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Starting A Business During A Pandemic

After serving our country for over 25 years in the United States Air Force I returned to the Upstate in 2018 with my husband, Jay, and our two dogs, Daisy and Max. Our only daughter joined us shortly after and now the Racine family is finding a forever home in my native South Carolina.

We decided almost a year ago that it was time for me to use all the education and practical leadership training I gained throughout my active duty career and use it as fuel for my passion for real estate by opening a Property Management company serving the Greenville and Easley housing market areas. I was teaching JROTC at the time and wanted to fulfill my commitment to Greenville County Schools and to my cadets by finishing out my teaching contract for the 2019-2020 school year. While doing so I completed all of the requirements to become a certified Property Manager-in-Charge in South Carolina and started building the foundation for my future company. Who would have imagined in July 2019 how much things would change over the course of one year!

So what do you do when a global pandemic disrupts 'normal' life? You pivot and re-think how you will open your business.

Did I imagine renting/purchasing commercial space to use for my office? I did. But after teaching from home for 3+ months, I realized I was more than capable of working from home. Did I dream about all the networking events I would attend prior to opening where I could re-integrate myself professionally in a place I had left over 27 years ago? Absolutely I did!! Luckily I reached out to our local Chambers of Commerce and was welcomed with open arms and virtual networking options. I look forward to the continued opportunities the Greenville and Easley Chambers of Commerce hold to educate and assist small business owners, helping us all adapt to this ever changing environment.

On Monday we will officially 'open' the doors of Racine Properties, LLC with the mission of providing superior customer service focused on maximizing owners' residential real estate investments while treating every home as if it were our own. We are a military family, strong in values and grit. We are excited to build our future here in the Upstate. We look forward to working with you!

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