CHICAGO (Reuters) – Kent Holiday was just looking to start his own education business. In the process he also helped turnaround the fortunes of a school in a rural Wyoming community.
In late 2005, Holiday got serious about launching an English-language training venture he had been kicking around for years. He left a successful telecoms career in Korea and moved his family back to his wife’s hometown of Ten Sleep – population 304.
CHICAGO (Reuters) – When Dolly Claxton needs help selling a house in a down market, she turns to St. Joseph. The Seattle-area realtor admitted to occasionally planting a statuette of the religious icon in the ground under a property she’s trying to move.
“Everybody here on earth needs a little help,” said Claxton, who has been selling residential properties for 30 years through good times and bad. “For the most part I believe it’s worked.”
CHICAGO (Reuters) – As a small business owner Nancy Rhodes is always looking for a bargain. So with a commercial real estate crisis gripping her hometown of Phoenix, she took advantage of desperate landlords to open a temporary store with a short-term lease and a steep discount on rent.
“I’m cheap, I’m really cheap,” said Rhodes, whose 21-year-old business, Furniture Affair, gleans couches, chairs, tables and other goods from model homes and retailers looking to unload floor samples. “It was a very aggressive offer. I said ‘I’ll pay it right now, all of it, take it or leave.’ And they took it.”