Meet the youngest Black woman to ever own a McDonald’s Franchise
Jade Ashley Colin,a 30 years old of New Orleans made history in 2018 by being the first Black woman and the youngest person of color to own a McDonald’s franchise.
She began her career while still in college by working the night shift at a nearby McDonald’s. After years of receiving promotions and awards, she eventually became a manager.
She made the decision to own her very own franchise. Jade has always been a free-spirited individual ever since she can remember.
She also had her enterprising parents as role models, who bought their first McDonald’s franchise in 2010.
After graduating from the University of Louisiana in 2012 with a degree in business management, Jade decided to apply for the Next Generation program for children of McDonald’s owners.
After finishing that intensive two-year training program, she became a manager of her parent’s franchise… and immediately began planning to open a franchise of her own.
During an interview, Jade told one reporter, “Take the risk and know that it will be a lot of hard work.”
“Network and have a core team of genuine mentors. You need people who are in your corner that will positively motivate you.
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I say ‘genuine’ because not everyone will have your best interest at heart,” she added.
She also firmly believes in helping others, and she gives back to her community whenever she can.
She even mentors her employees to finish high school and pursue entrepreneurship.
Jade concluded, “As an African American community, we need more men and women to know that it’s not just about right now, but it’s about the generations to come.”