Socially Responsible Entrepreneur – Jennifer Hinze, Polka Dots Boutique

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When people think of the words “ethical” or “moral,” we may not always add where we spend our money as part of the equation. Through fashion and promoting ethically made products, one woman wants communities to start thinking about their decisions differently. While she doesn’t think of herself as a “social warrior” in day-to-day life, Jennifer Hinze is the recipient of this year’s Socially Responsible Entrepreneur Award because her actions, thoughtfulness and careful considerations speak for themselves. Located on Turner Street in Lansing, Hinze’s business, Polka Dots Boutique, takes fashion to the next level by promoting ethically sourced products.

“Some people only care about the price tag and whether that price tag is what they want to pay or not — they don’t think of where that shirt was made or how that purse was manufactured. So, part of my work is getting that message out,” said Hinze.

Hinze was previously an administrator for nine years at a small law firm before opening her business. She always wanted to work for herself, however, at least before she turned 40. From that law background, she developed and enshrined a few skills that have extended to her entrepreneurial success: human resources, managing expenses and staff, etc.

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