About Jade Colin
Jade Colin has made history and great strides as an entrepreneur, becoming the youngest African-American woman ever to own a McDonald’s franchise at age 26. A native of New Orleans, Jade uses her education, experience and faith to encourage others and to give back to her community. In her own words, Jade shares some of what has led to her incredible success.
“To become anything great in life you have to reach for the sky, even if you only grab a star. In everything I do, I strive for excellence. After graduating from University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a degree in business management, I entered a training program and started spending countless hours working as a restaurant manager, learning everything about the business from top to bottom, from the policies and procedures to how to provide great customer service. Every morning, I would analyze ways to increase sales and transactions and how to improve the brand’s reputation. Fortunately, I was also blessed to have a great team behind me. I pushed them to always do their best, and they pushed me to do the same. That still holds true today.
My schedule can get very hectic very quickly, but my faith is what keeps me going. From early on, I was taught that God will never leave you nor forsake you, even when things do not go as you plan. I often remind myself that He has already written my story. My job is to trust and follow His lead. When challenges arise, I face them head on, and I pray and ask God for guidance. As an entrepreneur, the challenges come daily. Being the boss means you’re the leader of the team and everyone looks to you to see how you will face adversity. It’s important to me to be a good example. To be successful you have to know that challenges come with the territory.
I’ve also found it’s important to have fun, stop and smell the roses and recharge. Spending time with family and friends, traveling and being active in my community are essential.
I hope to serve as an inspiration for anyone interested in starting their own business. It takes hard work, sacrifice and determination, but it is possible- at any age.”