Friday, September 16, 2011

Passion, capitalism, and small bidnesses...

While we were away on our runawayfromhome vacation...we stopped at this hole in the wall (literally, you ordered at a window) hot dog place. Mostly because it was random looking and had a huge line of locals. That's always a good sign. We had a reuben there that was actually pretty good. As usual, I have no pictures of the food. 
While we were waiting for the sandwich, I was captivated by this huge billboard next to the order window that had all kinds of business cards. I  confess I was looking for designs/ideas/geniusness to steal. But I was struck by how they were all small businesses. 
Dog walkers, a/c repair, plumbers, hair stylists, etc. And the cool thing about some of them is that I know the person behind it had a dream or an idea or saw a need and knew they could fill vacant space with their idea or dream or skill. And more than just fill the space...they could pay their bills and feed their families. There was one woman who's card said "Chelsea's Passion." I am not sure what exactly she did...but her business name was so fantastic and said it all. 
I have the utmost respect for hard working people, and I have even more respect for small business owners. I don't think there is another country now or ever where you can so easily imagine something, make it happen, and make money doing it. 
So much opportunity in this country...someone I know (and heart) said one time that if you are willing to work hard enough you can build an empire in this country. 
I say amen to that.

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