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The Wisdom House

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The Wisdom to turn a historic house into something more with help from the SBDC

Veronica Johnson started working with Blue Mountain SBDC Business Advisor Jeff Nelson after she had purchased The Wisdom House — the oldest house within the Historic District of Baker City. It was built in 1878 during the gold rush boom by J.W. Wisdom, one of Oregon’s early senators, with splendor and luxury rarely seen during this era. After 136 years of abuse and neglect, The Wisdom House had turned into an eyesore.

Veronica fell in love with its character and had a dream of restoring this treasure back to its glory. With a lot of hard work, Veronica’s vision became reality and in just one year the community celebrated the grand opening and ribbon cutting. The Wisdom House has been a success ever since, with continuous guest occupancy.

Veronica has participated in several PubTalks and continues to take classes offered by the SBDC to enhance her business acumen, including QuickBooks and Social Media.

“I am lucky to have the opportunity to work with Jeff Nelson from the Blue Mountain SBDC, who quickly guided me in the right direction. SBDC’s continued guidance, positive attitude, and motivation have been a great support to my success,” said Veronica. “Thank you SBDC, as I couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you Jeff Nelson, for being so approachable and believing in my dream of building a successful business”.

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