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The American Dream

November 23, 2009

Chris Garlasco, Owner & Managing Partner - Founders Insurance Group

As a newly minted writer, I often find myself looking at life through a different lens. Sometimes things just seem to come together in a way that needs to be put to paper, this is one of those stories.

Today, as I do most days, I went to my local Subway shop to grab a sandwich for lunch. Inside, behind the counter, were two gentlemen from India that had just purchased a Subway franchise and were here in our town learning the ropes before heading off to their own store. I immediately thought of my wife and her parent’s journey to America from Korea to pursue the American dream. When my wife Sora was very young, unlike other kids, she went straight from school to the family store. They worked very long hours and became successful. Soon, they were able to open a second business and the family flourished here in their new home.

I wished the men luck in their new pursuit of the American dream and as if on cue, I opened the door to leave as one of our fine military men, in full uniform, passed through the front door. It was a reminder to me that we are a country of immigrants, we are exceptional, and we have fought for that dream.

When my in-laws ventured into a new land, they had risked everything in hope of a better life. The small little Business Owner’s Policy that they had purchased didn’t insure just their little store, but it insured their new life here in America. It was a stabilizing link in the risk that they had taken to pursue their dreams.

It is important to not lose sight of what we do in our business and why it’s so valuable and necessary in a capitalist and litigious society. Some studies say that as many as 70% of American jobs are created by small business. Small business owners are risk takers, often facing difficult odds. The Business Owner’s Policy plays an important role in the American dream.

Have a Great Day!

Chris Garlasco

2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 23, 2009 11:12 am

    Chris, great post. You are correct that once you begin writing things do come at you a bit differently.


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