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This article was prepared for the February 5, 2003 edition of
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Between the Lines
For the Women in Business issue this year we began by
focusing on women engineers: the dean of Princeton University’s
school, the president of a national engineering trade group, and the
president/founder of a thriving computer software firm. We thought
they would have interesting stories to tell about swimming upstream
in a profession that is not always hospitable to females.
Also in this issue are a bevy other articles about successful women.
In this group are a vice president who was downsized from Sarnoff
and is setting up a consulting firm, a nurse who bought an answering
service, a photographer who launches models, an artist who is making
a business restoring photographs, and a single mother who is starting
Here is a letter from another single mother who tells her own story.
I am a 44-year-old female CPA, African-American single
parent, who was a victim of the mass downsizing that occurred at
in November. I was employee No. 17 and was originally hired to be
the controller, then I became the controller and director of human
resources and then I shed the controller’s title and was the director
of human resources.
I am writing to inform you of how I have chosen to cope with this
traumatic event, which has become almost fashionable in today’s
in hopes that my path may be an inspiration to others.
Although it may be the "in" thing to be downsized, there is
no comfort to be found in joining this group. For the past year, since
September 11th, 2001, my Bishop has been talking about the growing
population of unemployed in our church, encouraging and praying for
them and telling them that their security is in the Lord and not in
a paycheck. He would often ask them to stand and the employed in the
congregation would join the Bishop in praying and encouraging them.
Although I am a woman of strong faith, I was sure glad I was not in
that group and that I still had my fat paycheck and the Lord to rely
on. Well, on November 13, 2002, like a thief in the night, my fat
paycheck was yanked out of my hand and I became a part of that growing
population in our church.
When you lose a job, you go through all types of emotions; you’re
angry, hurt, depressed, looking for someone to blame, wondering what
you did wrong, wondering what you could have done differently,
who was out to get you, etc.
If you’re not careful you can become bitter, especially if you feel
you made significant contributions to the company and if they kept
anybody it should have been you. I know, because I’ve been through
all these emotions, and more. I still feel, based upon the
I made to the company, I should not be the one on the street. But
hey, stuff happens. You have to get over it and move on with your
life and purpose in your heart that you’re going to be even more
than you were on your last job. Success is the best revenge!!
Therefore, I’ve chosen to start my own business, offering accounting,
tax and human resource services. I’m targeting companies who may need
the skills of a CPA, but for whatever reason, do not want to hire
one full-time. They may "Rent-A-CPA" to augment their
team. To find out more about my services, please visit my website
at www.rent-a-cpa.com (732-422-3870).
So, if you find yourself in 2003’s new fashionable group of the
consider placing your fate in your own hands. Start your own business.
Maybe you have a hobby that you really enjoy and are good at, that
has real commercial potential; or maybe you have a side business that
you can go full-time with; or maybe you have a dream in your heart
about something you’ve always wanted to do. Now is the time! Go for
it! You’re smart enough! You can do it!
Darice S. Gonzalez, CPA
U.S. 1’s aptly titled "Survival Guide" section
of January 29 addressed the challenges faced by HomeFront, the
assisting homeless families in our area. Connie Mercer, the executive
director, articulated in pure dollars and cents the impact that
have on the welfare of their clients.
One number worth repeating. is the cost of moving a family into a
new home: $1,500. As Mercer points out, the face of homelessness is
that of the working poor. Monthly expenses can be met, but the real
impediment is the upfront cost of securing shelter.
As one of the many area residents who has felt the sting of downsizing
twice, I know the specter of exhausting one’s capital is no phantom.
Without a security deposit, first and sometimes last month’s rent,
and cash for the utilities hook up, it matters little that one has
the means to pay the rent.
Mercer’s suggestion of pooling resources was graphically demonstrated
five years ago at a HomeFront awards dinner. An anonymous donor made
a challenge pledge. In a matter of moments, the match was raised,
made up of many different amounts which, when aggregated, met the
challenge. Two families were housed in a heartbeat.
Charitable contributions have decreased significantly. I encourage
individuals and organizations to remember that pennies produce pounds
and a neighbor could soon secure what we take for granted: the joy
of "a room of one’s own."
I found your Between the Lines article on January 22
very interesting. I continually look to other companies to find the
reasons why some "make it" and some don’t.
Have you ever considered asking the same question to the "really
small" businesses? As I complete my 20th year in business, I have
seen many "independents" come and go. What went right? What
went wrong? As you can imagine, it’s not easy being a small business
owner here in Princeton, but some of us do manage to succeed. This
subject could make both an interesting and inspirational story.
U.S. 1 continues to be an important contribution to Cranbury Station
Gallery — keeping me up-to-date on what my "neighbors"
are up to. Keep up the good work.
Kathleen Maguire Morolda
Cranbury Station Gallery, Princeton, Dayton, and
On February 10 U.S. 1 Newspaper will begin faxing out
forms for businesses to confirm information for the 2003-2004 U.S.
1 Business Directory.
At least one Princeton area business recently got a call from a
Directory" that charges several hundred dollars for a listing.
We do sell advertisements in the U.S. 1 Business Directory, but
that qualify to be in the directory get one listing, and it is free.
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