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The key foundation of a democracy: ethics

Capital and the American Revolution

July 4, 1776

Washington, DC: Let us all examine the foundations of freedom and justice, and the self-evident and deep-seated truths about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Meet Michael Novak, a man whose life study is of the foundations of government systems that work. And here he discovered small business has the heart and spirit that sustains and nurtures democratic capitalism.   Michael Novak strikes deep into the heart of public debate about what works and what doesn't work within economic systems, and he says that small business owners are demonstrators. They're on the front lines, risking and fighting the good fight every day. Small business owners take lofty principles and reduce them to nitty-gritty practice.

As a people, the debate about capitalism should no longer be the domain of economists. We all need to grapple with the first principles of ethics, economics, and government. Virtually overnight globalization is a reality and belief systems are butting against one another, often shredding civility and undermining any inherent ethics and morality.

Each of us needs to engage in the historic debate about economic models. What works? What is good for people? Is this singular focus on "Return to Shareholders" a truncation of capitalism? Do we need to be looking at a more balanced model that includes more than the growth of the bottom line?

What is the hope of the future? We profoundly believe it has a lot to do with small business and individual initiatives; yet here, we simply open our dialogue and begin to chart a new course. 

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Ethics, deep integrity,  unlocks the cherished principles of a democracy -- individual freedom (privacy), equality of all people (justice). majority rule (authority) with minority rights and the necessity of compromise  (responsibility).  All are necessarily  derivative of ethics.  To unlock the power  within this framework of concepts requires ownership, particularly business ownership. It is the path to economic independence.    Homepage

People on this television show are loved within their community and respected in their industry. Watch and listen for their insights and wisdom. From profiles of business owners prepared for PBS television, you get the real story of how a person started then grew a strong company. Learn how to plant, grow and harvest your dreams.  Innovate  Antithesis

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There are always four paths to walk and eight steps to climb:


Start a Business

In the opening of every episode of the show (weekly since September 3, 1994) you hear, "Everybody has an idea for a business but how do you take that idea from mind to market. This is the place to learn."

Key Question: How do I start a business?"


Grow a Business

Let's regain some integrity and real respect of intellectual property. There is a pandemic of lying, cheating and stealing. The pied pipers of piracy have gotten the upper hand.

Key Question: What is a path for growth?

Buy a Business
She bought the ugly duckling nobody wanted.
The location was losing money, but she nurtured her little Chevrolet dealership to health. Everybody gasped; her duckling had become the most beautiful swan in the country! Read Pamela Rodgers' story... how she failed twice and then came back to win.


Sell a Business
Employee Stock Ownership Programs are a way to take equity out while leaving the operational values in. There are eight ways to exit one's business. At the very beginning we should all have some ideas about what our end game will be. Learn all eight possible ways!

Key Question: Who is the best buyer?

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