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Jenny McMillan, the President of JennyGems, discusses how she overcame trade war and pandemic challenges

First State Insights Founder's Story with Jenny McMillan

​Jenny McMillan, the President of JennyGems,​ shares her path to entrepreneurship and the challenges she's tackled since launching the business.​

On this episode of First State Insights, Jenny McMillan, the President of JennyGems, speaks with Troy Mix, Associate Director at the University of Delaware's Institute for Public Administration, about her path to entrepreneurship and the challenges she's tackled since launching the business.

JennyGems is a Delaware-based business focused on designing, making, and selling original wooden signs and other home décor items. Before officially launching in 2015, Jenny and her husband Dave began the business as a part-time hobby selling antiques and collectibles to supplement their income. This June 2, 2022 conversation focuses on Jenny's transition to full-time entrepreneurship and how the JennyGems team confronted trade war and pandemic challenges by moving forward as a manufacturer of their own products and realizing strong growth in the process.

This episode is presented as part of the Delaware Founders' Stories series—a collection of conversations with underestimated entrepreneurs focused on documenting entrepreneurial journeys, recounting successes and failures, and reflecting on lessons learned for moving beyond the obstacles along the way.

Opening and closing music: "I Dunno" by Grapes, used under Creative Commons 3.0 License.​

Tune to First State Insights for information, perspectives, and analysis—"IPA"—on public policy, management, and community and economic development in Delaware. In the coming weeks, expect interviews across multiple sectors from business people, brewers, and entrepreneurs to urban planners, environmentalists, educators, and caregivers.

Listen to First State Insights

Visit IPA's SoundCloud page to see a full list of episodes, or search for "First State Insights" to listen wherever you get your podcasts.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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