Djenaba Johnson-Jones
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RISING TO THE OCCASION

Rising Tide Capital, a nonprofit micro-enterprise development organization in Jersey City, held its sixth annual “Start Something Challenge” finals last week.  The business pitch competition provides aspiring and budding entrepreneurs with annual revenue of $250,000 or less the opportunity to win up to $10,000 in startup or expansion costs.  Read More

 
 
 

FROM RESOLUTION TO REALITY

Food brands that make it tend to share two qualities, according to Hudson Kitchen’s Djenaba Johnson-Jones: a great product and the roll-up-your-sleeves tenacity to stick with it, no matter what.  Beginning January 24, would-be entrepreneurs can take their New Year’s resolutions to the next level during Hudson Kitchen’s new series, Food Business Bootcamp: From Concept to Farmers’ Market in Four Months. Taking a nuts-and-bolts approach to business planning, seven sessions cover everything from marketing to food law.  Read More

 
 

TASTE OF SUCCESS: HOW THREE WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS ARE THRIVING IN VIBRANT JERSEY CITY FOOD SCENE

There are more than a quarter-million multicultural residents living in Jersey City.  Thousands more visit the metropolitan area's bustling restaurant scene each year.  Everyone wants to feed them — and three diverse women entrepreneurs are helping to make that happen.  Djenaba Johnson-Jones, founder and CEO of Hudson Kitchen, runs a culinary incubator out of Jersey City and is preparing to open a commercial kitchen and coworking space for Hudson County and its surrounding areas.  Read More

 
 

12 HUDSON COUNTY WOMEN TO WATCH IN 2017

Every year, the ladies of Hudson County continue to impress us with their ideas, actions, and creativity that change the world and community around us. 2017 is going to be no different. Below, our list of Hudson County women to watch in 2017 — who collectively are QUITE the impressive bunch. From non-profit founders to entrepreneurs to creatives {to all of the above in one shot}, these women are sure to impress you. Read More

 

 
 

DID SOMEONE SAY “EXCITING ENJAY FOOD ENTREPRENEURS”?

Yup, I’m talking to you, Matha Figaro of @But-A-Cake. And you, Alessia Aron, of JerseyGirlsFoodTours.com. You too, Melanie Gong, with your delicious Hi-FiBar bars (“honest, healthy snacks made with natural ingredients”). Then there’s Madhan Machendran of TheSpiceMonger.com; Paolo Viera of Paolo’s Kitchen (“Italian Dinner on the Go”); Adriana Machado of @CholitaPaletas (all-natural ice pops)...Read More

 

 

 

HAPPY ABOUT THE STATE OF CULINARY ENTREPRENEURSHIP
IN NEW JERSEY

There’s one thing I’m feeling super positive about—can you guess what it is? The state of culinary entrepreneurship here in New Jersey: it’s vital, thriving and thrilling … and I got to experience it up front and personal when I appeared recently as a Guest Expert at “Table Talk Live,” hosted by Hudson Kitchen in Jersey City.  Read More 

 
 
 

RISING TIDE HONORS JOY MANGANO, ENTREPRENEURS

Joy Mangano, the self-made millionaire whose life story inspired the 2015 film "Joy," must have felt right at home when she was honored at Rising Tide Capital's annual gala this week.  Mangano, a prominent businesswoman and inventor of the self-wringing Miracle Mop, was recognized alongside the next generation of entrepreneurs Tuesday night during the non-profit organization's fifth annual Start Something Champions Gala in Jersey City. Read More

 
 

SSC FINALISTS: WHAT’S NEW

It’s been three months since The Start Something Challenge Grand Finale, and our finalists, as you might expect, have been busy being awesome. Here’s a quick update about what they have been up to over the last several months.  "I am launching a series of food business workshops in January 2017 that are designed to take the entrepreneur from concept to the farmers market in four months.   I'm also continuing to build community around the Hudson Kitchen brand through our Table Talk Live networking events.  They next event, a holiday-themed celebration, will take place on December 8th in Jersey City." Read More

 

 

START SOMETHING CHALLENGE BOOSTS BUSINESSES THAT BUILD COMMUNITIES BY PROVIDING ACCESS TO RESOURCES

Start Something Challenge boosts businesses that build communities by providing access to resources.  They have different goals, different businesses, different backgrounds. But they share a mission: offering resources to make their communities stronger and healthier.  Both Pamela Roundtree and Djenaba Johnson-Jones were among 10 finalists, chosen from 109 entries, for Rising Tide Capital's fifth-annual Start Something Challenge. Read More

 

 

PERFECTING YOUR PITCH WITH HUDSON KITCHEN FOUNDER
DJENABA JOHNSON-JONES

When Hudson Kitchen founder Djenaba Johnson-Jones had a chance to pitch her new food business in a recent competition, something happened that she didn't expect: she choked. On this episode of the Support is Sexy podcast, Djenaba openly shares what she learned from her first pitch experience, why she's passionate about supporting food entrepreneurs and how to move one step closer to your dream each and every day. Read More