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VCA Maple Shade Animal Hospital
VCA Maple Shade, Business Manager:
For Amanda Pierce, it’s all about relationships.
Pierce, who has been employed at the animal hospital for 16 years (it’s been in operation for 35 years), said she decided on her career in part to be supportive.
“I wanted to help the people and their pets by helping to educate clients on choosing best medicine and lifestyle for their furry family member,” Pierce said. “I also want to create an empowering and fun place for my team to work.”
She said what is unique about the hospital is the way people and animals are treated when they walk (or fly, hop, or slither) in the door.
“The pet’s health is our top priority and excellent customer service is our goal,” Pierce said. “Every team member genuinely cares about our clients and patients as if they are family.”
She said she would recommend Maple Shade to someone looking to open a business here.
“It’s a nice town with friendly people,” Pierce said.
She noted she is a member of the Maple Shade Business Association because “it is important to support local businesses,” adding that the greatest challenge to Maple Shade businesses is online shopping.
A native of Bayville, N.J. (“I love the beach, it is in my soul!”), Pierce graduated from Central Regional High School and, later, Ocean County College.
A Medford resident for nine years, she spends her spare time spending time with her family, seeing Broadway shows, going to the beach, vacationing, reading, learning history, crafting, going to the movies, and interior decorating.
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Owner and creative director at Amped to Dance Dana Marie Randolph said the most important thing she’s learned when it comes to business is persistence.
“Never give up,” she said. “Even when enrollment is low and quotas are missed as long as I keep believing and working towards the vision everything will work out.
“I can’t give up because there is no plan B,” Randolph added. “I must continue to put everything I have in making the dream I have a reality.”
Amped to Dance opened in Maple Shade in July of this year.
“I’ve been professionally training in various styles of dance since the age four,” Randolph said. “After years of teaching at community centers in Philadelphia my passion for music, movement, and teaching collided together as the vision of helping people express themselves through dance came to life.”
So, what’s unique about her business?
“Amped to Dance is the dance studio where passion meets movement,” Randolph said. “We pride ourselves on fostering self-confidence and creativity through dance in each and every person we encounter.
“Amped to Dance is more than a business, even more than a dance school,” she added. “We are a place that encourages self-expression, healing, and love through creative arts.”
Randolph said she would recommend Maple Shade to someone looking to open a business here “because the town is very welcoming.” Also, she said It was a fairly simple process to get started.
She said it has been pleasant being a member of the Maple Shade Business Association.
“I am a member of MSBA because I’d like to learn and grow as a business owner in this town,” Randolph said. “I want to ensure the success of my business and what better way to be a part of a community of like-minded people.
“There are also so many qualities that I possess that may meet the needs of my fellow business owners,” she added.
Randolph grew up in Philadelphia and graduated from Temple University with a BA in communications and Lincoln University with a MEd degree.
She said she and her family have lived in Maple Shade since May 2019.
In her spare time, Randolph enjoys spending quality, “silly” time with her family, exploring new restaurants, reading, and writing.