Ronda is a mom of three and grandmother of three. “I was a young mom at age 15 and raised three beautiful kids. I wanted to be a nurse however I had kids that I needed to support so I got my CNA and went to work at a local memory care facility,” she says.
Over the next year, she worked her way up becoming the VP of Operations of a large long-term care facility overseeing multiple care facilities in both Oregon and California. In 2008, Ronda partnered with two other women to acquire a 100-bed care facility which she owned and managed for the next eight years. Since she had found success in health care, she never went back to school.
Over the next two years, Ronda spent time traveling and rebuilding her life. In the fall of 2016 she decided look for a business to purchase and stumbled across Sam’s on Franklin. “I have always wanted to own a bar so I thought I’d give it a shot! I am having a great time and can’t wait for the challenges to come,” she says.
Ronda loves the outdoors, backpacking, hiking, running, traveling, CrossFit, and gardening. Some of her most memorable travels are trekking to Everest Base Camp in Nepal and lying on the beach in Belize.
“Currently I am in a wonderful relationship that brings me another child I am honored to be “mommy #2” for. She loves coming into the restaurant for fries and to help with dishes.
Her biggest business struggle has been finding quality staff as well as learning that you can’t please everyone in the service industry. She loves working for herself because she loves the flexibility and control she has over her own schedule. She also likes the freedom of being able to make the decisions she feels are right for her customers, her staff and herself.
She advises new business owners to do thorough due diligence and to have a realistic business plan. “Include appropriate people (accountant, attorney, etc.) to help you analyze the numbers and provide feedback on your business plan. Talk to others in the industry and research, research, research!”
She says her biggest accomplishment is raising her kids as a young mom and becoming a business owner at the age of 32.
She’s excited to be a member of the MOB to show that you can do anything you want and to help other moms realize their potential! “I don’t care about your education, upbringing, money, or social status, if you want it, go make it happen,” she says.
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