Throughout my years of networking I’ve met many small business owners, most of whom wear more than one hat. And by hat, I don’t mean the latest fashion trend that you’ll see more of this summer.
I mean in today’s economy, where people are struggling to find jobs or trying to survive in their current job, they are finding others ways to make extra income. In fact when I first started branching out and attending various mixers, I was known as the mortgage/jewelry girl. The mortgage industry was good to me, however in my downtime I would make jewelry because it was my form of relaxation. Before I knew it people were interested in purchasing my pieces and a business formed.
But the funny thing was, even though mortgages and jewelry didn’t necessarily go hand-in-hand, it worked. Then I met many people who were top executives that did home parties for extra income. Or people who worked for national companies and started their own service-based businesses. Whatever the case, it’s almost the norm right now. We’ve come to expect that, without surprise. And the truth is, more people are branching out not just for income but because we are realizing that inside of us are hidden talents that are usually suppressed and waiting to just burst out. I always feel that letting your creative juices flow is so good for your mind, body, soul and yes, even to line your pockets in some instances.
One person who I’ve gotten to know professionally for many years has always been recognized for her 20-plus years of outstanding service being a corporate meeting planner. Holding a master’s in business administration, Brigantine native Jane Ann Hart continues to provide custom professional meeting services to her clients, which include Johnson & Johnson Sales & Logistics, NovaCare, Nabisco and many more.
But she also has a creative bone in her body. Having an undergraduate degree in creative arts, she would always make her own Christmas cards. This past holiday season, Hart had some leftover cards so she took a shot and sold them at a wine-tasting event inside Laguna Grill in Brigantine. Before she knew it all of them sold out within the hour. That initiated the beginning of a thriving business, JAH Art. Now she can customize cards for anyone.
The cool thing about her cards is that each one has an image of a photograph taken by Jane Ann herself. Most include nature and beautiful scenery of the southern New Jersey shore area, primarily the Brigantine beach. The cards are blank on the inside so you can write whatever you’d like, or have Jane Ann do it for you.
As a freelance writer, Whitney's columns were published in multiple press outlets including: GoJaneNews.com The Atlantic City Weekly New Jersey Lifestyle Magazine & The Boardwalk Journal just to name a few.
She is the former host of the Entertainment Minute which aired on the NBC40 News and was featured twice on FOX's Chasing New Jersey.