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Red Leaf LLC

Name: Jill Rodriguez Lopez

Location: Salem, OR 

Type of Business:
Plant Rentals

What does your business do?
I rent plants from large trees down to table top plants for weddings and corporate events

When and why did you start the biz?
Started October 2017. I love plants and saw the need for a more green and sustainable wedding industry. My goal is to reduce the waste that often comes with weddings.

How Many People are in your Company?

Where's your office?
Wedding Co Op in Salem Oregon.

What's the toughest part of running your biz?
Large trees can be heavy and cumbersome to move! Small problem.

What's the most fun part?
Plants bring joy to pretty much everyone. I have yet to see someone disappointed in seeing plants used for decoration or anyone that said "Yuck plants"!

Anything you would have done differently?
I started really slow since this a new concept to the wedding industry. So far I would not have changed my approach.

What's next on the horizon for your biz?
I need to build up my advertising and marketing to get the word out. A heated greenhouse is also needed over the next year so I can expand my reach.

What advice do you have for others?
Go slow. Everyone wants to get started and they expect results right away. There is something to learn, both positive and negative, with every step of the journey!

How do you use Idea Cafe to help your biz?
Idea Cafe can be a great place to network. People will always tell you how important networking is, and it is very true. Like minded people are also great motivators. Sometimes when you have your own business, you tend to lose the drive after being on a "high" for so long.

School (where, still in school, degree)?
Bachelors in Business Admin (concentration in Accounting)

Prior jobs or business?
15 years as an accountant and 10 years in sales/management in the agriculture/nursery industry

Favorite Food?

What are your pets' names?
Too many to list - I live on a farm......

Do any of these pets help with your biz?
No, they just cost me money!

Is there any one person or event in your life that led you to go into business for yourself?
I have always wanted to own my own business. It is my belief though, that it will come when you are ready. My prior business experiences have lead me to where I am today.

Contact Info:
Jill Rodriguez Lopez
5526 Waconda Rd NE
Salem, OR 97305



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