“God first, family second, career third.” That’s how Jada Butterfield balances her life, and it’s the driving force behind her new venture as a Mary Kay consultant.
“I want to strive to help women feel better about themselves, along with me feeling better about myself, inside and out,” she said. “And I wanted to grow my relationship with God.”
Jada was introduced to the idea of joining Mary Kay during a product party at the church she attends. She saw it as an opportunity to not only increase her income but to connect with other women who share similar values.
“I joined a unit with people from all over, but we all have in common our life priorities and support for each other,” she said. “Just looking at the friendships I saw at the meetings – it’s something that will help my life, my relationship with God and my relationship with others.”
She also wants to earn the 51-year-old cosmetic company’s signature pink Cadillac so her husband, Eric, can say he drove one.
Jada celebrated her business opening with a Gem County Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting and open house on March 4, where she attracted a crowd of shoppers interested in the Mary Kay line of cosmetics and skin care products. “The products sell themselves,” she said, but she has spent several hours – time when she’s not working as the event and membership manager at the Chamber of Commerce or attending business administration classes in college - studying each product so that she can answer questions and make product suggestions.
Jada is planning an open house or party every month or two to introduce new seasonal products. She’ll offer special holiday sales and discounts to her clients during their birthday month. She keeps regional top sellers in stock as well as the products her clients buy regularly. “I’m here for you 24/7 and I almost guarantee I’ll have my customers’ favorites on hand,” she said. “Watch the website for details. If you want to get on my mailing list for specials, send me an email, or call me for a catalogue.”
Just as Mount Everest is the highest mountain on Earth, retirement is the largest financial decision most people will make in their lifetime. To help you with the climb, The Everest Group Wealth Management has a team of guides at the ready.
Celebrating the launch of their new business name, The Everest Group hosted a crowd of clients, business partners, friends and family for a grand opening and ribbon cutting on Feb. 20. Their expansion as a full-service financial firm has prompted their renaming, but The Everest Group is not new to Gem County. Now in its seventh year locally, The Everest Group has been guiding folks from throughout the nation toward financial security.
“We want to be everyone’s personal CFOs,” Managing Partner Justin Walker said. “Our job is to help people with a financial strategy to achieve that highest financial peak of their lives.”
To do that, the team uses a five-step approach:
You’ll bring your financial records to the first meeting. From there, an individual assessment will be made: Where are you financially and where do you want to go? Your information will be analyzed and recommendations made based on a number of factors: short- and long-term goals, age, risk tolerance and more. Then the team will help you implement your plan. Finally, and most importantly, your plan will be reviewed on a regular basis to make sure it’s working for you.
“Somehow, a million dollars became the magic number. I don’t know why,” Walker said. “You don’t need to have a million dollars to retire.” On average, he said, most retirees have less than $500,000 in liquid assets. Those who retire comfortably also have something else: a strategy. “If we proactively make good decisions, a comfortable retirement is something we can achieve,” and The Everest Group can help you with that, he said.
Walker and Managing Partner Jeremiah Vickery have averaged a new staff member each year for the last four years. They’re joined in the office by Financial Services Professional Jason Pollock, Director of Client Services Tom Vickery, Office Manager Janet Peters, and Administrative Assistant Michelle Hicks.
The company, under the umbrella of MassMutual Financial Group, operates on commission, meaning the services are not fee-based. “It won’t cost people anything to come in and talk to us,” Walker said. The office is located at 2005 E. Quail Run Rd., Ste. 2, in Emmett. For more information, call 724-2291.
What started as a personal pursuit of health and wellness has culminated in the launch of Shooting Starz Spa, where helping people look and feel their best is the full-time goal.
Shooting Starz Spa co-owner Kurt Branham said the newly remodeled spa is rapidly gaining clients. Some are the existing clientele of Charlene McElroy of Charlene’s Peaceful Place massage studio and Stefani Bolinger of Stef’s Upper Cut hair salon, both of whom have joined Kurt in business.
Shooting Starz Spa is also attracting clients who are interested in the all-natural line of supplements, wraps and facials that Kurt distributes. He said it’s an easy sell because it’s a product he believes in.
As a diabetic, Kurt struggled with dry and cracking skin on his feet. He started using the products in 2012 and saw improvement. “Most people don’t start thinking about their health until something goes wrong,” he said. “This is a natural way of healing the body. I’m still diabetic and I still take medicine for it, but my health has improved,” he said.
Kurt’s biggest seller is a 45-minute wrap that tones skin and reduces the appearance of cellulite. He offers individual wraps and “wrap parties” for groups. It’s natural and affordable and can have lasting results, he said. There’s a selection of vitamins and minerals, weight loss aids and products for colon health, menopause, joint health, energy and stress. There’s also a line of skin care products. Kurt is looking for more product distributors and offers training. For more information or to make an appointment, call Kurt at 866-3741.
Charlene is certified in medical therapeutic massage and customizes it to fit her clients’ needs. She also offers pregnancy massage, sciatica release and infant massage and will teach parents infant massage techniques. Charlene offers appointments at the spa and is also working with Elemental Wellness & Chiropractic, at 701 S. Washington Ave., to offer walk-in massage. To make an appointment with Charlene, call 369-1067.
Stef brings 30 years of styling experience to the spa. She opened her business in 2006 and attends trade shows to stay current on product and technique. Stefani takes walk-ins on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. She keeps the doors open late on Thursdays for after-hours services. Wednesdays are by appointment. Stef’s Upper Cut has positions open for stylists, a nail technician and an esthetician. She can be reached at 365-0778.
Shooting Starz Spa is located at 710 S. Washington Ave. in Emmett.