Businesswoman. Community leader. Teacher. Mother. Mountain View resident Jasmin Smith does it all.
“You just gotta know that you’re going to make sacrifices … but you can do anything,” she said.
Smith is a multifaceted entrepreneur. Named a 2017 Top 40 Under 40 by the Alaska Journal of Commerce, she runs The Business Boutique, a certified, licensed small business development firm that handles everything from business plans to taxes. A member of the Association of Accredited Business Consultants, she organizes monthly networking events and the Alaska Black Business Expo at the Dena’ina Center and the annual Business Development Resource Fair at the Northway Mall. She’s taught classes through Career Academy and the University of Alaska Anchorage’s Small Business Development Center.
Through the Alaska Music Leaders Association, she works to help local entertainers develop professional careers. She helps coordinate the entertainment for the Pride Festival and the Mountain View Block Party, and helps organize the AK Hip Hop and R&B Awards and the AK Music and Entertainment Expo.
Smith’s newest company, EKT Unlimited, plans on providing baby supplies to hospitals and other birthing centers; inspired by the Finnish baby box tradition and her own experience as a new mother.
When she’s not teaching, organizing, developing and consulting, she handles bookkeeping for a local nonprofit, acts as the vice president of the Mountain View Community Council and raises twins.
What keeps her going?
“People always complain about what’s not right in their neighborhood, and they complain about Mountain View, but they don’t come to the meetings; they don’t say anything,” Smith said. “So, my thought was, I don’t want to be one of those people who just complains. I want to be a part of the solution. I want my kids to see that I’m trying to be a part of the solution.”