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The Deal: JENNIFER LAROCK STEVENSON RIDGE
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By Craig Schulin
WHAT IS THE BIGGEST DECISION YOU'RE WRESTLING WITH NOW? Turning it "off." Owning your own business means that you are never off; the work is never done. We have guests seven days a week, and I always need to be prepared to deal with issues that arise. It can get exhausting, but I am lucky to have partners in this venture to lean on when I need a break.
WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WOULD CHANGE ABOUT YOUR JOB? I love being hands-on and involved with the day-to-day operations. However, I am realizing I need to delegate more so I can concentrate on management tasks.
WHO WAS YOUR HERO AS A CHILD, AND WHO IS TODAY? Audrey Hepburn was more my inspiration than a hero. She was talented, unique and classy. Today, my hero is my mom, Debbie Spear. She is a good mother, business partner and friend and one of the hardest-working people I know.
WHAT ARE THE BEST LOCAL RESOURCES FOR SMALL BUSINESSES SEEKING ASSISTANCE IN GETTING STARTED OR EXPANDING? I found the Spotsylvania Economic Development Department and the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce to be the most supportive and helpful. Without a doubt, I can say that our business wouldn't be as successful as it is today without their involvement.
WHAT BUSINESS BOOK DO YOU RECOMMEND THE MOST AND WHY? I just finished reading "201 Ideas for Your Small Business" by Jane Applegate. Every time I picked up the book, it was a personal brainstorming session.
CAN YOU SHARE A WEIRD FUN FACT ABOUT YOUR PROFESSION THAT WE MIGHT NOT KNOW? Wedding rings are worn on the fourth finger of the left hand because it was once thought that a vein in that finger led directly to the heart.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE SOMEONE THINKING ABOUT STARTING A BUSINESS RIGHT NOW? Love what you do so it won't feel like work.
WHO WOULD YOU RATHER SPEND TIME WITH, WARREN BUFFETT, DORIS BUFFETT OR JIMMY BUFFETT? Warren Buffett, because he is a brilliant businessman and I would love to pick his brain for a couple of hours.
--As told to Craig Schulin
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