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5 Lessons Learned from a Successful Serial Entrepreneur

5 Lessons Learned from a Successful Serial Entrepreneur

According to the Small Business Administration, only half of all new businesses make it to the five-year mark, and only a third of them survive to reach the 10-year mark. Yet there are people who not only have a successful business, growing it to be a multimillion-dollar company, but that go on to be successful serial entrepreneurs. Figuring out what it takes to have one successful company is a challenge, but doing it more than once is a secret worth sharing.

“I am thrilled to be at the forefront of another successful company that is helping to revolutionize an industry,” explains Tina Aldatz, chief executive officer of SAVVY TRAVELER. “There are many lessons learned about what it takes to be successful in business, and if you can master just a few of them your chances will be that much greater.”

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New Virginia cannabis oil law creates legal challenges


FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA9) -- People with epilepsy in Virginia are now legally allowed to use oil from marijuana plants to help reduce their seizures. But they have no legal way to get it, and they still face the threat of arrest.

Fairfax teenager Jennifer Collins, 15, who uses the oil is grateful lawmakers approved a new law that protects them from prosecution. But she and her mother believe more is needed so that they don't have to break federal and state laws.

Like any teenager, Jennifer loves to hang out with her friends. But her life is far from carefree.

"I could be taken away from my family," Jennifer said through tears.

"No child should have to worry that her mother getting her medicine could put her mother in jail," said Jennifer's mother Beth.

Fairfax County holds forum on police practices


FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA9) -- Dozens of people attended a forum Monday night to discuss the relationship between county police and the community.

The forum, which was sponsored by Fairfax County's Police Practices Review Commission, talked about police brutality, how officers handle those with mental health issues and privacy issues.

The privacy issues where of a particular focus for the ACLU of Virginia. The organization is suing the county over the practice of storing data large amounts collected by license plate readers, even if they're not relevant to any ongoing investigations.

"We think that they should stop assuming everything should be secret, and assume that everything should be open, unless there's a really good reason to keep it confidential," Claire Guthrie Gastañaga, Executive Director of the Virginia ACLU said.

Former Fairfax Co. cop accused of stealing county fuel


FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA9) -- A former Fairfax County police officer is accused of stealing fuel from county pumps for personal use.

Lon Wolber was indicted Monday on charges of felony embezzlement and misuse of public funds after an investigation by county police that dates back to last year.

In October 2014, a county police employee noticed suspicious activity at a county fuel pump location. An investigation into the activity found Wolber had stolen more than 2500 gallons of fuel from county pumps for personal use.

Wolber, who was a Fairfax County Police officer for 28 years, was relieved of his duties and placed on administrative leave. He subsequently retired.

Fairfax County police say the criminal and administrative investigations into Wolber are ongoing.

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Celebrities and the U.S. Government Come Together on World Environment Day

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Fairfax Co jewelry burglar arrested, others sought


FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. (WUSA9) -- Police arrested a 39-year-old man who they believe is connected to at least four high-end jewelry burglary thefts that happened in Fairfax County in May.

Jan Parchewski, 39, of the Chicago area is being charged with burglary and grand larceny in connection with numerous thefts in the Fairfax County area. Police said he may have up to three accomplices, however no other arrests have been made.

The incidents are believed to be targeted at wealthier homes and police say the victims may have been watched by the suspects.

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METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS’ STUDENT to PERFORM in DISNEY’s NEWSIES at NATIONAL THEATRE

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS’ STUDENT  to PERFORM in DISNEY’s NEWSIES at NATIONAL THEATRE

Metropolitan School of the Arts’ (MSA) student, Ben Cook, 17, of Lorton, Va. will perform in the Tony Award®-winning production of Disney’s NEWSIES at National Theatre in Washington, D.C. from June 9 to June 21. Cook is an alumnus of Lorton Station Elementary School in Lorton, Va., where his family still resides. At age 7, Cook began theatre and dance training at Metropolitan School of the Arts in Alexandria, Va., and began to regularly audition for professional theatre at 9 years old. For more information on MSA, go to www.metropolitanarts.org.