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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
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