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On turning one's passion into a business

Index of a few letters by topic and author

Topic                   Focus / Author               Episode

Critics                Internet / Gloria              Internet Basics
                          Mo's / Joseph                  Mo's

Education          College / Thomson           Favorites #1 & #2
                          HS / Coyman                   Related episode
                          HS / Bonetti                     Chocolate Crickets
                          Learn from All           

Help!                 Internet / Bernadette    Staying Power

Indexes             Index of Learning Companies

Industries          Type of Business:  Restaurants

Key Ideas          Cash Flow / Gardiner       Many
                          Compensation                  Many
                          Financials / Stickney         Related episode
                          GPS-based Cities              $0-to-$1B
                          Incubators / Shamiso
                          Podcasts / Gardiner
                          Retirement / Anderson
                          Services  (Professsional)   Many
                          Advertising, Architecture, Animation, Design
                          SWOT Analysis / Anderson           

Paths & Steps   An Idea / Jason
                         Start Up / Cope

Producers         We are all Producers

Thanks              From Cliff Prescott, Fat Towels

Open letters

8 August 2011: Five Ideas to Create Jobs!

2 August 2011:  We all must participate (to Barack Obama)

25 July 2011:  Open letter to Nick Kristof, Bonuses for Billionaires

60/60:  A Proposed Beginning for GPS-based Cities
Also, referred to as Priceless-Cheap Real Estate.  This letter might be considered the simple beginning of a  Billion-Dollar Idea.

January 2009: letter to President Barrack Obama
Encourage the unemployed to start a business

Hugh McColl, Jr., former Chairman of Bank of America
on "60 Minutes" says there is nothing good about being small.

New York Times Launches Small Business Video
based entirely on the Small Business School episodes
Stephen Hawking and Len Mlodinow's Grand Design
It is not as grand as they think.

On turning one's passion into a business

May 10, 2007

Dear Mr. Camber,

I was deeply pleased one morning when I awoke extremely early and stumbled down stairs to work on some tea related things and as I turned on the TV I found your small business school program, which intrigued my interest. As I sat there warmed by my fireplace and sipping tea, the TV business class was just what I need to re-energize my mind and get back to work on my business plans and strategies.

Tea is my passion and joy.  Tea brings solace, peace, energy and life back into us; and these days, we need that every moment. I love to share what I know with everyone.  

Have you ever been to a tea tasting? This is a great way to experiment with tea and taste different ones. This is a very important aspect to my tea company. I hold tea tastings in people's homes with several of their friends; it's fun and tasty. It's kind of like a wine-tasting experience without the alcohol. A tea experience tends to be enlightening to most as they are not aware of the many flavors and liquors of tea.

Michele Cope
Alternateave Tea Company

Response from a Newbie Among Tea Drinkers

May 10, 2007

Hi Michelle -
Welcome to Small Business School.  I am a relative newbie within the tea world. I got tired of coffee -- just stopped tasting good -- even from Starbucks, so I tried their Chai Tea.  It was too good to be true.  It had to be 50% sugar.  But, it was enough to get me going.  That was about a year ago.
I then started buying Tazo Chai Tea (loose leaves) and became quite good at it.  I wrote to the Tazo folks to see if they were as lovely as their boxes indicated and discovered Starbucks!  What a business story they are!    By the way my Chai tea was made using a little maple syrup for sweetener.  So good.   
I then tried Revolution, Stash Chai, Bija Green Tea Chai, Bigelow Spiced Chai, Twinings Chai, Republic Chai, Karen Krasne's Honeybush Masala Chai... enough already.  I then began doing Rooibos.  Then Uncle Lee's Green from Fu-Jian, China.  Then a friend sent me 103 King's Tea.  All quite fascinating...
Now what?
So, it is with great anticipation that we welcome a tea expert to Small Business School.  I look forward to your advice on my next tea acquisition!  
Bruce (and Hattie!  She says, "Welcome! Congratulations on starting a business around your passion and expertise.")