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    I know I haven't been around much but there's been a reason. About 1 month ago I was "invited" by unemployment to attend an informational meeting about setting up your own business. I went 2 weeks ago, yes I used the lightrail all by myself and didn't get lost in downtown Baltimore, and was given a 4 page application at the end of the meeting. This is a fed/state program for unemployed people collecting unemployment, of which I am one, for running your own business. In addition to the 4 page application, you could submit up to a 10 page business/hobby resume. Do you know how long it takes to get 10 pages together? Anyway, all the info was finally gathered into one place and typed & retyped Tues & Wed and mailed today!! The original mailing was to 3,000, of the 1,000 that responded 300 were invited to the meeting, of that 300, 67 will be invited for 4 hour interview for 24 slots. Classes are twice a week for 4 hours each with 14 hours homework a week. BUT the best part is, YOU DON'T HAVE TO LOOK FOR A JOB WHILE YOU ARE IN THE CLASSES! And you can earn any amount of money without being penalized on your unemployment. Aside from that, it is really a great course, with things like market planning, research at Enoch Pratt Library, Tech courses, Advertising & Promotional Strategies, Financial Overview - you need to draw up a 3 year financial projection, Legal Entities, I plan on having lots of copyright questions for that one (if I make it), Tax questions, Certification Procurement (whatever that is), and Business Planning. So you can see, I really really want to get into this course so any and all good wishes will be appreciated!! When I showed the finished work to my husband, he said "Gee, I didn't know you were that good."!! Now I hope it just sells me to the lady in charge!! One of the interview questions will be what is my mission statement and goals. I'm working on that now just incase! All good thoughts are appreciated!!

    Betty
    Betty

    "Congress needs to realize it is a government of the people, by the people and for the people. Not of the people, by the people and for Congress." - Dr. Benjamin Carson, Pediatric Neurosurgeon, Johns Hopkins Hospital

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    Betty, it sounds like a good opportunity and I wish you the best of luck. By the way I could use a second job if you start a woodworking business. LOL Steve
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    • #3
      Betty:

      Just remember that Baltimore has a reputation of quality woodworkers going back to before the revolutionary war. If you convert your hobby into a business, you will have a long heritage of quality wood workers to live up to.

      You can do it, and do it with PRIDE!!

      Phil

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      • #4
        Congratulations to you. Sounds like a wonderful venture. Hope it works out.
        Dragon
        Owner of a nice 21" Excalibur
        Owner of a Dewalt 788
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        • #5
          Gee, Phil, no pressure there. is there? Well I got my picture in, sort of, I just need to know how to make it larger so you all can see me! I'll keep trying.

          Betty
          Betty

          "Congress needs to realize it is a government of the people, by the people and for the people. Not of the people, by the people and for Congress." - Dr. Benjamin Carson, Pediatric Neurosurgeon, Johns Hopkins Hospital

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          • #6
            Originally posted by will8989
            Well I got my picture in, sort of, I just need to know how to make it larger so you all can see me!
            Betty
            Think there needs to be less beach and more you ..lol
            Ian

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            • #7
              What an awesome opportunity Betty Sounds like you are working hard already and anything worth having is worth working hard for !
              Just keep me in mind when you decide to expand down south
              ...~Robert~
              DW788 and Hawk 226

              " Please let me grow to be the man my dog thinks I am "

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              • #8
                Good luck Betty!

                Hope everything works out. I can remember times being out of work in the UK and the evil vicious circle kicks in where if you do anything at all that "interferes" with your hunt for work (ie voluntary work, some part-time work) they cut off your payments completely. Your scheme sounds like the sort of thing I'd have appreciated in those days.

                Chris
                "If you march your Winter Journeys you will have your reward, so long as all you want is a penguin's egg."

                Saws: AWSF18, Meccano Mk II

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by will8989
                  Well I got my picture in, sort of, I just need to know how to make it larger so you all can see me! I'll keep trying.

                  Betty
                  Hey Betty,

                  Open the picture and use the cropping tool in your graphics program to crop it in nice and tight on just your head. Then save it as something else and proceed to replace this one with the newly cropped photo.

                  Happy New Year!
                  Mike

                  Making sawdust with a Dremel 1680.
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