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Houston Breakthrough 1977-09 - Page 7. September 1977. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. July 29, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/3036/show/3018.

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(September 1977). Houston Breakthrough 1977-09 - Page 7. Houston and Texas Feminist and Lesbian Newsletters. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/3036/show/3018

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Title Houston Breakthrough 1977-09
Publisher Breakthrough Publishing Co.
Date September 1977
Description Vol. 2 No. 8
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  • Feminism--United States--Periodicals
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  • Houston, Texas
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  • periodicals
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Transcript ELYSE PEAVY and JOY GOODMAN slancy Landau Marilyn Jones ADELE TRYGSTAD and work crew Elyse Peavy and Joy Goodman, co-owners of The House of Coffee Beans: We gave up our teaching jobs four years ago to open a small retail shop selling coffee beans, tea and pots to brew them in. Neither of us had any previous business experience or much money and we didn't receive much support from our families, except for our children, who thought the project sounded like fun. When we started, we bought about a dozen pots and grinders and put all of them out on the shelves. We had to sell those before we ordered more. We offered six varieties of coffee, priced at $1.99 a pound, which seemed exorbitant at the time. The first shop was a small ramshackle building on Westheimer which we painted, plumbed and outfitted ourselves. We profited from some early free publicity from television, but also suffered some costly mistakes, including wasting hundreds of dollars on signs which no\one could read because the colors were wrong. Adele Trygstad, manager ot Mark IX Construction Co., which she helped set up for her ninth child: When I first started the business, three years ago, paint stores, hardware stores and lumber yards would not even talk business with me or my 15-year-old son, Mark. We bought everything at retail prices for the first six months. But we were determined and at times had to call on all our family to help. At the end of a year we occasionally saw a few dollars' profit. Mark has done the hard work, but I take the credit for pushing the business through. You will never know how ugly and rude men were when we tried to invade their territory. Those of you starting today will have it easier because of us who went in first. Today there are women in all the men's jobs. We see them as roofers, carpenters, painters, carpet layers, electricians, and plumbers. I always try to stop and tell them how glad I am to see them out there. Get More For Vfour Money.- Get More For Vfour Vote! SUPPORT MERYLYN WHITED CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT C for Council 2007 Westheimer, Houston, Texas 521 -9065 Paid for by the Merylyn Whited Campaign Committee, Merylyn Whited, Treasurer, 4845 Hazelton Drive, Houston, Texas 77035 PAGE 6 SEPTEMBER 1977 HOUSTON BREAKTHROUGH Olga Soliz runs a management and planning service: Olga Soliz and Associates: "Four years ago, I was widowed, so when I became the sole support of my two young children, I did a lot of thinking about the direction of my life. Uppermost was the prospect of starting my own business. I tried to prepare myself, but sometimes you just have to plunge in; otherwise you always find something to put off making that decision. I can't tell you what a good feeling it was the day I got my new letterhead—seeing Olga Soliz and Associates in print. And, what a good feeling to be independent— to be in control of my own time. Sometimes, I feel guilty making money doing something I enjoy so much. There are problems in business. I feel enough cannot be said for a woman to develop a good credit rating. Even with your own resources, you can't make any headway without a good credit rating. You need it so people will venture out and support you. I'm looking forward to the future—that's what keeps me going. I must enjoy the risks! Loraine Elms, corporate and urban public affairs consultant: Consulting enables me to meet a wide variety of people that I would never come into contact with in a more restrictive job setting. Yet there is risk here too, because it is part of the consultant's fate to want to help people and in the process to be tempted to give away the very information which, in a more structured setting, one would be paid for supplying. Another risk is in the uneven flow of work and thus income. There is a tendency for the amount of work to reach peaks and drop into valleys. I spend about one- third of my time and income pursuing new contracts. Whether the risk taker is a man or a woman, it usually all comes down to deciding or having circumstances decide for one, if it is not, after all, well worth the risk, the uncertainty and the insecurity, to be in a position to make one's own decisions. Bobbie W. Street, publisher of The Market Place, a free circulation weekly shopper newspaper begun in 1969 to serve the Southeast section of Houston: A woman in business for herself has to be able to take care of herself, but most men are frightened by such self- assurance. They expect demure dependence and unless they are totally confident of their own abilities, are turned off by a self-sufficient woman. I recall no instances of sex discrimination when I set up my business. However, I did occasionally encounter a skeptic who treated my business venture as a 'whim' and expected the paper to fold when I lost interest. I no longer meet such skepticism. My main problem was explaining to my sons, aged 7, 11, and 17, when I went into business, the need for my long working hours. This has worked out well in the eight years I've been publishing. My sons now expect to be treated responsibly and are better able to fend for themselves. Nancy Landau (Clockwise) LORAINE ELMS; ROBERTA TILLLNGHAST; BOBBIE STREET and coworker. GEORGETTE FREELONG; and OLGA SOLIZ.