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I can’t remember a time when I didn’t believe that I wouldn’t own my own business.  I come from a family of entrepreneurs.  My grandfather started his steel fabricating business in 1945.  As the only male grandchild I was groomed to take over the family business.  I studied Industrial Engineering in college and knew even […]

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As it has been told to me, shortly after I learned to talk I was asking the question why.  According to my mom the topics ranged from why appliances worked the way they did, to the way clothes fit.  The consistent takeaway from my persistent inquisitions was that there must be a better way.  While […]

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Around the age of 11 or 12 my younger sister, Marina and I shared our neighborhood paper route. It was a great “job” that kept us active and got us out and about either on foot or on our bikes each day to deliver the newspapers. We were both clear that the income was in […]

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I’ve always been a freelancer of some sort or another most of my life, so I suppose it makes sense that I still am now. I had a freelance lawn mowing business and snow shoveling business as a kid. I just did it whenever I needed the cash for something I had my eye on. I […]

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Did I have a business as a kid?  When wasn’t I in business as a kid might be the more difficult question. Looking back it seems that I had a pretty crazy understanding of supply and demand when I was in school.  Whether my friends and I were showing off the art box full of […]

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My unofficial business started In 2nd grade. I sold NFL pencils to classmates.  As other team pencils were always in stock, the bookstore would consistently run out of Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboy pencils.  It came down to just selling those two teams and I would charge more for non-sharpened pencils (there was an article […]

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My grandparents had a restaurant as I was growing up.  I played hostess, kitchen manager, table busser, and head maraschino cherry eater.  What I liked to do most was entertain people.  I would just walk up to people’s tables (while they were eating) and tell them a joke.  Not just any standard joke, I had […]

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As a child, I had many failed start-ups… There was the rock stand I set up in front of our house when I was seven.  My mom wouldn’t let me make lemonade and it was too hot to bake cookies, so she told me to be creative.  I brought my small table to our sidewalk, […]

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  I had a lemonade stand and also baby-sat for awhile. I rode horses competitively as a child all the way through college and started teaching riding lessons when I was 16.  While my peers were hanging out on the weekends, I was riding four to five horses a day and teaching lessons in the […]

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In 1958 I was in the 2nd grade in Anderson, Indiana. My brother, who is seven years older, had a newspaper route delivering the Anderson Bulletin,
 an afternoon paper. He gave me a 50-cent piece each week to help him 
deliver over 100 papers every weekday to the households in our 
neighborhood. I don’t suppose […]