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Name: Jacqueline Nguyen, Pharm.D

Business: Premium Herbal USA , herbal supplements for health and weightloss

Industry: Health & Beauty

Location: Stanton, California, U.S.

Reason for starting: I saw many of my patients’ health worsen from the many side effects of conventional drugs. I knew I needed to do something different to change this and better everyone’s health. I started researching more information about herbal and holistic treatments and applied that knowledge to my practice as a pharmacist, bringing safe and natural health supplements to people, under the name Premium Herbal USA.

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How do you define success? To me, success is not a measure of how much personal wealth you have earned, it is a measure of how many lives you have affected and changed for the better. I feel that in the satisfaction I have when my patients and customer come back to thank me and share their stories of how my supplements helped them and how well they feel after using them.

Biggest Success: I wanted to share my knowledge with a lot of people rather than working with a few in the pharmacy setting. I went on TV and now have my own show in my community where I share about Health and Wellness with thousands of people who watch, learn and benefit from my talk shows.

What is your top challenge and how have you addressed it? When I first started my company, I often found it difficult going to meetings and doing business by myself, as a woman, since I was taken less seriously by the male counterparts and they would more be interested in me personally rather than my business. I just had to compose myself, ignore personal remarks and stay serious and focused on my business. Now that I have established my base and have a successful company with my success acknowledged by everyone, I don’t have as much of those issues.

Additionally, when I used to talk with my family about my business they would give me suggestions about doing things in a better way and then not listening to them would strain my personal relationship with them. I wouldn’t be able to do business my way if I always followed their opinions though. I dealt with these situations by talking less about my business with my family, which I think is a good idea, keeping family affairs and business separate. I like to take other people’s opinions, but I always like to come off as neutral to everyone and act on my own when it comes to doing my business.

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Who is your most important role model? My mom is my biggest inspiration and role model. The hard work ethics she instilled in me to never give up and keep going it until you succeed are a few of the reasons behind my success.


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