Jay Fernandez, 10,000 Small Businesses

What do you love best about what you do?

Working with small companies with whom we can make an impact! National studies show that key metrics like revenue growth and employment growth are twice as good for companies who have gone through our program compared to similar companies who haven’t. We’re helping our owner-scholars make changes across their businesses that really help them grow.

What do you like best about being a member of HRCC?
I go to a lot of different chamber events – HRCC’s are a lot of fun AND very well attended. People are intentionally engaged here, and it makes them want to grow. I love doing outreach with and for HRCC because the energy level and engagement are higher than at other chambers.

Any words of advice that you’d like to share with other business people?
You really have to know where you’re going to plan to get there. Have a goal in mind. That’s what we do at the 10,000 Small Businesses program – identifying the growth opportunity and build a plan to get there. Without specific goals, you’re nowhere; that’s a good life lesson as well as business lesson.

Photo: Jay enjoys himself at an HRCC Summer after-hours mixer