Working Women Wednesday: Jennifer Krysiak & Katie Burns

Working Women Wednesday is a weekly highlight of the hard-working women within the Girl Gang. This week’s feature are the Owners of Give Gifted.

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Give Gifted creates “unique, hand-crafted, personalized gifts with your specific recipient in mind every step of the way.” They can also package purchased gifts to make them beautiful!

Your Local Girl Gang: Tell us about Give Gifted. What is your mission statement? When did you launch your business?

 Jennifer Krysiak & Katie Burns: We started the company in August of 2016. We are entrepreneurs, wives, moms to beautiful girls and creative best friends with a gift-giving vision. We know we are not the only ones who play several roles each day, which is why it's our mission to make the art of gift giving easier for you. Give Gifted's magic is in the details–selecting the perfect ribbons, tissue paper, flowers and bags is what makes our little masterpieces the finishing touch to your big event. No event or occasion is off limits. We understand how much time and energy goes into event planning and sometimes the little details can be forgotten.  Let us take some of the work off of your plate and create unforgettable gifts.

YLGG: When and how did the idea for Give Gifted come to you?

 JK & KB: Give Gifted was born while creating favors for a Mother's Day tea for Katie's non-profit, Forever My Baby You’ll Be. After stepping back and seeing the finished product, we realized we wanted to show the love we put into making gifts to all. Our company has evolved tremendously from the beginning. Our small hobby has turned into us curating hundreds and hundreds of gifts. We love that we are able to showcase Cleveland makers, artisans, and creatives in our gifts and our shopping events throughout the year.

YLGG: What is the best piece of advice you’ve received?

JK & KB: Over tacos and margaritas, a good friend and a respected business owner told us to price ourselves for the clients we want. She told us to never undervalue our product to attract clients that may not be for us. And, to remember, if you’re taking time away from your family and other aspects of your life,  then you need to value that time financially.

YLGG: What characteristic do you most admire in other entrepreneurial women?

JK & KB: Having a strong desire, drive, ambition - and totally putting yourself out there.  It’s not easy to do, and we stay motivated by all the women hustling in Cleveland!

YLGG: What piece of advice would you give to women starting their own businesses?

JK & KB:

  1. Don’t be afraid to learn from your mistakes or fail; we have come back stronger from some of our failures than we have from some of our successes!  

  2. Just start!  You’ll never truly be ready or perfect!  No one is, and that’s the beauty of it all.  One day at a time and one foot in front of the other, and before you know it, you will see your passion come to fruition and that’s an amazing thing!  

  3. Surround yourself with a positive tribe of  like-minded business women who are go-getters and want to help you be the best you can be.  The knowledge and help we have gained from some really amazing women (& men) in Cleveland has been the key to our success. #communityovercompetition

YLGG: What do you like most about your workspace?

JK & KB: We get to work from home! There are lots of pros (and some cons) to this.  We find ourselves multi-tasking on lots of projects at once and some days office hours happen after the kids are in bed.  During the holidays and our very busy seasons, our homes are taken over by gifts and we are not above putting our husbands and kids to work!  We are so hands-on that seeing the products as much as possible before they go to the client is very comforting to us.

YLGG: What is something you could not go a day without?

JK & KB: Coffee! And our morning phone call to each other!

Be sure to check back every WeDNesday for a new #WorkingWomenWednesday highlight to learn more about the businesses who make up the Girl Gang and their hard-working owners.