Creative Jewelry by Bridgeja' LLC Receives Help From SCORE Mentor
It was an emergency trip to the orthodontist that brought Bridgeja’ Baker face-to-face with her future passion; she had stumbled upon a bead store next door to the doctor’s office that offered classes in creating handmade jewelry. 10-year old Bridgeja’ immediately signed up and soon began selling her custom creations online, at festivals and events and for custom orders including wedding parties. She started her business, Creative Jewelry by Bridgeja’, to create one-of-a-kind, show-stopping pieces using sterling silver, gold, gemstones, pearls, and Swarovski crystals.
Bridgeja' Baker attends a roundtable discussion with 2011 SCORE Small Business Senate Champion, Mary Landrieu
At Bridgeja’s first show she earned over $1,100 selling her jewelry creations. It was at that moment that she dedicated herself to turning her hobby into a full-fledged business venture. Now 14 years old and with nearly 35 beading classes under her belt, Bridgeja’ has created a viable business garnering several awards honoring her innovative work as an entrepreneur as well as her dedication to philanthropy. A portion of the proceeds from her business is donated to community organizations each year including the SPCA, Children’s Hospital and Unity of Greater New Orleans. Creative Jewelry by Bridgeja’ even received a letter from Michelle Obama saying she may be considered to design jewelry for the First Lady in the future.
SCORE mentor Veronica Johnson corresponded via email with Bridgeja' giving valuable guidance regarding unique marketing techniques and inexpensive promotion ideas to boost her brand. Johnson also recommended several community organizations and programs that Bridgeja' should use to her maximum benefit.
Through SCORE's email mentoring program, Bridgeja' was paired with a seasoned business expert that helped propel her venture to new heights.