Name of your business.
Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts

Your name and position.
Jennifer Connolly, President

What inspired you to start your business? How did your business get started?
I was a JA achiever in high school and I know how JA changes lives. I joined JA in 1999 in Maine, moving to Western MA in 2003. I am very passionate about bringing JA programs to our young people. I know working at JA I am making a difference.

Tell us a little bit about your business.
JA has been providing programs for students K-12 focusing on financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and career readiness/exploration for almost 100 years. JA is a volunteer-driven program that brings together educators, students and JA Volunteers to help students make the link between what they learn in school and real life.

What is your favorite thing to do in your business?
I love to get more people involved with JA, as volunteers, donors, teachers or students. I know the difference JA can make in a young person’s life and I want to provide that experience for all our youth.

If nothing else, what is the one piece of information you want someone to know about your business?
Junior Achievement works because of the caring people and businesses in our area who volunteer their time in the classrooms and donate their charitable dollars to support JA programs.

What is the one piece of business advice you would like to share?
Business is about relationships: built on trust and nurtured with patience.