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Jennifer A Barnes

Founder & CEOOptima Office, Inc

San Diego, CA

Member Since July 2017




Jennifer is the CEO & Founder of Optima Office, Inc, her second successful venture. She was able to grow her first company to over $6 million in revenue and 90 employees in just 6 years. Her second company, Optima Office already has 85 employees and is expected to have revenues of $9.5 million in their 4th year, 2022. Jennifer has a degree from the University of Arizona with a BA in Finance, Accounting and Marketing. She has an MBA from SDSU and completed the Becker CPA Courses. Career wise, Jennifer spent a dozen years as a consultant in the role as Controller or Director of Accounting for numerous companies and non-profits throughout San Diego. She was named in the top 40 under 40 business leaders in San Diego in 2018, was named 2017 Young Entrepreneur by San Diego's Chamber of Commerce, the most Influential Leader in 2016 by the Connected Women of Influence, 2021's CEO Business Woman of the year by SDBJ, has won best place to work for 7 years in a row between her two companies and recently made the list of the 500 most influential people in San Diego. In 2022, Optima will be in the top fastest growing companies in San DIego and will make the esteemed Inc 5000 fastest growing companies in 2023. Jennifer is a tenacious, kind, and authentic business executive. Work-life balance is very important to her, so she is adamant about her team having a flexible, friendly, and awesome place to work. Jennifer is married with 1 child and has 7 nieces and nephews, loves spending time with friends & family and enjoys running on the beach and snowboarding.

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Embracing Conflict For Stronger Teams


When conflicts are handled with honesty and empathy, I think you'll find that they often yield positive outcomes.

Facing A Chaotic Time In Your Business? 10 Tips For Regaining Order

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There often comes a time in business when a sense of overwhelm can start to creep in—whether that's due to explosive growth or a lack of time and resources. Even with business going well, you can still be left scrambling if you don’t have the right processes in place or adequate staffing to help alleviate some of the burden. As business leaders, the members of Young Entrepreneur Council have faced many periods of chaos in their careers. Here, they share what helped them overcome these feelings of overwhelm and how you can regain order during a chaotic time in your business, no matter what the reason.

Seven Ways To Achieve Uninterrupted Focus When You Most Need It

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Slack pings, calendar reminders, text messages or phone calls and those pesky notifications—the work world can often be incredibly distracting. And for the work-from-home crowd, there can sometimes be additional layers of distraction, like a ringing doorbell, family and friends, a load of laundry or the constant urge to clean up the space around you. But whether in the office or at home, work sometimes takes the back burner to these distractions, leaving you unproductive and stressed out about how you’re going to get it all done.  According to the members of Young Entrepreneur Council, the solution is to strive for uninterrupted focus. Being intentional with both your environment and your processes can help set you up for a much more productive day. Here, eight members share their top methods for achieving that uninterrupted focus when you most need it and why these tips work so well.

10 Ways To Get In The Right Headspace Before You Start Your Workday

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The way you start your day sets the stage for the kind of day you have ahead of you. Starting it stressed out or in a bad mood can put you in the wrong kind of headspace for the rest of the day, leading you to make poor decisions or lose focus on the tasks at hand. However, by making a few simple changes and taking charge of your morning, you can start your day off calm, rested and ready to tackle any challenges you may have ahead of you. Here, 10 business leaders from Young Entrepreneur Council discuss their own routines and how they maximize their time in the morning to not only get in the right headspace for the workday ahead but also improve as a person and leader at the same time. Try implementing one of these habits into your daily routine and see how effective you can really be.

Seven Tips These Entrepreneurs Have For Fellow Women Entering The Tech Industry

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Whether it's starting her own tech company or taking on her first tech role as a professional, a woman entering the tech industry can face unique challenges in this traditionally male-dominated field. Not being heard or taken seriously paired with a lack of other women to connect with or look up to can feed into feelings of self-doubt or encourage imposter syndrome—which can ultimately lead women to leaving tech altogether.  In order to succeed, it’s important to stay confident in yourself and your abilities. Below, several women business leaders from Young Entrepreneur Council draw on their own experiences facing adversity to share the advice they'd give to any young woman beginning her career in tech and why.

10 Tips For Making Even Better Short-Form Videos For Your Business

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More than ever, people are consuming content via social media—a platform where you have to quickly stand out if you don’t want users to pass you by. One of the most popular ways of doing that today is through short-form video content. Only growing in popularity, this medium gives businesses and creators sometimes just a few seconds to make their point and draw viewers in.  This can be difficult for businesses that may be used to producing longer-form content, such as blog posts or interviews. Luckily, there are several ways you can take advantage of tools like TikToks and Instagram Reels even with little to no experience. Here, the business leaders of Young Entrepreneur Council offer their advice for leveraging short-form videos to draw more consumers to your business.

Company details

Optima Office, Inc

Company bio

We are a team of accounting specialists who bring varying degrees of experience in every single industry, with most accounting softwares and to businesses of all sizes, from start-ups to $50+ million in revenues. We also specialize in servicing non-profits.



Area of focus

Business Development
Human Resources

Company size

51 - 200