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The media's focus on the dark side of life effects all of us.

"I wouldn't do it again...  it's so hard"


Joe Dannis, California's Small Business Person of the Year

San Diego: What are the most commonly used languages in the USA? Answer: English, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Hindi, French, German, then ASL. Yes, ASL. American Sign Language.

No less than 500,000 and as many as 2.5 million people use ASL every day. In this episode of the show language is subtlety transformed into hand, finger, body and facial combinations.

Take away any one of the basic senses and deep-seated creative power within the human mind is enlivened and focused interiority awakens. With today's micro-technologies, the deaf and blind are teaching us all about subtleties within language and our skills to communicate it. Here we meet extraordinary people in the midst of a revolution.

Joe Dannis is an advocate for American Sign Language. The Small Business Person of the Year from the State of California, Joe Dannis started DawnSignPress in 1979. He has always been out on the edge... being the first to advocate something new. Joe and his team publish materials to teach sign language for the deaf. Although he publishes videos and books for both children and adults, his biggest customers are schools and universities that offer courses in American Sign Language (ASL).

Today you'll meet Joe Dannis. He is one tough businessman, but he remembers nine very lonely years in the beginning. If he had to do it all over again, he probably would not. Learn from someone who has been over the hot coals and whose wisdom runs deep.

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Hattie Bryant, creator and producer, reacts to today's headlines from a small business owner's point of view.

Today:  Prepare for bumps in the road.

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Bruce Camber, founder and executive producer, writes about first principles of business and life.  Today:  "Phishing, Phishers, and Phreaks"

Too much of television and the cinema encourage exploitive thinking. There is far too little from the media that explores creativity, insightful thinking, integrity, and courage. Meet some of those folks with integrity and courage... all from 14 years of weekly television productions that first aired on PBS-member stations in the USA and then the Voice of America around the world.


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Out of over 300 interviews, you can meet many SBA national winners right here. These people were the Small Business Person of the Year from their home state. See and hear them reflect on their successes, failures, and more within  videos from 14 years of weekly television productions airing on PBS stations in the USA and the Voice of America around the world.

Create an account, then log on. Notice "My Profile" is added to the top navigation bar (also called the header). Cursor over it;  and from the drop down menu,  please click on "Basic Information." Add your business URL, city and state so both you and your business are listed and linked within the Small Business Index of Learning Companies  (More). 

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This business revolution is truly changing our world:


Start a Business
Homepage. Meet Ruth Ellen and Jack Miller, the Small Businesspersons of the Year from the State of Delaware.  Jack tells us all to take a quantum leap!
» Prepare for a long ramp-upl
» Learn about Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights
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Key Question: How do I start a business?"
$ Consideration: A Reality Check before the start. Answer tough questions now; spare the agony later.

Pamela Rodgers

Grow a Business
Homepage: Meet Pamela Rodgers of Woodhaven, Michigan. She bought a failed car dealership and turned it into one of the highest-rated in the USA. She says, "MaKe service the backbone of your business.". She adds:
» Do what others won't do
» Keep growing
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Key Question: What is a path for growth?
$ Consideration: A Guided Study to Prioritize Growth


Buy a Business
Homepage:  Meet one of the Small Business Persons of the Year from the State of Oregon,  Cindy McEntee of Mo's Chowder in Newport.  She recommends:
» Implement cost accounting
» Put the kids through the school of hard knocks
» Seven more Key Ideas and Videos

Key Question: Who is the best buyer?

Andy Wilson

Sell a Business
Homepage Meet Andy Wilson.  He was the Small Businessperson of the Year for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  To raise the money to launch his business, he sold a piece of the action right from the start-up. He also prepared his employees to buy him out.
» Find money to match your dream
» Be #1 - Earn your market position by being the best
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Key Question: What is your exit strategy?