Selected 2016

Julie James

  • Current company DROUGHT
  • Industry Food & Beverage

Julie earned an BBA from the University of Michigan-Dearborn majoring in Marketing and Management.  After opening her first successful business at the age of 23, a yoga studio in Birmingham, Michigan – she took a brief hiatus to raise her now 7 year old daughter, Stella.  In 2010, along with her 3 sisters Cait, Jessie & Jenny, Julie co-founded the midwest’s first raw organic juice company, DROUGHT, which now has 5 brick and mortar locations, a wholesale line and USDA organic certification.  With a focus on retail experience, marketing and branding – Julie focuses her daily operations in the customer’s interaction with the brand.

In December 2016, Julie was selected to be an Endeavor Entrepreneur.


As Michigan’s first and leading cold-press juicery, DROUGHT satisfies consumers’ thirst for healthy, convenient and organic nutrition. DROUGHT packs 3-5 pounds of raw produce in every one of its juices, providing consumers with a readily available nutraceutical beverage without the hassle of juicing at home. DROUGHT differentiates itself from competitors by appealing to a wider customer base through strategic branding efforts and a wide range of product flavors. It is one of only a handful of companies to have successfully navigated the wholesale regulations of raw juice and therefore is in an excellent position to grow at a rapid rate.

DROUGHT is an all-female owned business, founded and operated by four sisters from Detroit. In late 2010, the James sisters came together with a collective longing to take control of their lives and create a meaningful living for themselves. DROUGHT was built on sweat equity and ingenuity — the adult sisters moved back in with their parents and poured all of their time and resources into building their business. The timing was perfect as a healthy outlet was long overdue in the Midwest, and DROUGHT was born.

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