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EmployABILITY Champion: Jamba Amador Ridge

Jamba Amador Ridge, located in Jackson, is a franchise of Jamba. They serve smoothies, juices, breakfast items and health bowls. We met with franchise president Abra Teague to celebrate her business's new status as an EmployABILITY Champion and learn what that means to her.

Franchise president Abra Teague with one of her employees

What is your mission as an organization?

My mission or my main operating principle is to be a productive part of the community. I work hard to stay involved in the community and be a leader and partner for growth and positive change. You could boil that all down to say that I just want to help as many people as possible. 

Do you have experience employing people with disabilities? 

I do. During my whole career, I’ve employed people with disabilities. I have a child with disabilities, so I understand the obstacles that people with disabilities face in the workplace. Creating inclusive employment opportunities is a passion for me. Having a disability doesn’t make someone less capable of working. Right now, I have three employees with disabilities and will use grant funds to hire others.

Jamba Amador Ridge employee Andy holding up a smoothie with a 'thumbs up'

How do you plan to use EmployABILITY Business Grant funds to grow your business?

We’re using the funds to buy accessible equipment for our new hires to use. We are also hiring two employees with disabilities and renovating our space to be ADA-compliant. 

What does it mean to be an EmployABILITY Champion? 

The grant means we’ll be able to give more individuals with disabilities an opportunity to grow and succeed. Businesses like ours help individuals with disabilities come out of their shells – it’s such a blessing. This grant will help us grow and has set us up for success! 

For more information on Jamba Amador Ridge, visit 


Image by Nick Karvounis

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