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[word-lover] 【整理】2008-11-09 Words and Their Stories

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HOME WORK 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 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 small company several years ago.I worked hard to made it successful. It was a "sign-making business".It was a small company ,not a blue trip 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 puplic company with shares traded on stock market. Still ,I worked hard buliding up my business. I did not work only a few hours each day. No banker's hours for me! Instead , I spent many hour each day ,seven days a week ,trying to grow the company. I never cut corners 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 were ofen hard sells I have to be very firm. Sometimes I thought my signs at a lost.I did not make money on my product. When this happens ,their are cut bares .I have to use fewer supplies and ruduce the number of workers. But afer several years ,the company broke even. Profits were equal to its expences 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 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 to his best just 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 part estimate of the amount he will pay to buy my company! But I knew his uneducated guess was low. My company worth much more! He asked his bean counter to crunch the numbers that is he asked his acountant to take a close look at the finances of my company and decide how much it was worth .And my friend increased his offer. My friend's offical offer was finally given to me "in black and white". It was written on table and more than I ever dreamed. I was finally able to get a break . I made a huge profit of my company and my friend also got a bank from the buck. He got a successful business for the money he spent.
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