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About Me

 

 

Creative Jewelry by Bridgeja'  

Set of 3 Bend-A-Bangles

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Yes I can....be whatever I strive to be. I am a 16 year old entrepreneur and owner of Creative Jewelry by Bridgeja', LLC.  I started my business when I was eleven years old.

Here's my story. I was fortunate enough to have braces installed so I would have a million dollar smile in the future! Wouldn't you know ten days after I had my braces installed I was eating my mom's delicious barbeque turkey necks and a wire popped off my braces! My mom called Dr. Brown's office (the orthodontist that installed my braces) in Metairie, to schedule an appointment, but his office was closed in Metairie. However, his Mandeville office was open. I was in so much pain I could not wait until his Metairie office opened. My mom asked my dad to take me to Dr. Brown's office in Mandeville. My dad noticed a bead shop (which was next to Dr. Brown's office called Diva Beads). My dad asked me if I wanted to look around in the bead shop. I said yes. I was amazed to see so many different types of beads, gemstones, crystals, pearls, etc. The store owner indicated that I could take classes to learn how to make jewelry.  I took 25-30 beading classes to learn how to perfect my jewelry making talent.  I had my first jewelry show on 11/01/08 where I earned $1,107.00. It was at that moment I knew I wanted to start my own business and the rest is history!!!!!!

                                            Media Coverage/Accolades

2014    

The Network Journal (Jan. 15, 2014) Teenpreneur’s Custom Jewelry Line now on QVC

2013    

Bend-A-Bangles on sale on QVC.com (Dec. 6, 2013)

Nola Nights Magazine Nov 2013 New Orleans Talented Kids)

Small Business Administration Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Small Business Showcase TV Show            

2012    

SCORE Outstanding Minority-Owned Small Business Award sponsored by AT&T

My information was published in a book called “The Diva Guide to Style and Self Respect It’s your pocketbook to success! (Authors Cheryl A. Wadlington and Sonya Beard).

Eyes Wide Opening The Tony Brown Show

Artie Award from Delta Sigma Theta Sorority

WBOK Radio Interview (Aug.)

Louisiana Weekly Newspaper Article: Local “Teenpreneur” scores national recognition

Fellowship Journal “Bridgeja’ Baker: Presidential Jewelry Designer”

New Orleans Unplugged.com Success by Design: A Young Business Phenom’s Foundation of Excellence

TheStreet: Teenager a Gem in Minority-Owned Small Business Sector

Victims & Citizens Against Crime Merit Award

Data News Weekly Local Women Named Outstanding Minority-Owned Small Business

I participated in the Senate Committee roundtable discussion entitled “Closing the Wealth Gap through the African American Entrepreneurial Ecosystem”. I was recognized as being “the youngest witness in the Senate Small Business Committee’s history according to Senator Mary Landrieu.

2011

Eyes Wide Opening the Tony Brown Radio Show

Tribune Newspaper: A Real Gem

Black Enterprise Small Business Teenpreneur Award Nominee

The BOSS Network: Featured Young BOSS: Creative Jewelry by Bridgeja’

Isidore Newman School Newsletter: Bridgeja’ 15: Young Entrepreneur

Certified as a Minority Owned Small Business (Women’s Business Enterprise National Council)

Art in the Yard

Black Pages: Thirteen-Year Old 9th Grader Makes Her Mark in the Jewelry Business

2010

Los Angeles Sentinel (Dec. 31-Jan. 2010) Bridgeja’ Baker A “Gem” Who Decides to Make Gemstones

Asante Award Honoree (Nov. 13, 2010)

Girls Going Places Entrepreneurship Award Program Finalist (Aug, 10, 2010)

Interviewed by Sabrina Wilson on Fox 8 TV station (Essence Fest July 2010)

The Network of Business Women (April 2, 2010) 

Data News Weekly (May 29-June 4, 2010) Doing great things at a young age

The Proclamation from the City of New Orleans (February 25, 2010)

Pre-Teen America Scholarship & Recognition Program Semi-Finalist (June 11, 2010)

Scholastic News (Feb, 1, 2010)

Cox Cable TV interview (Jan 26, 2010)

2009

The Green Business Report Volume XX (Dec. 9, 2009)

City Business (Innovator of the Year Honoree September 28th & Oct. 4th 2009)

The Times Picayune Sept. 10, 2009 Community News Section)

The SPCA Newsletter (Sept. 17, 2009)

The Gambit (June 30, 2009)

The Eastern New Orleans Newsletter (June 29, 2009 & Oct. 5, 2009)

The Louisiana Weekly (June 8-June 14, 2009 front page) Business savvy creative youth

Nola.com

The Times Picayune (May 28, 2009 Community News Section)

Speaking Engagement for the Healthy Start Program (June 15, 2009)

I received an acknowledgement letter for the jewelry design I submitted to Mrs. Michelle Obama for consideration as her jewelry designer.

I am committed to support organizations that I believe in. I have donated a percentage of my earnings to the following organizations: The New Orleans Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Children's Hospital, Unity of Greater New Orleans and Mother's Helpers. I have also donated speciality items to the following organizations to help with their fundraising efforts: The Louisiana Breast Cancer Task Force, The Hume Child Development & The A.P. Tureaud Chapter of the Black Law Student Association.

My future goal is to become a pharmacist and owner of a drug store. In addition to having my jewelry sold nationwide.