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Everything I Learned About Being A Small Business Owner and Entrepreneur…I Learned From My Mom & Dad
 
I grew up in 50’s & 60’s as the son of small business owners. Mom and dad (Pearl & Eugene Levine) owned and operated two dry goods stores (“Levine’s Dry Goods” in Nyack, New York and Pearl River, New York) that they would come to inherit from my paternal grandparents. Interestingly enough, my uncle Louis (my grandfather’s brother) owned “Levine’s Furniture” with his son (Eugene also) in Nyack as well.
 
Actually, as far as I can tell from Ancestory.com, not only were my parents and their parent’s small business owners, but my great grandparents were as well.
 
It is important to note, that my parents did not choose the business for themselves. Each had dreams of going to college and choosing their own career and business paths, but were suppressed by their parents from attending college and were expected to work in and eventually own and operate the “Family” business.
 
My parents worked hard in a business that they did not choose for themselves until the larger stores forced them to close down (think of the movie, “You’ve Got Mail”). My mom and dad worked hard in that business (she until a week before she passed away from Breast Cancer) to provide for my sister and I.
 
I learned many things about being an entrepreneur and small business owner from them that I would like to share with you in this column:
 

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