Jade Terminella: Company Club

Jade Terminella found her calling as an entrepreneur at a young age. Starting businesses at ages 7 and 12, she really made her mark with Lola, a luxe women’s clothing store in Fayetteville that she started with her sister in 2004 as a 19-year-old sophomore at the University of Arkansas. 

“My sister has always been kind of a fashion girl,” Terminella said. “She’s always loved clothes and bags, and at the time, Northwest Arkansas had very limited shopping.” 

Although they worked hand in hand to develop Lola into one of the premier boutiques in all of Arkansas, Terminella gives much of the credit for its success to her sister, Lisa. 

“Really it was her idea,” she said. “I was just the little sister who was going to help do the work and make it happen. She was the brains behind Lola, for sure.” Turns out the sisters were a dynamic duo with Jade working the floor and interacting with customers, and Lisa overseeing the behind-the-scenes operations.

Always with an eye toward the future, Terminella and her sister sold the business after 10 years, but the process didn’t happen overnight. Wanting to ensure that Lola continued to thrive under new ownership, Terminella stayed for another five years during the transition. 

“When you build a business yourself and it is focused around you, it can be hard to pass the torch to somebody else in a successful way that makes everyone happy,” she said.

With Lola now fully under the guidance of its new buyer and operator Hope Cavell, Terminella wasted no time in tackling her next venture. An idea that she had been formulating for over a year, Terminella turned her attention toward Company Club, a members-only women’s club in Bentonville. 

“A lot of it was just noticing what the market needs,” she said. “Northwest Arkansas has a demand for a women’s club and support for women, especially in Bentonville where people are moving from all over the country. On a daily basis, I meet women from places like Seattle, Houston, Florida and Manhattan. They are coming from all over.” 

As a “clubhouse for the modern woman,” Company Club is intended to be a space for women to work, socialize, relax and network. “We refer to it almost as like a blank canvas,” she said. “We want any woman to be able to walk in and feel comfortable.” 

Terminella discussed her plans for Company Club with host Natalie Ghidotti on the latest episode of The Ghidotti Podcast, also sharing more about her career as a boutique owner, as well as some advice for others who have entrepreneurial aspirations. 

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The Ghidotti Team is overflowing with full-fledged rock stars. Sure – we’re looking for the best, brightest, most creative, most organized. You get the picture. But what we REALLY want is someone who we can laugh with, depend on, learn from and do great work together. Learn more about who we’re looking for and what you can expect.

Ghidotti is currently hiring an Agency Administrator! 

Agency Administrator Job Description: 

This is a part-time role providing overall administrative support to our CEO and Account Supervisor, and assisting with basic human resources and monthly accounting responsibilities. 

For this role, you’ll need to work in our downtown Little Rock office and be required to submit between 25-30 hours a week within the operating hours of 8:30 AM to 5 PM. On occasion, there is a need to work additional hours on evenings and weekends during a client launch or other events throughout the year.

While repetitive daily/monthly tasks are certainly part of this position, additional tasks assigned can vary from week to week based on the CEO’s needs and the needs of the agency. The most important responsibility of the Agency Administrator is to ensure that administrative tasks and projects are completed with a high level of efficiency, confidentiality, accuracy, flexibility and positivity.

REQUIREMENTS: 

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred. 
  • Minimum of 2-5 years experience in the related field, dealing with financial information.
  • Must be able to use Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Quickbooks and Google Suite.
  • Must be able to multi-task and possess excellent organizational, communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Basic knowledge of bookkeeping.
  • Must be able to use office equipment (copy/fax machine).
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Detail-oriented and willing to tackle various ongoing projects in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent multitasking skills, with the ability to perform duties outside of the scope of work when necessary.
  • Must work well within a cross-functional team environment as well as independently.

Main Responsibilities

Human Resources

  • Provide support for hiring and onboarding of new employees 
  • Run bi-monthly payroll reports for intern/contractor payment
  • Coordinate new hire benefits and HR paperwork (health insurance, simple IRA, etc.) and enter into the payroll system. Plan yearly renewal meetings and update all payroll items.
  • Provide general responses to employee questions and requests on HR procedures, policies and information.
  • Process miscellaneous billings for payment & vendor management.
  • Responsible for keeping the Employee Handbook, HR policies and other HR information current and updated with the team. 

Accounting

  • Manage obligations to suppliers, customers and third-party vendors
  • Process bank deposits
  • Reconcile financial statements
  • Prepare, send and store invoices
  • Weekly expense reporting and time entry on behalf of the CEO
  • Contact clients and send reminders to ensure timely payments; Identify and address discrepancies
  • Report on the status of accounts payable and receivables twice a month
  • Update internal accounting databases and spreadsheets

Office Management/Leadership Support

  • Assist with presentation and client meeting set up; working with vendors 
  • Collect and prepare information for use in discussions/meetings of the agency leadership team and outside individuals. 
  • Assist CEO with volunteer activities – making calls, organizing catering and meetings in partnership with vendors. 
  • Management of client contracts/retainers – working with the account supervisor to ensure annual planning and timely renewal of contracts. 
  • Varying personal and professional administrative tasks including, but not limited to, booking appointments, research projects, coordinating travel, maintaining breakroom daily, maintaining storage organization and ordering office supplies, etc. 

Rock Star Environment

We strive to create a fun, engaging atmosphere where high fives, chicken minis, and celebrations are commonplace. We lift one another up, honor achievements and reward hard work.

  1. Professional Enrichment

    Whether instructor-led, web-based or sharing during Fireside Friday, we are always learning more!

  2. Community Engagement

    We love the state of Arkansas. Our team enjoys outings to locally-owned businesses and pride ourselves on community involvement. In addition, employees are often offered free tickets to community events to get out and enjoy life with friends and family.

  3. Team Building

    Quarterly adventures for the team!

  4. Winter Recess

    We shut this place down at the holidays so we can all rest, relax and reinvigorate for the new year.

  5. Summer Fridays

    We get an early jump on the weekend every Friday during the summer.

  6. Volunteer Time Off (VTO)

    Along with your PTO, you also get VTO to use to support your favorite charity or organization.

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  1. Cover letter and PDF of your resume 
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