By Mandy Holmes
Photo by Elizabeth Marie
Turning your side hustle into a full-time job can be challenging, but Jill Granger knows firsthand the reward that lies on the other side: pursuing your passion.
Granger’s calling to the creative industry started at a very young age. At just five years old, her drawing of a woman holding a balloon (aptly titled “Balloon Lady”) was published in Sesame Street Magazine.
As an adult, she began working on the account management side for advertising firms and various corporations while doing freelance design projects on the side as an artistic outlet. Today, she runs Page + Parcel (www.pageandparcel.com), a creative studio that crafts beautiful projects for fellow creatives, entrepreneurs and small businesses.
After the birth of her first daughter, Granger joined forces with an event planning firm to design custom wedding stationary and fell in love with the process.
“Shortly after that, I made the switch to focus on not only corporate branding but event stationary, too,” she says.
Although life is never calm and balanced with four kids, Granger loves making time to bring her clients’ ideas and vision to life and curate an exceptional first impression.
“Whether it’s a logo in an email signature or the styling of a wedding invitation, people will judge something within a few seconds based on visual appeal alone,” Granger says. “High-quality graphic design builds excitement and credibility – and that’s priceless.”
At the heart of what Granger does is the joy of the creative process. The self-described “creativepreneuer” strives to understand the personality of her clients’ businesses or events and create a visual story that instantaneously communicates that message.
“I design my products with tremendous love, understanding that they will become a permanent part of my clients’ most treasured memories,” Granger shares.
Growing her business by word-of-mouth referrals and valued partnerships is rewarding, but expanding Page + Parcel and her family simultaneously is Granger’s biggest accomplishment to date.
“I can’t say the balance is easy or that I actually achieve the desired work-life balance every day, but I’m lucky to wake up each day and do what I love.”
By Alison Bailin Batz
Photo by Claudia Johnstone
In 1989, Rick Ueable was approached by his business partner Ken Clark with an outrageous idea.
“He suggested we invest in sandwiches,” says Ueable, noting Clark wanted them to look into a then-new franchise opportunity called Subway.
Though neither had restaurant experience, once he researched it, Ueable decided to get in on the ground floor of the burgeoning brand.
“However, we named our company Foods 2000, thinking we would move on by 1999,” Ueable says.
But 30 years later, Ueable – who, with Clark, owns 49 Arizona Subways – is still not only in the sandwich business, he’s also helping direct Subway into the future.
Since 2000, he’s served on Subway’s Independent Purchasing Cooperative, helping drive innovation, improve profitability, and ensure quality control. He’s also a founding member of Subway Kids & Sports of Arizona (SKS), a nonprofit started by local franchisees to help at-risk children gain access to sports, equipment, registration fees and more.
“To date, we’ve donated $1 million in grants and sports equipment for kids,” Ueable says. “And to celebrate our 20th anniversary this fall, we are hosting our biggest annual fundraiser ever in partnership with longtime supporters West Liberty Foods, Coca-Cola, Mobivity, Frito-Lay and Shamrock.”
On Oct. 16, SKS will take over Topgolf Scottsdale for a friendly competition and charity auction. The next day, SKS will host a golf tournament and anniversary celebration at Talking Stick Golf Club.
“I just hope I can attend this year,” laughs Ueable, who despite being a linchpin in its annual success, is often in Africa when it takes place because he also volunteers as director of African affairs for Partners in Action, which builds and supports orphanages, schools, clinics and skills centers worldwide.
“Right now, I’m focused on Bulembu, a city in Swaziland,” says Ueable, explaining the nonprofit, in partnership with two Swazi partners, bought Bulembu with a goal to make it self-sustainable.
So far, Partners in Action has helped open an orphanage, a school, a bakery, a dairy operation, a sawmill, and a hotel to help children and create jobs.
“Each day, we’re inching closer to them achieving true independence,” says Ueable, a recent Phoenix Business Journal “Most Admired Leader” honoree for his good works.