Jennifer Smith, founder and CEO of Innovative Office Solutions.
Innovative began in 2001 as an office supply/furniture company serving businesses of all sizes who value a relationship focused approach. With a vision to make workplaces more productive, Innovative has expanded its offerings to include categories such as cleaning and facility supplies, educational supplies/furniture, workplace branding, managed print services and technology. Through Jennifer’s leadership, she has grown Innovative to be the largest independent office products company in the Midwest and one of the largest in the Nation.
She has led the organization through consistent double-digit growth while instilling a contagious culture that has been the secret to the Innovative success story. Employees are guided by a shared vision, set of core values and a brand promise that sets the tone for all interactions; and has helped Innovative be named on the “100 Best Companies to Work For” by the Minnesota Business Journal every year since its inception.
Jennifer’s progressive thinking extends beyond her own business as a member of the Forum for the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), serves on the Board for the Committee of 200 as their Membership Co-chair along with being on the Dealer Advisory Board of Essendant, and aids in the leadership of the InSports Foundation, the charitable arm of Innovative Office Solutions.
Jennifer has received many accolades, including EY Entrepreneur of the Year for the Upper Midwest, The (Real)Power 50 by the Minnesota Business Magazine, OPI Magazine Top 100 Leader Influencers, EY Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist two years, Girl Scouts River Valleys Woman of Distinction Award, Exceptional Businesswoman Award presented by the Dakota County Tribune, Jackie Robinson “Most Valuable Diverse Business Partner” award presented by the Minnesota Twins and Major League Baseball, and the WBE of the Year by Women’s Business Development Center of Minnesota. Innovative was ranked for four years on the 50 Fastest Growing Women Owned/Led Companies in North America, presented by the Women’s Presidents Organization, and ranked for seven years on the Inc 5000 fastest growing privately held companies in America.