Jade Colin, 28, became the youngest Black woman to own a McDonald’s franchise in 2016, reports The Black Professional. The New Orleans native was introduced to franchise ownership when her parents bought their first McDonald’s eight years ago. In 2012, Colin graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a degree in business management.
She began to work in the restaurants learning policies and procedures. The businesswoman later joined the company’s Next Generation program, designed as a preparatory program for the children of McDonald’s franchise owners.
During the first year of the program, Colin received the Outstanding Restaurant Manager of the Year Award for her region. The following year, she was honored with the Ray Kroc Award, which recognizes the top 1 percent of restaurant managers in the country.
After completing courses at Hamburger University, which trains students in restaurant-management skills, Colin, then 26, opened her franchise “My business is truly a blessing. It was never something I would have ever thought I would be doing,” she said.
Colin advises people to take risks and be prepared for the hard work that comes with being an owner: “Take the risk and know that it will be a lot of hard work.
Pray about it. God sends everyone on a different journey in life.
As you build your relationship with Him he will help lead and guide you in the right direction.”The franchise owner credits her parents, who now own six McDonald’s restaurants, as her biggest inspiration. She is also aware of how vital mentorship has been for her budding career.
“Network and have a core team of genuine mentors. You need people who are in your corner that will positively motivate you. I say genuine because not everyone will have your best interest at heart.”Colin is still the youngest franchise owner two years after opening her location.
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WildL23 – It’s easy to get on a soapbox and preach to people work hard and don’t give up when they’re born at the bottom of Mount Everest and you’re born 2 inches from the top of said mountain.
Hanaway Gal – Based on the information I’ve received regarding this story, I extend congratulations on your familial success! Would that many others had an opportunity awaiting them in the wings.
I say this because the truth of the matter is that most who work hard are not rewarded, and the few who are rewarded do not always work hard. Again, thank you. And though I’m certain that there is a huge contingent of dissatisfied readers, there’re so many others who are feeling greatly uplifted. Why? Because they are feeling your success vicariously. I can just hear them saying, “You go, girl!”
BiggBrotha – Didnt her parents given her the money to open her own McDonald’s? I heard her family own several McDonald’s and they’re pretty rich. This isl
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