Young and aspiring business leaders in the Historic Triangle will soon be able to benefit from leadership training and educational opportunities when new group ASPIRE Young Professionals of the Greater Williamsburg Business Council launches March 1.
As Business Council Interim Executive Director Terry Banez explained at an EDA business roundtable luncheon last month, two existing associations for young business leaders will be combined to form a single overarching group for young people in the area interested in business to network and foster professional development.
ASCEND of Williamsburg, formed by the Chamber and Tourism Alliance, is merging with Young Emerging Professionals, another local group. ASCEND was formed by the Alliance last year, while YEP first formed in 2007.
“They are our leaders of the future, so this is really important for us,” Banez said at the January luncheon. “It will grow the membership and become the best in the state, that’s what we’re aiming for.”
The new group will become an official committee of the Business Council as part of the merger, according to a news release from the Chamber and Tourism Alliance. Board Chairwoman Jeanne Zeidler appointed Yuri Adams, economic development specialist with the city’s Economic Development Authority, as the group’s first chairwoman.
Carter Johnson, Chamber and Tourism Alliance manager of social media and web design, will serve as the group’s liaison to the Business Council.
“I have been a part of YEP for five years and I know I can speak for the rest of the board when I say supporting and bringing together young professionals is a paramount and a true passion for everyone involved,” former YEP President Eliza Hernandez said in the release. “We are all so excited for ASPIRE to launch and can’t wait for all that is in store.”
A kickoff event for ASPIRE is tentatively planned for mid to late March. For more information, visit williamsburgcc.com/aspire.
Free preschool passes for Busch Gardens and Water Country USA’s upcoming summer season are now available.
Parents can redeem two-park passes for children ages 3-5 at no cost through the Busch Gardens website. The passes is valid for unlimited visits to the two amusement parks between March 23 to October 27, 2019.
Parents will be required to present proof of their child’s age at the time of redemption in the form of a birth certificate or passport. School IDs or children social security IDs will not be accepted as proof, according to the Busch Gardens website.
The deadline to complete registration and redeem preschool passes is May 31. The two-park preschool pass does not include parking fees.
Busch Gardens Williamsburg opens March 23, while Water Country USA will open May 18. To register for a preschool pass, visit bit.ly/2Ei4qO1.
Busch Gardens is also looking to fill nearly 1,000 open seasonal and part-time positions across the two local parks in preparation for the upcoming 2019 season.
Busch Gardens and Water Country are seeking applicants for spring and summer positions in their operations, culinary services, merchandise and games departments. Open positions include line cooks, lifeguards, ride attendants and security ambassadors, according to a news release.
“Whether you’re looking for your first job or considering a career in this industry, our parks offer a fantastic opportunity,” Greg Talley, senior leader of Human Resources for Busch Gardens and Water Country USA, said in the release.
Interested applicants can visit bgwjobs.com to view available positions and apply online. Applications are also accepted in person at the Busch Gardens Human Resources Employment Office, which is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more information, email BGWjobs@BuschGardens.com or call 757-253-3063.
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