Author: Jennifer Chasse

America’s First Resort Begs Guests To Slow Down

How difficult must it have been to navigate a horse and wagon through the Allegany Mountains to Hot Springs, Virginia when Thomas Jefferson made the trip in 1819? I thought of this as I made the winding drive to this historic world-class resort. The Omni Homestead Resort dates back over 250 years, and has hosted dozens of presidents and dignitaries, including Jefferson who found the natural hot springs to be a comfort to his rheumatism. The original resort was an 18 room hotel was built on this property by a war Colonel who was deeded that land by George...

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Adapting to Evolve in the Entrepreneurial World: Ronda’s Story

Creativity is intuitive for Ronda Kelly. Even as a small child she enjoyed creating and making spaces beautiful. Ronda’s talent is not limited in size, and her mediums range from metals and stones in fashion jewelry, to sheet rock and landscape of multi-family homes! She’s an entrepreneurial at heart, with a business acumen that steers her creativity well. Ronda’s eye for seeing emerging opportunities, teamed with her willingness to evolve as markets change have helped her balance a growing family and successfully bridge to a new enterprise. I asked this Portland, Oregon mother of three to share her background...

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From 9 to 5 to Side Business Success: Courtney’s Story

Did you ever know someone who made a career change so bold, it made you catch your breath? I have! Courtney and I met 7 years ago when she was working as the Human Resource Director in a fast-paced digital agency I worked with.  She is smart and polished, and I found her to be a company go-to person for so many topics! My admiration for her grew when I learned she had taken the time to get SHRM certified, which is a rigorous voluntary certification for HR professionals. I’ve worked with professional development programs for years, and I...

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