Reddy Annappareddy was working as an overnight pharmacist when he came up with a way to serve his customers better. Corporate officials at Rite Aid dismissed his ideas so he quit and started his own business with free home delivery. Now it's making money.
Heather and Greg Mroz can certainly appreciate the health care debate. The two have been insured and uninsured at different times in their lives. Earlier this year Greg was laid off. Knowing Heather was pregnant with twins, he arranged to continue their coverage with the same provider. They paid insurance premiums directly to the company. The insurer took the money, but after the delivery, they refused to pay the claim. And it is a lot of money: more than $450,000.
Milton Ochieng grew up in a rural part of Kenya. Even as a youngster, he was aware that people in his community frequently died of preventable diseases. Milton’s father planned to lessen those odds by opening a local health clinic. But before they could lay the first brick his father died unexpectedly.
President Obama recently relaxed federal rules about stem cell research in the U.S. But for many years, Americans wanting to try experimental embryonic stem cell treatment have been traveling abroad. Rusty Leech was in an accident in 1998 that left him paralyzed from the middle of his back down. Since November 2007, Rusty has been to India three times for embryonic stem cell treatment. Also in this episode: Michigan's first gentleman.
When Swedish businessman Lennart Dahlgren moved to Moscow as the first general manager of IKEA in Russia, he had only a vague idea that corruption and bribes were part of doing business there. But Lennart and IKEA had a different idea…be totally transparent and do everything above board. No pay-offs. Lennart is now retired - and he has written a memoir of his time in Russia, called “Despite Absurdity: How I Conquered Russia While It Conquered Me.” Also: Noah Z. Jones goes to Hollywood.
As the recession continues, many businesses that were barely surviving before are finally closing their doors. Milwaukee’s Harry W. Schwartz Books is a recent recession casualty. Co-owner Carol Grossmeyer had to shut the doors a couple of weeks ago. But there’s an upside. Carol was able to sell one of the locations to former manager Lanora Hurley.