we have made it this far. Aside from them. My parents. My mom and dad. My mom is always ready and willing to help despite having a career of her own. I never need to ask. She is always there. My dad, gasp. I was fortunate enough to be able to employ my dad on the very last months of his life. It was the greatest blessing I ever received. He did a lot for me in those few months and that was beautiful.

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