I Challenge You To Listen! Building Her Business - The Story of Allison Wright

Real Estate Agent with Starlink Realty

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.


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ella tiu
The Machree Group - Woodstock, NY
Very interesting
Mar 21, 2008 04:36 AM #1
R. B. "Bob" Mitchell - Loan Officer Raleigh/Durham
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Bob Mitchell (NMLS#1046286)

Talk about a "drive way moment"!  That is very cool!  My son works as a waiter in a restaurant  that has a young person who is autistic that works there with them.  Apparently, she's not comfortable with interacting with people that much, but she's happy doing some of the tasks that the waiters don't like doing such as rolling silverware.

I can only imagine how much courage and gumption it must have taken this young lady to over-come her disability in order to seek out and maintain that job.  Allison Wright seems like that kind of person too!

Thanks for the post!


Bob Mitchell

ValueList Real Estate Services, Inc. 


Mar 21, 2008 04:37 AM #2
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