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Human courage and ingenuity raise above disabilities

Meet Bill Malleris, an advocate and a builder.

Naperville, Illinois: Bill Malleris builds barrier-free housing for the disabled. When he couldn't find a place in Chicago to live himself, he built Maple Court, a 48-unit residential complex with 20 units designed for people who use wheelchairs or scooters to get around.

The happy part of the story is that Bill was sold out before he even finished the consturction. Meet an entrepreneur-activist and learn how to do good and make a living, too.

Bill Malleris is an activist turned businessman.

Since college he has been preaching about the needs of people with disabilities. His sermon goes something like this: People with disabilities want to work. They don't want to be "taken care of" or felt sorry for. But people with disabilities do need the rest of us to be open to change and to find creative ways to bring them into the workplace.....

Bill's new sermon goes like this: If you have an idea for a business, a disability shouldn't hold you back. Find a need and fill it, get a mentor, access the free and low-cost services from the SBA, start small and network with other small business owners.

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Start a Business

In the opening of every episode of the show (weekly since September 3, 1994) you hear, "Everybody has an idea for a business but how do you take that idea from mind to market. This is the place to learn."

Key Question: How do I start a business?"

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Grow a Business

We all lost over $600 billion last year! Let's regain some integrity and real respect of intellectual property. There is a pandemic of lying, cheating and stealing. The pied pipers of piracy truly have gotten the upper hand.

Key Question: What is a path for growth?

Buy a Business
She bought the ugly duckling nobody wanted.
The location was losing money, but she nurtured her little Chevrolet dealership to health. Everybody gasped; her duckling had become the most beautiful swan in the country! Read Pamela Rodgers' story... how she failed twice and then came back to win.

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Sell a Business
Employee Stock Ownership Programs are a way to take equity out while leaving the operational values in. There are eight ways to exit one's business. At the very beginning we should all have some ideas about what our end game will be. Learn all eight possible ways!

Key Question: Who is the best buyer?


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