On a Mission with Terri Davlantes

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Each week on On a Mission we talk to community leaders who are out to make a positive impact in the area. Today, our host Jack Sears talks with Terri Davlantes.

Short company description:

I started my first business, JAX Cooking Studio, in my late 50s after a long career in higher education. I founded JAX Cooking Studio to offer children, families, adults, and teams fun and educational cooking experiences. Starting a business at any age can be challenging, but as an older adult, it can be even more daunting. Your family and friends give you all sorts of reasons why starting a business is a bad idea! Small businesses are the lifeblood of a thriving community, so it is in our best interest as a city to provide the support to would-be and existing small business owners.

How do you define success?:

I define success as being able to use my talents and experiences to serve God, in part by helping others achieve success in their entrepreneurial ventures.

What’s your favorite way to get involved in the community?:

I have a lifelong history of being an active volunteer in a wide variety of faith, community, and civic organizations. Since I sold JAX Cooking Studio in early 2024, I am in process of starting a consulting business to help small businesses and cooking studio owners achieve success by improving processes and procedures.

What are your biggest goals in the next 12 Months for your business?:

Within the next 12 months, I plan to establish and market my consulting business. For those small business owners not able to afford to hire a consultant, I’d like to offer my services for no charge.