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Organic farm takes RISE award at LFCC’s entrepreneurship event

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Ali and Dan Haney hold the checks they received as Judge’s Choice and People’s Choice in the RISE event at LFCC. Photo/Norma Jean Shaw

MIDDLETOWN – The Corron Center at Lord Fairfax Community College was the scene of an exciting “Shark Tank” style entrepreneur competition Tuesday evening, as the Small Business Development Center held its second event.

Taking both the People’s Choice and the Judge’s Choice awards was Shenandoah Seasonal, owned by Ali Haney and her husband Dan Haney. The couple’s farm is in Clarke County and grows four seasons of organic food. Located at the intersection of Rt. 50 and Rt. 340, they offer a variety of produce to the community.

Ms. Haney told the audience she would use the prize money to purchase a small shed and open up an organic farm store, which would be the first in Clarke County. She anticipated the store would hold a grand opening by mid-July.



For winning the event, the Haneys received a prize package worth $8500, including $5000 in cash, as well as Chamber of Commerce memberships, an advertising package and a social media consultation. The People’s Choice award was a cash prize based upon ticket sales to the event.

Other entrepreneurs participating in the event, included: Milissa Marshall’s Brag Swag, which creates original designs for apparel and gear; Dian DiPasquale’s Front Royal Premier Copiers; Jon Eye’s Mover Dudes, Inc.; Shae Parker’s Shae Signs/Hanna Signs; Rob Campbell’s Sherando Family Fitness and Craig Laird’s The Vine and Leaf artisan café.

The entrepreneurs attended six weekly workshops led by Lord Fairfax and Shenandoah University professors, as well as local professionals and developed their business plan based upon the knowledge gained through the classes. Finalists were narrowed down from the group based upon their business plans and other criteria.

Bright Box Theatre served as the RISE – Regional Initiative Supporting Entrepreneurship – competition’s title sponsor. Marilyn Finnemore spoke to the audience about the importance of following one’s passion.

“There is nothing better in the world than taking your passion and making it a reality,” she told the entrepreneurs. Being an entrepreneur, she said provided one the vision and freedom to follow one’s dreams and passions.

Bill Long, owner of the Auto Care Clinic in Front Royal, was last year’s big winner, taking home a prize package worth $8,500. While he used the money to expand his business by adding several service bays, he told the crowd Tuesday night that what proved more valuable than the prize money was the knowledge he gained from the classes and from writing and following a business plan.

Christine Kriz is the director of the Lord Fairfax Small Business Development Center. Speaking about the RISE event Tuesday night, she said, “Many people have come together to make this possible. It really says a lot about the community that we’re in and their passion to see the community thrive.”


The Royal Examiner cameras were there…
Check out the winning announcements!

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How to prepare for a bilingual job interview

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Have you applied for a position that requires some degree of proficiency in a second language? Here’s how to ensure you can successfully demonstrate your fluency in a job interview.

Prepare two sets of answers
A common way to test a candidate’s language skills is to conduct part of the interview in the second language. Therefore, it’s a good idea to prepare answers in both languages to typical interview questions such as:

• Can you tell me a bit about yourself?
• Where do you see yourself in five years?
• How would you describe your ideal boss?
• What makes you the right person for this position?

Ideally, you should prepare enough to feel comfortable going through the entire interview in either language.


Rehearse with someone bilingual
A mock interview is an effective way to practice how you’ll answer various questions and demonstrate your qualifications. If you’re interviewing for a bilingual position, it’s best to do this exercise with someone who’s fluent in both languages. This way, they can correct your grammar and offer feedback as needed.

Emphasize your experience
Rather than simply show that you can speak the language, you should also demonstrate how you’ve used this skill in previous roles. If the recruiter asks where you learned the language, be prepared to provide a few examples of work, volunteer, or travel experiences that allowed you to develop a strong grasp of the language.

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Are you working in zombie mode?

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Everyone has had the experience of driving somewhere familiar then suddenly realizing they didn’t remember the drive.

That loss of focus is called autopilot, and it can be as dangerous at work as it is on the road.

One technique to keep yourself out of autopilot is becoming a sort of fortune-teller, safety consultant Tim Page-Bottorff told Safety and Health Magazine.

Start the day with a question: When and where will I be likely to go into zombie mode? What time do I go on autopilot? What would be the most dangerous situation to be on autopilot?


These questions can raise awareness of potentially unsafe situations and send a mental cue to zap yourself back into the moment.

On the job, in the car, or even cutting up vegetables for dinner — wherever you tend to zone out, try the STOP technique:

Stop what you are doing.

Take a deep breath.

Observe your surroundings.

Proceed with awareness.

Anything that interferes with situational awareness puts people in danger, whether they are driving or climbing a ladder.

Talking on a cellphone or wearing headphones are common distractions that can be dangerous.

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Advice for job hunters who have a disability

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Finding a job can be challenging for anyone, but you may face additional hurdles if you have a disability. While employers are prohibited from discriminating, misconceptions can cast doubt on your suitability for a particular role. Here are some tips to maximize your chances of getting the job you want.

First, remember that you’re not required to acknowledge your disability on your résumé or in a cover letter. If you have reduced mobility, for example, you can broach the subject by asking about the building’s accessibility prior to the interview.

Furthermore, while it might be a good idea to briefly acknowledge your disability, be sure to focus on what you bring to the table. For any job seeker, the purpose of an interview is to explain how your qualifications and experience make you an ideal fit for the position. If you need to ask for accommodation, phrase it in a way that emphasizes how this allows you to do the job well.

Finally, keep in mind that your attitude can have a major impact on how you’re perceived in an interview. By showing confidence in your skills, you’ll provide employers with the assurance that you have what it takes to get the job done.


Resources
A variety of organizations across the United States offer resources to help people with disabilities find rewarding careers. These include Ability Jobs (abilityjobs.com), Getting Hired (gettinghired.com), and Ability Links (abilitylinks.org).

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How to ace a virtual job interview

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, employers have had to adapt their hiring processes to limit the spread of the virus. Since in-person meetings aren’t recommended, most have opted to speak with candidates over the phone or by video chat. If you have a virtual job interview coming up, here are some tips to help ensure it goes well.

Check your devices
Among other things, make sure the right video conferencing software is installed on your computer. You should also confirm that your webcam, microphone, and headphones are working and that you charge your laptop or set it up near a power source. Also, be sure to find a spot in your home with a strong internet connection. By ensuring that you’re ready a few hours before the interview, you’ll help calm your nerves and reduce the risk of something going wrong.

Wear business attire
Dress as though you’re going to a traditional interview. You might not be leaving your home, but you still need to make a good impression. That being said, you can forgo a few details like socks, shoes, and perfume, or cologne. Additionally, make sure you’re set up in a well-lit space and that nothing unsightly or embarrassing can be seen behind you. Before the interview starts, close the door to keep out pets and children.

Stay focused
Whether it’s to quickly search for something on your second monitor or read an incoming text message, the recruiter is sure to notice if your gaze shifts to something off-screen. This will make you look distracted and can come across as disrespectful. To ensure this doesn’t happen, put away other devices and do your research beforehand. You should also keep a pad nearby to take notes, so the other person doesn’t hear you typing.


Finally, remember to thank the interviewer for their time, and be sure to send a follow-up email the next day to reaffirm your interest in the position. Good luck!

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Do you have what it takes to work in the funeral industry?

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For some people, the prospect of working at a funeral home, crematorium, or cemetery can seem daunting or depressing. However, companies that offer funeral services play an important role in their community and provide diverse employment opportunities. If you’re considering a career in this industry, here are a few things you should know.

Potential positions
The funeral industry encompasses a wide range of products and services. Depending on your education, interests, and experience, you may be well-suited to one of the following roles:

• Pallbearer
• Grief counselor
• Funeral director
• Pre-planning adviser
• Cemetarian
• Hearse driver
• Receptionist
• Groundskeeper
• Mortician

These are just some positions available in an industry that’s constantly adapting to today’s realities.


Qualifications
Given the diversity of roles within the funeral industry, many of the skills you need will depend on the role that interests you. However, since most positions require you to interact with clients, traits such as empathy, discretion, and courtesy are all a must.

Additionally, to thrive in this unique work environment, you must be disciplined, capable of collaborating with a team, and comfortable with death. This isn’t an industry for the faint of heart, but it does require compassion. What’s more, you should be prepared to have a flexible schedule as there’s a possibility you’ll need to work evenings and weekends.

Are you looking for a rewarding job that allows you to offer support to others? If so, consider starting a career in the funeral industry. You can begin by finding out what training programs and employment opportunities are available in your area.

 

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4 jobs for animal lovers

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If you have a passion for animals, you may want to consider a career that allows you to care for them. Here are four jobs that might be a good fit.

1. Veterinarian
Veterinary medicine is a fascinating field that requires strong problem-solving, analytical, and interpersonal skills. Whether it’s by administering vaccines or performing surgery, you’ll have the chance to help animals on a daily basis. While many vets treat cats and dogs in private clinics, you could also specialize in working with livestock, horses, exotic animals, or wildlife in a variety of settings.

2. Veterinary technician
As a veterinary technician or technologist, you could assist veterinarians at a private clinic, take care of animals at a shelter or wildlife park, do research in a laboratory, or work for a food inspection agency to help regulate livestock feed. Plus, this profession allows you to pursue an interest in animal medicine without spending several years at a veterinary school.

3. Groomer
Do you want to help pets look their best? As a groomer, you would use a variety of tools and techniques to trim fur, give baths, cut nails, and style coats for dogs of all sizes and breeds. You would also keep an eye out for irritated skin, ear infections, and other health problems that may require a veterinarian’s attention.



4. Pet Sitter
Would you like to get paid to walk dogs, play with cats and feed fish? By providing daily care for pets while their owners are out of town, you’ll have the opportunity to interact with a variety of different species and breeds. Depending on the size of your clientele, you can do this work part-time or full-time. You might even want to consider opening your own animal boarding business.

Does one of these jobs sound right for you? If so, find out what programs and courses are available in your area.

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