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Meet Jenn Hier of Cultivate Advisors in Downtown Denver

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jenn Hier.

Jenn, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I’ve had an interesting career! After graduating with a Master’s degree in Construction Management from the University of Denver, I spent eight years in the industry, including starting a property management and real estate development company with a partner. From there I taught business courses at a Title 1 high school in Aurora, followed by selling cars at a Honda dealership in Boston, then started a ghost kitchen company in Denver that grew to 15 employees in just sixteen months. After taking a few months off to travel, I made the decision to join a company called Cultivate Advisors, where I help other entrepreneurs grow their existing business or start one from scratch. There are so many small businesses out there that offer great products and services, they just need help with the business side of things, and that’s where I come in. It’s truly a passion of mine to help others, and I especially love working with motivated women who want to bring their dreams of owning a business to life.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Hell no. Construction, car sales, and startup tech companies are notoriously male dominant. As women, I think many of us feel like we have to work extra hard just to prove we even belong in the room as team members, let alone as executives. Working with men has not been easy, and I’m sure they’d say the same about working with me, but it has taught me a lot, and in the end, most of them were wonderful and will be lifelong friends. In addition to the gender bias that exists and the discrimination that often follows, men and women speak different languages, which translates to doing our jobs in different ways, and you have to figure out how to navigate those differences in order to be successful. If I could do it all over again, I would not have done things differently. I’m happy I got the experience I did in the industries I did. It’s made me more versatile, which allows me to work with clients in many different industries now.

Tell us more about the business.
I’m a Business Advisor that helps entrepreneurs grow their business with tailored 1:1 advising to ensure they’re focused on the right initiatives to see the biggest impact. I work with an awesome company called Cultivate Advisors, and our team works together as former entrepreneurs to share best practices when helping our clients.

I specialize in two areas: (1) general business execution strategies and profitability for companies under $10 million in annual revenue; and (2) custom coaching for C-Suite Executives, Directors & Managers at mid-size companies that need help with time management, productivity, improving corporate culture, and leading teams.

What am I known for? Getting shit done. Quickly. A boss of mine used to say that if he told me in the morning “I wonder if there’s any gold under that pile of dirt over there?”, that by the afternoon I would have rented a backhoe, dug up the dirt, found gold if there was any, and if not, found somewhere else to look for gold. I move fast and I love working with people who are ready to make a change and jump onboard a fast moving train!

What sets me apart? I don’t know if these things make me different. There are plenty of hustlers, female entrepreneurs, and women who genuinely support other women, and I’m proud to be a part of this group. My inner circle of friends are a part of this group too, and now I’m working hard to build a crew of badass female entrepreneurs in Denver who are creating amazing companies (and want to drink wine together after a long week). I’m passionate about helping women succeed and grow their business, so if you want to be a part of my crew let me know!

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
Sure. Luck, fate, God’s plan, whatever you believe in, is certainly a part of everyone’s journey and mine is no different. My mom often reminds me that I’m not going to meet a man sitting on my couch, and I think the same is true for finding success in business. I believe the harder you work, the more people you meet, and the more risks you take, the luckier you get. Life is challenging, but it’s also supposed to be fun, and the more I say “yes” to things, the further I get.

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