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Meet Trailblazer Jessica Jade Thornton

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jessica Jade Thornton.

Jessica Jade, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
aJUICYevent was started out of my passion for over the top events and parties. From the age of ten years old, I have been very invested in planning events in my life and finding ways to be different and over the top. My 13th birthday was a production, to say the least, practically entirely planned by me minus the financials handled by my lovely parents.

Over the years, event planning was something I couldn’t get away from. With the surge in celebratory occasions, after graduating from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, I officially started aJUICYevent. I absolutely love what I do!

In the event planning industry, there are so many levels and styles which leave endless possibilities for growth and expansion. Currently, I am working on the expansion and growing my team. I am very thankful that I get to plan and design amazing events and see how elated people are at their events.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The road to creating and running a business is by no means easy. A struggle I wasn’t necessarily expecting was being able to gain a good client. And by good clientele, I mean clients that understand your worth. Of course, in the beginning, you will have to give your service to some degree to gain experience but overall knowing your value and not wavering from that.

I would tell any young woman wanting to establish their own business to definitely go for it! It will not be easy but you will not feel satisfied in life unless you go for all your dreams. And why wait? Go for it now and learn and grow. There have been countless times over the past two years plus that people have questioned, oh, you are 22/23 and this is your business. I proudly say yes! I have worked and continue daily to work countless hours on bettering my business. If your reading this and you needed that one person to say go for it… I’m telling you to GO. Go forward in any dream, idea, business or whatever it is and keep to it. There will be good and bad days but keep at it!

We’d love to hear more about AJUICYEVENT.
aJUICYevent is an event planning and design company out of the greater Chicagoland area. We plan and design all types of occasions. We have a broad range of services to fit every client’s needs for all sorts of events. From weddings and retirement parties to sweet 16s and baby showers we can turn your ordinary idea into an extraordinary event experience and memory.

For our full-service clients, I like to say “we take the stress out of planning.” We take on every detail so you can sit back and relax.

I am proud of the versatility of our business We do not do just one type of event or decor options. There are endless options to create event magic.

We are always looking to take things to the next step and do more and extra.

Do you feel like there was something about the experiences you had growing up that played an outsized role in setting you up for success later in life?
Growing up, I had an entrepreneurial spirit which leads me to do tons of fun creative things as a kid to be my own boss. From selling pop and waters to golfers in my community on the golf course at the age of nine to school fundraisers all through elementary, I have loved to art if business and creating a business. In high school, I won a district-wide competition in entrepreneurship for my online business “Glamour Girls.” Although, “Glamour Girls” did not last as I went own to college at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, ILL – lol, my passion for business evolved as I realized how I wanted to connect my likes, goals, and desires. I thank my parents for allowing me to be creative and involved in events that were for me growing up. And I thank my grandfather for teaching me about business and my late papa for always investing latest idea. I’m so thankful for the supportive people in my life both past and future. These influences have helped me to continue to grow in my craft.

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IG: @ajuicyevent

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