Jacqueline Nguyen has developed concepts for
Renton businesses like Papaya Viet Restaurant
at The Landing. She then finds locations and
mentors team members to become owners.

Meet Jacqueline Nguyen

'The Comeback Kid' at Papaya Silk Corporation

Jacqueline Nguyen owns several businesses, though she doesn’t think of herself as the “owner.” 

“I’m a matchmaker/creator. I like to create a concept, find a location and pair up a core team member who can become the owner,” she said. 

Jacqueline has successfully matched businesses and operators throughout Renton: Papaya at the Landing, Ocha Thai and Jack & Jill Nails Boutique downtown, Malakor Thai near IKEA, and Trà Tea and Juice Bar at Southport. 

Fresh ingredients make their way into spring rolls, pho, noodle salad bowls and more at Papaya Viet Restaurant at The Landing in Renton.

Her calendar is a balance of working with her restaurant teams and her full-time job as a real estate agent. Coaching and cultivating entrepreneurs is her legacy goal.

“I want to sell the restaurants to core team members who want to own their own business. They get pride of ownership and can take the restaurant to the next level,” she said.

Operators set their own goals, Jacqueline coaches each person to help them successfully grow their business. 

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The casual setting make Papaya a comfortable place to nurture friendships.
Takeout orders help restaurants pay the bills—and support dreams of business ownership.
Takeout orders help restaurants pay the bills— and support dreams of business ownership.

“I love growing people. That motivates me more than owning a business” 

The coach has advice for all entrepreneurs.

You have to operate as a team. You can’t do everything by yourself.”

Jacqueline has organizational skills to rival her energy level. Because not everyone has strong organizing skills, she steps in to help her operators as needed. Then she steps out of the way again.

“I love growing people,” she said. “That motivates more than owning a business.” 

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Jacqueline Nguyen has developed concepts for Renton businesses like Papaya Viet Restaurant at The Landing. She then finds locations and mentors team members to become owners.

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