Portland, ORINDUSTRY: MANUFACTURING
BUSINESS: ESSANCE LLC
PROGRAM: 2016 PROJECT INCREASE PORTLAND
“Other colleagues from the program are in the same position as you are. You feel that you are not alone and that you are exactly where you need to be in terms of business.”BUSINESS OVERVIEW
Essance was founded in 2011 by Jasmine Tran. Her business sells handmade organic skincare products to retail and wholesale clients, with an eye towards expanding into e-commerce. When she started the company, Essance was a one-woman operation, but since then Jasmine has been able to hire two employees. This has helped her in production of skincare products and the development of a new website.
HIRING FROM THE COMMUNITY
In 2016, thanks to the Portland Development Commission’s Project Increase, Jasmine found an unlikely client in a local barbershop. Through the partnership they forged together, both businesses win: Jasmine gains a new client, and the barbershop gains access to an exclusive product line for their customers. “In order for them to sell our product, we also have to come out to support them.” Jasmine has identified that growing through partnership is essential to her company’s growth strategy.
Alumni Spotlight: Essance LLC
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