During 2018, the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce is celebrating 50 years of community service. In the monthly column, we put the spotlight on some current members and learn what they value about the organization.
Jennifer Andos is the owner of Paperfish Creative, a strategic marketing and branding agency whose mission is to make a difference in businesses by helping set them apart from the competition.
Loudoun Now: When asked at a party “what do you do,” how do you answer? And what do you really do?
Andos: At a party I will tell someone, “I own a graphic design and marketing company. I work a lot but I really, really love it.” What I really do is the graphic design for our clients, and I’m also the chief sales person and multi-hat wearer. I design websites, convention booths, packaging and sales materials like brochures and business cards—basically everything that leaves a good and lasting impression of your brand. And I hire really, really smart people. The only way Paperfish can get out as much work as we do is to fully trust the people on my team. Liz Phlegar does our marketing plans and communications, and Brian DeAngelis is our programmer, coding our websites so we don’t need to use templates.
LN: Do you have a networking magic story?
Andos: My networking magic story is from when I was nominated for the Loudoun Chamber’s Small Business of the Year by one of my clients. To my amazement, I won Homebased Business of the Year. I knew exactly three people in that room: my husband, my client and Abby Moreau from the Chamber who I met while filming my video (after falling on my face!) for the awards night. I wasn’t even a Chamber member. After the event I told Tony Howard how impressed I was that I won without being a member and he said I didn’t need to feel obligated to join, but they would love to have me. I was sold. Winning that award made me recognizable to people in the Chamber and the community because of all of the publicity they do following the awards. I was relatively new to Loudoun and this truly catapulted my business here.
LN: What was your first job?
Andos: My first job after college I worked for Pace Bus Company. Pace is the public bus service in suburban Chicago. I was hired to write and design a history book about the agency. It’s in the Library of Congress, which makes it sound cooler than it really is.
LN: What’s the most fun you’ve had at a Chamber event?
Andos: The most fun I’ve had at a Chamber event was just this summer at the Jubilee Celebration at Bluemont Vineyards. It was the perfect combination of atmosphere, food and great company. The number of people you meet at the Chamber just grows exponentially. Every single new contact has a list of people they want you to meet. My kids hate going grocery shopping now because they say I know everyone. I don’t know everyone, but I’m working on it.