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Now, the VOA SE program, words and their stories.

There are many special terms in the word of business, the following story is about a sweetheart deal which are made last week.

I made a deal with a friend, and we both made a profit. I had started a small company several years ago. I worked hard to make it successful. It was a signe making business. It was a small company, not a blue chip company. It was not known nationally for the quality of the signs, it did not make millions of dollars in profits, and it was quiet, it was not a public company with shares traded on the stock market.

Still, I worked hard building up my business, I did not work only few hours each day, no bankers hours for me. Instead, I spent many hours each day, seven days a week, trying to grow the company. I never cut corners, or try to save on expenses. I made many cold calls, I called on possible buyers from a list of people I had never seen. Such calls for often part sells, I had to be very firm. Sometimes I sold my signs at a loss, I did not make money on my product. When this happened, there were cut backs, I had to use fewer supplies and reduce the number of workers.

But after several years, the company broke even, profits were eaqual to expenses. And soon after, I began to gain ground. My signs were selling very quickly. They were selling by Hutkicks. I was happy, the company was moving foward, and making progress. It was in the black, not in the red. The company is making money, not lossing it.

My friend knew about my business, he is a leader in the sign making industry, a real big gun if you know what I mean. He offered to buy my company. My friend wanted to take it public. He wanted to sell shares in the company to the general public. My friend believed it was best to strike where the iron is hot. He wanted to take action at the best time possible and not wait.

He offered me a bar part estimate of the melt he would pay to buy my company. But I knew his uneducated gass was low, my company was woth much more. He asked to use been counter to crunch the numbers, that is, he asked his acountant to take a close look at the finances of my company, and decied how much it was woth. Then, my friend increased his offer. My friends offial offer with finally given to me in black and white. It was written on paper and more than I ever dreamed.

I was finally able to get a break, I made a huge profit on my company, and my friend also got a bank for a bark. He got a successful business for the money he aspect.

It's VOA SE program words and their story, writen by Jonh Loss, I'm F.B.
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Now the VOA special English program words and their stories
there are many special terms in the world of business.The following story is about a sweetheart deal which I made last week.I made the deal with a friend and we both made profits.

I had started a small company several years ago.I worked hard to make it successful.It was a sign making business.It was a small company ,not a blue chip company.It was not known nationally for the quality of the signs.It did not make millions of dollars in profits and it was private.It was not a public company with shares treated on the start market.Still,I worked hard building up my business.I did not work only a few hours each day,no hours for me.Instead ,I spend many hours each day,seven days a week ,try to grow the company.I never cut corners and try to save the expenses.I made many cold calls.I called on the possible buyers from a list of peolple I had never seen.Such calls were often hard sells.I had to be very firm.

Sometimes I sold my signs at a loss.I did not make money on my product.When this happened,there were cut backs.I had to use fewer supplies and reduce a number of workers.But after several years, the company broke even.Profits were equal to expenses.

And soon after ,I began to gain ground.My signs were selling very quickly.they were selling like .I was happy.The company was moving forward and making real progress.It was in the black ,not in the red.The company was making money, not losing it.

My friend knew about my business.He is a leader in the sign making industry.A real big gun, if you know what i mean.He offered to buy my company.My friend wanted to take it public.He wanted to sell in the company to the general public.My friend believe it was best to strike while the air is hard.He wanted to take action at the best time possible and not wait.He offered me the amount he will pay to buy my company.But I knew his uneducated guess was low.My company was worth much more.He asked his counter to the numbers,that is he asked his accountant to take a close look at the fine answer of my companyand decide how much it is worth .Then my friend increased his offer.

My friend official offer was finally given to me in black and white.It was witten on paper and more than I ever dreamt.I was finally able to get a break.I made a huge profit on my company and my friend also got a bank He got a successful business for the money he spent.
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Now the VOA Special English program Words and Stories.
There are many special terms in the world of business. The following story is about a sweetheart deal which I made last week. I made the deal with a friend. And we both made profit. I had started a small company several years ago. I worked hard to make it successful. It was a sign-making business. It was a small company ,not a blue-chip company. It was not known nationally for the quality of its signs. It did not make millions of dollars in profits. And it was private. It was not a public company which shares traded on the stockmarket. Still I worked hard building up my business. I did not work only a few hours each day, no banker's hours for me. Instead ,I spent many hours each day, seven days a week trying to grow the company. I never cut corners or tried to save on expenses. I made many cold calls. I called on possible buyers from a list of people I had never seen. Such calls were often hard sells. I had to be very firm. Sometimes I sold my signs at a loss. I did not make money on my product. When this happened, there were cutbacks. I had to use fewer supplies and reduce the number of workers. But after several years, the company broke even. Profits were equal to expenses. And soon after, I began to gain ground. My signs were selling very quickly. They were selling like hotcakes. I was happy the company was moving forward and making real progress. It was in the black not in the red. The company was making money not losing it. My friend knew about my business. He is leader in the sign-making industry,a real big gun. If you know what I mean. He offered to buy my company. My friend wanted it to take it public. He wanted to sell shells in the company to the general public. My friend believes it was best to strike while the iron is hot. He wanted to take action at best time possible and not wait. He offered me a ball part estimate of amount he would pay to buy my company. But I knew his uneducated guess was low. My company was worth much more. He asked his bean-counter to crunch the numbers. That is he asked his accountant to take a close look at the finances of my company and decided how much it was worth. Then my friend increased his offer. My friend's official offer was finally given to me in black and white. It was written on paper and more than I ever dreamed. I was finally able to get a break. I made a huge profit on my company. And my friend also got a bang for the buck. He got a successful business for the money he spent.

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Now the VOA Special English Programme--- Words and Their Stories.
There are many special terms in the world of business. The following story is about a sweetheart deal which I made last week. I made the deal with a friend and we both make profit. I had started a small company several years ago, I worked hard to make it successful. It was a sign making business. It was a small company, not a blue chip company. It was not known nationally for the quality of its signs; it did not make millions of dollars in profits, and it was private, it was not a public company with shares traded on the stock market. Still, I worked hard building up my business. I did not work only a few hours each day, no banker's hours for me; instead, I spent many hours each day, seven days a week trying to grow the company. I never cut corners or try to save on expenses. I made many cold calls. I called on possible buyers from a list of people I had never seen. Such calls were often hard sells. I had to be very firm. Sometimes I sold my signs at a loss. I did not make money on my product. When this happened, there were cutbacks. I had to use fewer supplies and reduce the number of workers. But after several years, the company broke even, profits were equal to expenses, and soon after, I began to gain ground. My signs were selling very quickly. They were selling like hotcakes. I was happy my company was moving forward and making real progress. It was in the black, not in the red. The company was making money, not losing it. My friend knew about my business. He is a leader in the sign making industry. The real big gut, if you know what I mean. He offered to buy my company, my friend wanted to take it public; he wanted to sell shares in the company to the general public. My friend believed it was best to strike while the iron is hot. He wanted to take action at the best time possible, and not wait. He offered me a bull park estimate of the amount he would pay to buy my company, but I knew his uneducated guess was low, my company was worth much more. He asked his dean counter to crunch the numbers, that is he asked his accountant to take a close look at the finances of my company and decide how much it was worth. Then my friend increased his offer. My friend’s official offer was finally given to me in black and white. It was written on paper, and more than I ever dreamed. I was finally able to get a break. I made a huge profit on my company, and my friend also got a bang for the buck--- he got a successful business for the money he spent.
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Now the VOA Special English Programme--- Words and Their Stories.
There are many special terms in the world of business. The following story is about a sweetheart deal which I made last week. I made the deal with a friend and we both made a profit. I had started a small company several years ago, I worked hard to make it successful. It was a sign making business. It was a small company, not a blue chip company. It was not known nationally for the quality of its signs; it did not make millions of dollars in profits, and it was private, it was not a public company with shares traded on the stock market. Still, I worked hard building up my business. I did not work only a few hours each day, no banker's hours for me; instead, I spent many hours each day, seven days a week trying to grow the company. I never cut corners or try to save on expenses. I made many cold calls. I called on possible buyers from a list of people I had never seen. Such calls were often hard sells. I had to be very firm. Sometimes I sold my signs at a loss. I did not make money on my product. When this happened, there were cutbacks. I had to use fewer supplies and reduce the number of workers. But after several years, the company broke even, profits were equal to expenses, and soon after, I began to gain ground. My signs were selling very quickly. They were selling like hotcakes. I was happy my company was moving forward and making real progress. It was in the black, not in the red. The company was making money, not losing it. My friend knew about my business. He is a leader in the sign making industry. The real big gun, if you know what I mean. He offered to buy my company, my friend wanted to take it public; he wanted to sell shares in the company to the general public. My friend believed it was best to strike while the iron is hot. He wanted to take action at the best time possible, and not wait. He offered me a ballpark estimate of the amount he would pay to buy my company, but I knew his uneducated guess was low, my company was worth much more. He asked his bean counter to crunch the numbers, that is he asked his accountant to take a close look at the finances of my company and decide how much it was worth. Then my friend increased his offer. My friend’s official offer was finally given to me in black and white. It was written on paper, and more than I ever dreamed. I was finally able to get a break. I made a huge profit on my company, and my friend also got a bang for the buck--- he got a successful business for the money he spent.
Now the VOA special english program, words and their stories.

There are many special terms in the world of business.The flowing story is about steetheart deal which I made last week.I made the deal with a friend and we both made a profite.I hade started a small company several years ago.I worked hard to make it successful.It was a sign-making business.It was a small company not a blue-chip company.It was not knowen nationally for the quality for its signs.It did not make millions of dollars in profits and it was private.It was not a public company with shares traded on the stock market. Still,I worked hard building up my business.I did not work only a few hours each day no bankers hours for me.Instand I spend many hours each day,seven days a week,trying to grow the company.I never cut corners or tried to save on expenses.I made many cold calls.I called on possible buyers from a list of people I had never seen.Such calls were often hard sells. I had to be very firm.Sometimes I sold my signs at a loss.I did not make money on my product when this heppened there was cutbacks .I had to use fewer supplies and reduce the number of workers. But after sever years the company broke even.Profits were equal to expenses and soon after I began to gain ground.My signs was selling very quickly.They were selling like hotcakes.I was happy.The company was moving forward and make real progress.It was in the black not in the red.The company was making money not losing it.My friend knew about my business.He is a leader in the sign making industry a real big gun,if you know what I mean.He offered to buy my company.My friend wanted to take it public.He wanted to sell shares in the company to the general public.My friend believed it was best to srtike while the iron is hot .He wanted to take action at the best time possible and not wait .He offered me a ball park estimate of the amount he would pay to buy my company.But I knew he is uneducated guess was low .My company worth much more.He ask his bean-counter to crunch the numbers that is he asked his accountant to take a close look at the finances of my company and decide how much it was worth.Then my friend increased his offer.My friend official offer was finally given to me in blake and white.It was writen on paper and more than I ever dreamed.I was finally able to get a break.I made a huge profite on my company and my friend also got a bang for the buck .He got a successful business for the money he spent .

This Voa special English progrem words and the storys was writen by Jone mars.
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Now the VOA Special English program, words and their stories. There many special terms in the world of business. The following story is about a sweetheart deal which I made last week. I made the deal with a friend, and we both made a profit.
I had started a small company several years ago. I worked hard to make its successfull. It was sign-making business. It was a small company, not a bluechip company. It was not known nationally for the quality of its signs. It did not make millions dollars in profits. And it was private. It was not a public company with share traded on stock market. Still, I worked hard building up my business. I did not work only a few hours each day , no banker's hours for me. Instead, I spent many hours each day, seven days a week, trying to grow the company. I never cut corners or tried to save on expenses. I made many cold calls. I called on possibale buyers from a list of people I had never seen. Such calls we often hard sells. I had to be very firm. Sometimes, I sold my signs at loss. I did not make money on my product. when this happened, there were cutbacks. I had to use fewer supplies and reduce the number of workers. But after several years, the company broke even. Profits were equal to expenses. And sooner after, I began to gain ground. My signs were selling very quickly. They were selling like heartcakes. I was happy. The company was moving forward and making real progress. It was in the black, not in the red. The company was making money, not losing it. My friend knew about my business. He is a leader in the sign-making industry,a real big gun, if you know what I mean. He offered to buy my company. My friend wanted to take it public. He want to sell shares in the company to the general public. My friend believed it was best to strike while the iron is hot. He wanted to take action at best time possibale and not wait. He offered me a ball park estimate of the amount he would pay to buy my company. I knew his uneducated guess was low. My company was worth much more. He asked his bean counter to crunch the numbers. That is, he asked his accountant to take a close look at the finances of my company and decide how much it was worth. Then my friend increased his offer. My friend's official offer was finally given to me in black and white. It was written on paper and more than I ever dreamed. I was finally able to get a break. I made a huge profit on my company, and my friend also got a bang for the buck. He got a successful business for the money he spent.
This is VOA special English program, words and their stories, was written by Jill Moss. I'm Faith Lapidus.
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The VOA special English program words and their stories
There are many special terms in the world of business. The following story is about a sweet heart deal I made last week. I made the deal with a friend and both of us made profit. I have started a small company several years ago. I worked hard to make it successful. It was a sign making business. It was a small company not a blue chip company. It's not nationally for the quality of its sign. It didn't make millions dollars of profit. And it was private. It's not a public company with shares treated on the strike market. Still, I worked hard building my business. I did not work only a few hours each day. No bank hours for me, instead, I spent many hours each day, seven days a week, try to grow the company. I never cut corners or try to save on the expanses. I made many cold calls. I called on possible buyers from a listed people I have never seen. such calls were often hard sales. I had to be very firm. Sometimes, I sold my signs at lost. I did not make money on my product. When this happened, there were cut-backs I had to use pure supplies and reduce the number of workers. But after several years the company broke even, profits were equal to its expenses. And soon after, I began to game aground. My signs were saling very quickly. They were saling like hard cakes. I was happy. The company was moving forward and making real progress. It was in the black not in the red. For company, was making money ont losing it. My friend knew about my business. He is a leader in the sign making industry. He was a big gun, you know what I mean. He offered to buy my company. My friend wanted to take it public. He wanted to sale shares in the company to the general public. My friend believe it is best to strike while the iron is hot. He want to take action at the best time possible and not wait. He offered men a ball park asterment at the mount he would pay to buy my company. But I knew his uneducated guess was low. My conpany was worth much more. He asked his beincounter to qunch the numbers. That is he asked his accountant to take a close look at the finance of my company and decide how much it was worth. Then, my friend increased his offer. My friend's official offer finally given to me in black and white. It writen on paper and more than I ever dreamed. I was finally able to get a break. I made a huge profit on my company and my friend also got a bank on the bark. He got a successful business for the money he spent.
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Now the VOA special English program the words and their stories.

There are many special terms in the word of business.The following story is about a sweet heart deal which I made last week.I made the deal with a friend and we both made profit.

I had start a small company several years ago.I worked hard to make it successful.It was a sign-making business.It was a small company.Not a blue chip company .I was not known nationally for the quality of its signs ,It did not make millions of dollars in profits.And it was private.It not a public company with shares traded on the stock macket.

Still ,I worked hard building up my business.I did not work only a few hours each day ,no banker's hours for me .Instead I spent many hours each day,7days a week try to grow the company.I never cut corners or try to save on expenses.I made many cold calls. I called on possible buyers from a list people I had never seem.Such calls were often hard sells .I had to be very firm.Sometimes I sole my signs at a loss.I did not make money on my product.When this happened,there were cutbacks.I had to use few supplies and reduce the number of workers .But after several years the company broke even.Profits were equal to expenses.And soon after,I began to gain ground. My signs were selling very quickly.They were selling like h/ .I was happy.The comany was moving forward and making real progress.It was in the black not in the red .The company was making money ,not lossing it.

My friend knew about my bussiness.He is the leader in the sign-making industry.The really big gang if you know what i mean.He offered to buy my company .My friend wanted to take it public.He wanted to sell shares in the company to the genal public.My friend it was best to strike while the air is hot .He wanted to take action at the best time possible and not wait .He offer me a ball park estimate of the amount he would pay to buy my company.But I knew his uneducated guess was low. My company was worth much more.He asked his bean-counter to crunch the numbers .that is ,he asked a accountant to take a close look at the finances of my company and deside how much it was worth.Then my friend increase his offer.

My friend's official offer was finally giving to me in black and white ,it was written on paper and more than I ever dreamed.I was finally able to get a break .I made a huge profit on my company and my friend also got a bang for the buke.He got a successful business for the money he spent.

This VOA Special English program Words and Their Stories was written by Jill Morse. I'm faith Laptise.


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blue chip , banker's hours , cut corners , cold call , cutback , big gun,
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There are many special terms in the world of business. The following story is about a sweet-heart deal which I made last week. I made the deal with a friend. And we both made a profit. I had started a company several years ago, I worked hard to make it successful. It was a sign-making business. It was a small company, not a blue chip company. It was not known nationally for the quality of its signs. It did not make millions of dollars in profits. And it was private. It was not a public company with shares traded on the stock market. Still, I worked hard, building up my business. I did not work only a few hours each day, no bankers’ hours for me. Instead, I spent many hours each day, seven days a week, trying to grow the company. I never cut corners or try to save on its expenses. I made many cold calls. I called on possible buyers, from a list of people I’ve never seen. Such calls are often hard sales, I had to be very firm. Sometimes I sold my signs at a loss, I did not make profit on my product. When this happens, there were cutbacks. I have to use fewer supplies and reduce the number of workers. But after several years, the company broke even. Profits were equal to expenses. And soon after, I began to gain ground. My signs were selling very quickly. They were selling like hot cakes. I was happy. The company was moving forward and making real progress. It was in the black, not in the red. The company was making money, not losing it. My friend knew about my business. He is a lead in the sign-making industry, a real big gun if you know what I mean. He offered to buy my company. My friend wanted to take it public. He wanted to sell shares in the company to the general public. My friend believed it was best to strike when the iron is hot. He wanted to take action at the best time possible and not wait. He offered me a ballpark estimate of the amount he would pay to buy my company. But I knew his uneducated guess was low. My company was worth much more. He asked his bean counter to crunch the numbers. That is, he asked his accountant to take a close look at the finances of my company and decided how much it was worth. Then my friend increased his offer. My friend’s official offer was finally given to me in black and white. It was written on paper, and more than I ever dreamed. I was finally able to get a break. I made a huge profit on my company, and my friend also got a bang for the buck. He got a successful business for the money he spent.


注: 1.转:Can you just give me a ballpark figure? 能不能给我一个大概的数字. Ballpark 指的是专供球类比赛的公园, 特别是指大型的棒球场. 例如亚特兰大勇士队 (Atlanta Braves) 的主场, Turner Field 就是一个 ballpark. 那什么是 ballpark figure 呢? 通常在棒球比赛时不是都会报今天的观众人数, 例如是 49,132 人吗? 这个数字 49,132 就是 ballpark figure, 但这只是一个大约的估计数字而已, 所以 ballpark figure 的意思就是指大约的估计数字. 所以在公司里如果老板问会计, 上个月水电费总共多少钱? 之后再加上一句, "Just give me a ballpark figure." 意思就是我只要一个大略的数字就行了. 甚至有些老美懒到就只说 ballpark, 所以老板也有可能会说, "I'll need a ballpark of the revenue last year." (我需要去年的营收的大约数字.) 你就要自己知道这个 ballpark 是 ballpark figure 的意思.
2.blue chip 的意义:热门的, 最赚钱的, 第一流的, 靠得住的
Now the Special English Program Words and Thier Stories.

There are many special terms in the world of business. The following story is about a sweetheart deal which I made last week. I made the deal with a friend and we both made a profit.

I had started a small company several years ago. I worked hard to make it successful. It was a sign making business. It was a small company, not a blue chip company. It was not known nationally for the quality of its signs. It did not make millions of dollars in profits, and it was private. It was not a public company with shares traded on the stock market.

Still I worked hard building up my business. I did not work only a few hours each day. No banker's hours for me, instead, I spent many hours each day, seven days a week, trying to grow the business. I never cut corners or tried to save on its expenses. I made many cold calls. I called on possible buys from a list of people I had never seen. Such calls were often hard sells. I had to be very firm.

Sometimes I sold my signs at a loss. I did not make money on my product. When this happens, there were cut backs. I had to use fewer supplies and reduce the number of workers. But after several years, the company broke even. Profits were equal to expenses. And soon after I began to gain ground. My signs were selling very quickly. They were selling like hot cakes. I was happy. The company was moving forward and making real progress. It was in the black not in the red. The company was making money, not losing it.

My friend knew about my business. He is a leaer in the sign making industry. It's real a big gun if you know what I mean. He offered to buy my company. My friend wanted to take it public. He wanted to sell shares in the company to the general public. My friend believed it was best to strike while the iron is hot. He wanted to take action at the best time possible, and not wait. He offered me a ball park estimate of the amout he would pay to buy my company. But I knew his uneducated guess was low. My company was worth much more. He asked his bean counter to crenth the numbers. That is, he asked his accountant to take a close look at the finances of my company and decide how much it was worth. Then my friend increased his offer. My friend's official offer was finally given to me in black and white. It was written on paper and more than I ever dreamed. I was finally able to get a break.

I made a huge profit on my company and my friend also got a bang from the buck. He got a successful business for the money he spent.
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Now the VOA Special English Program Words and their Stories, there are many special terms in the word business. The following story is about a sweetheart deal which I made last week.

I made the deal with a friend, and we both made profit.

I had started a small company several months ago. I worked hard to make it successful. It was a sign making business; it was a small company not a blue chip company; it was not known nationally for the quality of its signs; it didn’t make a billion dollars in profit; and it was private, it was not a public company with shares treated on the stock market.

Still, I worked hard building up my business. I didn’t not work only a few hours each day, no banks hours for me, instead I spent many hours each day, seven days a week try to grow the company. I never cut callers or try to save expenses. I made many cold calls; I called on possible buyers from a list of people I have never seen. Such calls often hard sells; I had to be very firm.

Sometimes, I sold my signs at lost I didn’t money on my products. When this happened there will cut backs, I had to use few suppliers and reduce the number of works. But after several years, the company broke even. Profits were equal to expenses. And soon after, I began to gain ground. My signs were selling quickly; they were selling like heart cakes. I was happy, the company was moving forward and making real progress, it was in the black not in the red, the company was making money not loosing it.

My friend knew about my business, he is a leader in the signed making industry. A real big gun if you know what I mean. He offered to buy my company, my friend wanted to take it public, he wanted to sell shares in the company to the general public. My friend believed it was best to strike while the iron is hot; he wanted to take action at the best time possible and not wait.

He offered me a ballpark estimate at the amount he would pay to buy my company. But I knew his uneducated guess with low. My company was worth much more. He asked his bean counter to crunch the number that is he asked his accountant to take a close look at the finances of my company and decided how much it was worth. Then my friend increased his offer.

My friend’s official offer was finally giving to me in black and white. It was written on paper and more than I ever dreamed. I was finally able to get a break; I made a huge profit on my company; my friend also got a bank for the bark; he got a successful business for the he spent.

This VOA Special English Program Words and their Stories, was written by Joe Mars. I am Faith Lapidus.
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Now, the VOA Special English program, Words and Their Stories.

There are many special terms in the world of business. The following story is about a sweetheart deal which I made last week. I made the deal with a friend and we both made a profit.

I had started a small company several years ago. I worked hard to make it successful. It was a sign-making business. It was a small company, not a blue chip company. It was not known nationally for the quality of its signs. It did not make millions of dollars in profits, and it was private. It was not a public company with shares traded on the stock market.

Still I worked hard building up my business. I did not work only a few hours each day - no banker’s hours for me. Instead I spent many hours each day, seven days a week, trying to grow the company. I never cut corners or tried to save on expenses. I made many cold calls. I called on possible buyers from a list of people I had never seen. Such calls we often hardsells. I had to be very firm.

Sometimes I sold my signs at a lost. I did not make money on my product. When this happened, there were cutbacks. I had to use fewer supplies and reduce the number of workers. But after several years, the company broke even. Profits were equal to expenses. And soon after, I began to gain ground. My signs selling very quickly. They were selling like hot cakes. I was happy. The company was moving forward and making real progress. It was in the black, not in the red. The company was making money, not losing it.

My friend knew about my business. He is a leader in a big sign-making industry-a real big gun, if you know what I mean. He offered to buy my company. My friend wanted to take it public. He wanted to sell shares in the company to the general public.

My friend believed it was best to strike while the iron is hot. He wanted to take action at the best time possible and not wait. He offered me a ballpark of estimate of the amount he would pay to buy my company. But I knew his uneducated guess was low. My company was worth much more. He asked his bean-counter to crunch the numbers. That is, he asked his accountant to take a close look at the finances of the company and decide how much it was worth. Then my friend increased his offer.

My friend’s official offer was finally given to me in black and white. It was written on paper and more than I ever dreamed. I was finally able to get a break. I made a huge profit on my company, and my friend also got a bank for the buck. He got a successful business for the money he spent.

This VOA Special English program, Words and their Stories, was written by Jill Moss. I'm Faith Lapidus.
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Now, the VOA Special English program, Words and Their Stories.

There are many special terms in the world of business.

The following story is about a sweetheart deal which I made last week. I made the deal with a friend, and we both made a profit.

I had started a small company several years ago. I worked hard to make it successful. It was a sign-making business. It was a small company, not a blue chip company. It was not known nationally for the quality of its signs. It did not make millions of dollars in profits. And it was private. It was not a public company with shares traded on the stock market.

Still, I worked hard building up my business. I did not work only a few hours each day -- no banker's hours for me. Instead I spent many hours each day, seven days a week, trying to grow the company. I never cut corners or tried to save on expenses. I made many cold calls. I called on possible buyers from a list of people I had never seen. Such calls were often hard sells. I had to be very firm.

Sometimes I sold my signs at a loss. I did not make money on my product. When this happened, there were cut backs. I had to use fewer supplies and reduce the number of workers. But after several years, the company broke even. Profits were equal to expenses. And soon after, I began to gain ground. My signs were selling very quickly. They were selling like hotcakes.

I was happy. The company was moving forward and making real progress. It was in the black, not in the red. The company was making money, not losing it.

My friend knew about my business. He is a leader in the sign-making industry – a real big gun, if you know what I mean. He offered to buy my company. My friend wanted to take it public. He wanted to sell shares in the company to the general public.

My friend believed it was best to strike while the iron is hot. He wanted to take action at the best time possible and not wait. He offered me a ball park= estimate of the amount he would pay to buy my company. But I knew his uneducated smile.gif guess was low. My company was worth much more. He asked his bean-counter cool.gif to crunch laugh.gif the numbers. That is, he asked his accountant to take a close look at the finances of my company and decide how much it was worth. Then my friend increased his offer.

My friend's official offer was finally given to me in black and white. It was written on paper and more than I ever dreamed. I was finally able to get a break. I made a huge profit on my company, and my friend also got a bang for the buck=. He got a successful business for the money he spent.

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This VOA Special English program, WORDS AND THEIR STORIES, was written by Jill Moss. I'm Faith Lapidus. smile.gif
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Now the VOA Special English programs Words and Their Stories.

There are many special terms in the world of business. The following story is about a sweetheart deal which I made last week. I made the deal with a friend, and we both made a profit. I had started a small company several years ago. I worked hard to make it successful. It was a sign making business. It was a small company, not a blue chip company. It was not known nationally for the quality of its size. It did not make millions of dollars in profits. And it was private, it was not a public company with shares treated on the stock market. Still, I worked hard building up my business. I did not work only a few hours each day, no bunkers hours for me. Instead, I spend many hours each day, seven days a week trying to grow the company. I never cut corners or try to save the expenses. I made many cold calls. I called on possible buyers from a list of people I had never seen. Such calls were often hard sells, I had to be very firm. Sometimes I sold my signs at a loss. I did not make money on my Prada. When this happened, there were cut backs. I had to use fewer supplies and reduce the number of workers. But after several years, the company broke even.

Profits were equal to expenses, and soon after, I became to gain ground, my signs were selling very quickly, they were selling like hot cakes. I was happy, the company was moving forward and making real progress. It was in the black, not in the red. The company was making money, not losing it. My friend knew about my business. He is a leader in the sign making industry, a real big gun, if you know what I mean. He offered to buy my company. My friend wanted to take it public. He wanted to sell shares in the company to the general public. My friend believed it was best to strike while the air is hot. He wanted to take action at the best time possible, and not wait. He offered me a ball park estimate of the amount he would pay to buy my company. But I knew his uneducated guess was low. My company was worth much more. He asked his being counter to quench the numbers, that is, he asked his accounted to take a close look at the finances of my company, and decide how much it was worth. Then, my friend increased his offer.

My friend’s official offer was finally given to me in black and white. It was written on paper and more than I dreamed. I was finally able to get a break. I made a huge profit on my company and my friend also got a Ben for the bark. He got a successful business for the money he spent.

This VOA Special English Program Words and Their Stories was written by J.M. I’m F.L.
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