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A must read ... should be in the library of every small business that wants to succeed. -- Stephen Capper, President, A-1 Awards Inc., Indianapolis, IN

Donna & Dave Gray personify the family business.... In this book, Donna generously shares her experience and expertise. -- Elaine E. Beaubien, Assoc. Professor/Business, Edgewood College & CEO of Management Training Seminars

I thoroughly enjoyed Donna Gray's 'here's how we did it guide' to enjoying whatever business you are in! -- Jody Glynn Patrick, Publisher, InBusiness Magazine

About the Author

Donna Gray is the president of Total Awards, Promotions, & Gifts Inc. in Madison, Wis. She was named Business Woman of the Year in 1993 by her local county, and 1998 Retail Marketer of the Year by the local chapter of the American Marketing Association. She received the 1999 Sam Walton Business Leadership Award presented to only 100 people nationwide. In 2002, she and her husband Dave received the Bess Cohn Memorial Humanitarian Award from the Advertising Specialty Institute for their innovative approach to honoring volunteers. She is a regular columnist for Graphics Pro magazine, has presented seminars nationwide, and has earned credentials as a Certified Recognition Specialist.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Veda Communications Co. (March 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974956201
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974956206
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,285,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I picked up the book Never Quit! The Ups and Downs of Running a Family Business thinking that I could read it between flights, hoping that in the pages of the book, I'd find some little piece of sales wisdom to restate at the upcoming sales manager's meeting - that's where I was flying. I was looking for a quick-read, something that would be in my hands and in my briefcase only long enough to hold in front of my sales staff as proof that I'd spent my travel time wisely -- a lesson to them. And so I began reading in the terminal.
Even after the plane settled into its altitude, I couldn't put Never Quit! down. I continued to read, even forgetting to make a few notes in a margin. The notes were already made - the author has bullet list after bullet list of helpful pointers. But what kept me engrossed was the story of running a family business. Gray offered personal glimpses of challenges as well as successes, and then held them both up as examples of opportunity for positive growth.
Here's one example: ''Syndicated columnist Sydney Harris said, 'Few men ever drop dead from overwork, but many quietly curl up and die because of under-satisfaction.' I can always tell when someone on our team is under-satisfied during times of repetitive work. We try to liven things up when that happens by switching tasks. Or we have a five-minute teaching break so that the person can share the pride in what's been accomplished so far. Sometimes, the projects we work on seem impossible, and that's when I'm reminded of something Walt Disney said: 'It's kind of fun to do the impossible.'''
This is a business book, yes. However, it is a family business book. The title Never Quit warns there will be reasons to, and readers see those reasons in every chapter of the book. They are the real stories of real people.
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A practical straight forward look at the hectic world of small business. It speaks to both the joys and frustrations of business ownership. An absolute must read for anyone starting or thinking of starting their own business. You will find both practical advice and energy-giving inspiration between the pages of this very easy to read book. Thank you Donna Gray for sharing!
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