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Jill Blashack Strahan

Founder & CEO, Tastefully Simple, Inc.

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 Jill Blashack Strahan Biography

Jill Blashack Strahan is one of the nation's leading female entrepreneurs. As the Founder & CEO of Tastefully Simple, she has become an inspiration and role model to thousands of people across the nation. Called a "CEO All Star" by Inc. magazine, Jill Blashack Strahan founded Tastefully Simple with humble beginnings and big dreams. Today this successful speaker, author, founder & CEO oversees a $140 million-plus enterprise.

Jill Blashack Strahan's entrepreneurial spirit, drive and strong work ethic took root at a young age, as she grew up on her family's farm near Villard, Minnesota.

After a year at the University of Minnesota-Morris, Jill Blashack Strahan transferred to Alexandria Technical College, where she discovered her passion for business and graduated with an associate's degree in sales and marketing. Following graduation, Jill Blashack Strahan managed and co-owned a small restaurant with her father called "Jill's Grill" and started her own retail gift basket shop.

In 1993, Jill Blashack Strahan liquidated her retail business but continued to sell gift baskets to corporate and direct-mail clients. She decided to participate in a special event to promote these baskets, where she gave out samples and received an incredible response. That's when Jill Blashack Strahan realized the power of taste-testing. And a couple of weeks later at 3:00 in the morning, the idea of Tastefully Simple was born.

In June 1995, Jill Blashack Strahan founded Tastefully Simple on what she often calls "a dream and a shoestring."

In fact, the company started in a 1,200 square-foot shed with no running water. Using a pool table as a packing station, Jill Blashack Strahan bootstrapped the business with her own savings, an investment from a silent partner and a $20,000 Small Business Administration loan.

Today, Jill Blashack Strahan has turned Tastefully Simple into a $140-million-plus company with over 28,000 independent consultants throughout the U.S.

More About Jill Blashack Strahan . . .

Just three years into the business, Jill Blashack Strahan was rocked by double tragedy. Her brother was killed in a fall, and only a few months later, her husband died suddenly. Jill was faced with raising her 5-year-old son alone, but instead of giving up, she persevered with grace and determination. Jill Blashack Strahan turned her pain into passion to live her dreams.

In 2007, Jill Blashack Strahan became a published author with a book called Simply Shine: Stories That Stirred the Fire - a collection of short stories about her life and journey with Tastefully Simple.

Jill Blashack Strahan has been personally recognized with many honors, including: Twin Cities Business Hall of Fame, Inc. magazine's list of "CEO All-Stars," Fast Company magazine's "25 Top Women Business Builders," and the Small Business Administration Entrepreneurial Success Award.

    Burning Bright: How to Move Past Fear & Overcome Obstacles

    Small Beginnings & Big Dreams: Three Success Factors (Entrepreneurship)

    Turn 'Em On … Turn 'Em Loose!™ How to Build a Winning Culture

    Dream It, Believe It, Work It: Setting Goals to Get What You Want

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Jill Blashack Strahan

Founder & CEO, Tastefully Simple, Inc.

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Jill Blashack Strahan Biography

Jill Blashack Strahan is one of the nation's leading female entrepreneurs. As the Founder & CEO of Tastefully Simple, she has become an inspiration and role model to thousands of people across the nation. Called a "CEO All Star" by Inc. magazine, Jill Blashack Strahan founded Tastefully Simple with humble beginnings and big dreams. Today this successful speaker, author, founder & CEO oversees a $140 million-plus enterprise.

Jill Blashack Strahan's entrepreneurial spirit, drive and strong work ethic took root at a young age, as she grew up on her family's farm near Villard, Minnesota.

After a year at the University of Minnesota-Morris, Jill Blashack Strahan transferred to Alexandria Technical College, where she discovered her passion for business and graduated with an associate's degree in sales and marketing. Following graduation, Jill Blashack Strahan managed and co-owned a small restaurant with her father called "Jill's Grill" and started her own retail gift basket shop.

In 1993, Jill Blashack Strahan liquidated her retail business but continued to sell gift baskets to corporate and direct-mail clients. She decided to participate in a special event to promote these baskets, where she gave out samples and received an incredible response. That's when Jill Blashack Strahan realized the power of taste-testing. And a couple of weeks later at 3:00 in the morning, the idea of Tastefully Simple was born.

In June 1995, Jill Blashack Strahan founded Tastefully Simple on what she often calls "a dream and a shoestring."

In fact, the company started in a 1,200 square-foot shed with no running water. Using a pool table as a packing station, Jill Blashack Strahan bootstrapped the business with her own savings, an investment from a silent partner and a $20,000 Small Business Administration loan.

Today, Jill Blashack Strahan has turned Tastefully Simple into a $140-million-plus company with over 28,000 independent consultants throughout the U.S.

More About Jill Blashack Strahan . . .

Just three years into the business, Jill Blashack Strahan was rocked by double tragedy. Her brother was killed in a fall, and only a few months later, her husband died suddenly. Jill was faced with raising her 5-year-old son alone, but instead of giving up, she persevered with grace and determination. Jill Blashack Strahan turned her pain into passion to live her dreams.

In 2007, Jill Blashack Strahan became a published author with a book called Simply Shine: Stories That Stirred the Fire - a collection of short stories about her life and journey with Tastefully Simple.

Jill Blashack Strahan has been personally recognized with many honors, including: Twin Cities Business Hall of Fame, Inc. magazine's list of "CEO All-Stars," Fast Company magazine's "25 Top Women Business Builders," and the Small Business Administration Entrepreneurial Success Award.

    Burning Bright: How to Move Past Fear & Overcome Obstacles

    Small Beginnings & Big Dreams: Three Success Factors (Entrepreneurship)

    Turn 'Em On … Turn 'Em Loose!™ How to Build a Winning Culture

    Dream It, Believe It, Work It: Setting Goals to Get What You Want

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  • How to book Jill Blashack Strahan?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Jill Blashack Strahan for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Jill Blashack Strahan, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Jill Blashack Strahan or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Jill Blashack Strahan?

    Booking fees for Jill Blashack Strahan, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Jill Blashack Strahan, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Jill Blashack Strahan?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Jill Blashack Strahan for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Jill Blashack Strahan for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Jill Blashack Strahan or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Jill Blashack Strahan or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Jill Blashack Strahan is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Jill Blashack Strahan for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Jill Blashack Strahan generally travels from MN, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Kathy Ireland, Dyana Valentine, Libby Gill, Tania Luna and Nancy Nguyen Liles. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Jill Blashack Strahan for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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