While most kids are looking forward to relaxing for a week during Spring Break, Jelani (Lani) Jones is thinking about how to grow her business.
As founder of Lani Boo Bath, a line that specializes in bath bombs and handcrafted moisturizing soaps, Lani is learning a thing or two about entrepreneurship. The Virginia native learned how to make bath bombs — a tightly packed mixture of ingredients that fizzes and expels various scents and oils when wet — in school. Lani had so much fun with the project that she went home to experiment on her own.
With the help of her parents, Lani purchased the ingredients needed to create the bath bombs and turned the family kitchen into her laboratory. After perfecting the blends to her satisfaction, Lani started by selling her products to friends, family and church members before establishing Etsy and Facebook pages.
When asked who supported her when creating/building her business, Lani tells us:
"I call my support team my village. My village is made up of my parents, siblings, grandparents, great grandmother, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, social media and my community. I also had a mentor that showed me how to make the products that I always inquired about. She also gave me great tips on running a business."
Lani's parents both balance busy lifestyles, but they are there for her as she embarks on her entrepreneurial journey. Her dad is an attorney and her mother is a psychotherapist with a private practice in Fredericksburg. They're both supportive of Lani's venture.
Go Lani! We're all rooting for you!
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