Dick speaks with Angie Hicks about how the business got started - door to door with just a handful of subscribers. Angie had little knowledge about home repairs but she learned and amassed a great Rolodex, and that's how the company grew.
Greg Morelli is the co-owner (with his brother) of Joey's Brickhouse, a successful restaurant in Chicago. Dick Gordon listens in as Greg and two of his managers, Lori Coleman and Johnny Ferguson, joke about the risks, wrestle with the costs, and try to figure out how they can make health insurance work at the Brickhouse.
Like many of today's veterans, Brian Iglesias came home from the war expecting to put his skills as a Marine to good use in the civilian workforce. That didn't happen. Despite his high academic achievements and military honors, Brian struggled to find an entry-level job. Brian eventually realized he had to go it alone and become an entrepreneur.
Last April, the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded and spewed 4.9 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. We listen to a range of voices today, from the trouble shooter in charge to the watermen. Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen is the man who gave daily reports on the many attempts to stop the leak. And for about 4 months last spring and summer he wasn’t just reporting the news of the spill: he was the news. Also in this episode, Byron Encalade is the president of the Louisiana Oystermen Association. Both he and his brother Stanley Encalade were counting on big hauls from their oysters beds ... just before the well blew.
Tom Mylan was a vegetarian before he became interested in the many ways a piece of beef can be butchered and eaten. Now, Mylan is obsessed with knowing the farm - and farmer - raising his beef, and gives sold-out cutting classes at his Brooklyn butcher shop the Meat Hook.
Tom Keithdied last week, and was the sound effects man for A Prairie Home Companion. His fellow sound man, Fred Newman, says Tom kept a pair of shoes hanging around his neck and could make the perfect footsteps, faltering or robust.
Tomorrow in Providence, Julie Sygiel is presenting a line of lingerie at the city's StyleWeek. Sexy Period is for women to wear during "that time of the month." The business idea came about during a class on entrepreneurship. Julie and her partner, Eunice Png, won a number of business contests - and learned how to talk about their product with all kinds of people, including men in suits. Just a couple of years out of college, Julie has investors and she's almost ready to launch.
Less than a year ago, Bill Caswell wore a suit and tie to work as a banker. He was laid off last May, and now Bill’s living his dream of street car rally racing. He recently entered the WRC Corona Rally in Mexico. Also in this episode, Dan and Sue Randle have opened a new business: a kayak polo club.
Derek Monroe wasa business consultant brokering deals between U.S. and foreign companies. He enjoyed the work, but things changed when a U.S. client used Derek as a pawn to dupe a Japanese businessman who Derek respected.
These are uncertain days for the car industry. President Obama was at a GM plant on Friday talking about what the government has done to help troubled U.S. manufacturers. One place the car industry is growing is in the American South - but it's not American carmakers. In Mississippi, Barry Emison trains the next generation of Toyota workers. In Georgia, Chris Frost works for a local Kia auto plant supplier.