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April 30th, 2009
10:30 AM ET

Survival of the Fittest Series

By Amy Chillag
Writer/Segment Producer
CNN Newsroom AM w/Tony Harris

I decided to launch this “Survival of the Fittest” Series to show how smart entrepreneurs are coming up with inventive ways to beat the recession.

We’re hearing so much doom and gloom lately about layoffs but there are silver linings to this economic downturn.

In this piece, a successful realtor and single mom was selling fewer and fewer houses. It was a tough time for her, so for therapy and fun (and because she had time on her hands) she started to paint with her children. She was soon “discovered” and now she’s a fulltime artist whose pieces can be found in five galleries around the country. She found her true passion and calling because of the recession.

Friday Preview: Tomorrow we interview an entrepreneur who hit it big with an upscale potato chip company—then became the local advice-guy for dozens of budding entrepreneurs. He hung out at coffee shops where people tracked him down for tips and emotional support. So, to make it official, in the middle of the recession he formed a company called “Idea Ocean”. Now he’s getting paid to give advice. And he has valuable tips for any of you aspiring entrepreneurs out there with big ideas.

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  1. Charles

    Funny how Representative Bachmann has the nerve to complain about Obama's press conference style when Bush planted fake journalist (Gannon, Williams) to ask easy questions. Wasn't she the one that called Congress communist and insisted on a investagation into un-American activities? The Republican party is in trouble because they don't have a message and are depending on people like Rep. Bachmann, which is a big mistake!

    April 30, 2009 at 10:49 am |
  2. Nathan

    If Chrysler files for bankruptcy, how is it, they are still able to merge with Fiat??

    April 30, 2009 at 11:14 am |
  3. Luis in Phoenix, AZ

    Everybody I know is affected by the current economic environment in one way or another. I'm pretty secure in my job because I'm in an industry that hasn't been affected as much as others, but I'm not waiting until the tide turns to get ready for my next move.

    I'm refreshing my skills across the board, I'm updating my resume, and I have several contingency plans to get myself back to work as quickly as possible should I lose my job.

    I'm leaving nothing to chance.

    April 30, 2009 at 11:22 am |
  4. Gerald M. Green

    Why can't the big oil companies bail out the auto companies? After all they (oil companies) made Billions of $$ due to the auto makers "Fossil Fuel" mentality.

    April 30, 2009 at 12:37 pm |
  5. sandy

    the only fact that the president does not say and people do not realize it that these hedge funds holding out are holding out for the taxpayers who have invested in the hedge fund to receive their dividends to put food on their table its not hedge fund people taking bags of money home they are looking out for the millions of taxpayers like you and i who have put their faith in trust in the hedge funds to do the right by them. they are not the bad guys they too are trying to do the right thing for those that have invested in the hegefunds and bond funds.

    i hope you will read this so people will see the other side that noone is seeing right now

    April 30, 2009 at 12:38 pm |
  6. Mike Kelley

    Americans have been buying status symbols for years. Christians. Have themselves been supporting other countrys and buying foriegn cars ought to be ashamed.
    The big three haven't said they would close any plants in other countries why? Obama is breaking UAW contracts but not banking contracts when we bailed them out why?
    The auto industry is going to cost us more jobs which will deepen the problems with the economy, housing is giong to sink even more and all the nay-sayers are going to buy their status symbols anyway because it makes them look good in their own eyes.
    Auto workers are losing vision and dental with higher co-pay loss of all overtime any small bounuses and will all be forced when to take their vacations. The auto workers are always the ones who get hit.
    When Daimler took over there was pelnty of money to get Chrysler through. That was sucked dry by them. The CEO's gotr their golden Reteirments. While we were called worse than dirt, lost our bounuses

    April 30, 2009 at 1:07 pm |
  7. Dan

    What caused our present economic problems and our near depression, in a word, Politicians!!!! NOT REPUBLICANS, NOT DEMOCRATS...............BOTH PARTIES..Their too busy getting rich and not looking out for us like they are supposed to....Remember WE voted them in to watch out for us...What Happened!!!!???!!! You don't find a politician Un-employed...You Wont find a politician without medical coverage.............What the hell is the matter, Don't You See it??? Be a good liar and become a politician and you'll have no more problems....You'll rule over the fools that elect you, and if your a good enough liar.....YOU'LL LAST FOR YEARS!!!!!!

    April 30, 2009 at 4:41 pm |
  8. soma uk

    hello, spring is cooming! good post there, tnx for

    March 2, 2010 at 7:42 pm |

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