Twenty years ago, Donna Ambrogio and her husband opened a sandwich shop. Years passed and Donna’s life at the restaurant was basically the same. That is until about three years ago, when divorce caused her world to spiral upside down and sideways. When the dust settled, Donna was left with a business in shambles. Back taxes, unpaid bills, and an inconsistent customer base were among the most obvious problems. A complete overhaul was needed and with no time to waste, it would be trial by fire.
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The now 10-year-old five-employee business, born out of a passion for binding and bending steel to obey Jerado's creative demands, was frequently busy yet barely yielding a profit. Several long introspective conversations with Joyce, his wife of 25 years, led them to consider a change in operations and yet another bold but calculated risk. Under their new plan, she would leave her full-time job as an assistant nursing director and join him full-time in the daily operation of the business.
It's amazing what can inspire people. For some, it may be the works of a master artist or poet, a majestic landscape, or the rising and setting of the sun. For Shana Sureck, it was a small advertisement in a New York theatre playbill that changed her life.
It's widely accepted that the definition of an entrepreneur is "one who creates and or operates a business or businesses, and is responsible for greater than normal financial risk". Hopefully the person enjoys the rewards. To succeed, especially in today's economy, you have to have the stomach for it; intestinal fortitude, vision, perseverance, and a champion's spirit. Vivian Akuoko has all of that, and then some.
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New England winters got Dotti Cannon into cooking. She is not a fan of cold weather, so while her brothers and sisters were out building snowmen and throwing snowballs, she stayed inside helping her mother and grandmother cook.
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