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FEATURE ARTICLE from THE MORNING JOURNAL, 6-29-00
Award honors Avon's Rose Jenne
"AVON - Jenne Distributors founder Rose Jenne was honored with Panasonic's 2000 Northeast Ohio Entrepreneur of the Year Award for her rapidly growing communications equipment distribution business.
Jenne Distributors, headquartered in Avon, distributes more than 130 brands of telephones, phone systems and wiring all over the country.
Jenne said when she was starting out her business, she would travel to her local library every day to write down numbers of telephone shops from phone books all over the country and sell her phones and equipment at lower prices than the store's current distributors.
That determination helped Jenne move from her kitchen to a small Westlake office that she rented month to month.
In 1997, Jenne built the Avon facility which serves as an office and a warehouse.
Jenne Distributors now has 33 employees including ... her sons, Raymond Jr. and Dean, who started working with their mother just out of college and are now part of the management team.
In 1999, Jenne Distributors logged more than $30 million in sales and 30,000 customers.
In November, Jenne's company also was honored with a Golden 30 Award from The Morning Journal and Lorain County Community College. The Golden 30 honors 15 established and 15 emerging companies in the Lorain, Erie, and Huron county region. The Golden 30 ranked each finalist according to sales and employment figures from the last five years.
Jenne also has been honored with the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Northeast Ohio."
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