Remember, today is National Mom and Pop Business Day!

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I mentioned it on Sunday, when I reported that it was "Make up your own holiday" day... but thought I'd mention it again for those who missed it.

Today is great day to send a quick email to friends and clients who run "Mom and Pop" businesses - telling them that it's their special day. While you're at it, you can thank them for being a part of the "backbone" that still makes this country great.

My special thanks today go to an unusual Mom and Pop business. In fact, it might be one-of-a-kind.Nye Viking Telegraph Key

My friends Bill and Sally Nye are the sole proprietors (and sole employees) of a company called Nye Viking - and they make telegraph keys.

Ham radio operators use them, but for the most part, these keys are in use by our military men and women overseas. Anywhere in the world where we have troops on the ground in dangerous situations, Nye Viking keys are there too.

Nye Viking has led the field in telegraph keys for many years, and there's even one of their creations in the Smithsonian Museum!

Honor yourself today, too!

And of course - since YOU are a small business (whether you're the Mom or the Pop, or the Mom and Pop team) you need to pat yourself on the back today too.

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Rainer
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Matt Kirkpatrick
Washington, PA

I wish I would have known this earlier.  I just got done shopping at Target.

Mar 29, 2011 09:19 AM #1
Rainmaker
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Matt - Would you have shopped somewhere else?

Mar 29, 2011 09:30 AM #2
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Bill Burchard
3B Realty: 951-347-3818, CA - Murrieta, CA
Broker, Realtor, Representing Buyers and Sellers

Good evening, Marte. Excellent localism post... and what a cool product! I had no idea that telegraph keys were still made.

Mar 29, 2011 01:06 PM #3
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Marte Cliff
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Bill - I didn't either, until I met Bill and Sally about 15 years ago. The scary part is, we always know when the government is planning something, because they get a large order for keys.

Mar 29, 2011 02:45 PM #4
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Barbara Hensley
RE/MAX Properties - Rockwall, TX
Homes for Sale in Rockwall County, Texas

Marte - how interesting!  Who knew....telegraph keys!!!   I love the Mom & Pop business establishments and always try to business with them first if possible.

Mar 31, 2011 03:18 PM #5
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Barbara - If I hadn't gotten acquainted with Bill and Sally I wouldn't have realized that there are still folks who play with ham radios - and I SURE wouldn't have known that the military was still using telegraph keys.

Apparently, they're safer than any other form of communication when it comes to enemies being able to intercept and de-code messages.

Mar 31, 2011 03:59 PM #6
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