O.k. ActiveRainers I challenge you to listen to the story of Allison Wright below. I know we have our days, when nothing seems to go right. When we are farther from a sale, a client, or a listing than we have ever been. When we wake up in the morning and just don't feel like getting out of bed, or even turning on a computer. When prospecting, farming, and even sending out a postcard just doesn't seem like we are accomplishing anything.
So here is the story of Allison Wright and her father Edward. I came accross their story while listening to NPR on a long ride. After listening I just couldn't find a way to complaint about whatever life has thrown at me, and started looking at the positives with the heart and the smile of Allison.
Building Her Business
Allison Wright runs her own framing business. She also has Down syndrome. New government programs are now encouraging people with disabilities to work while they continue to receive federal support. In the past, disabled people who earned income were penalized by having their benefits withheld. Allison and and her dad, Edward, started a micro-business inside Edward's framing company. They got a micro-loan from the government, which Allison used to buy a specialized carving tool. Her next step was to hire her first employee, a business manager.
Allison and company now pitch new clients, fulfill orders, and design new products. Dick Gordon talks with them about the challenges and rewards of their new enterprise.