Five Sheets of Plywood - Author offers practical advice to make entrepreneurship a success

Bloomington, Indiana, UNITED STATES

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 2, 2003 (PRIMEZONE) -- At 26, Spiros Raftis had a successful career and held stock in his employer's corporation. Suddenly, two years later his sense of security was kicked out the door; he was fired. Unemployed and broke, he decided to go into business for himself. Now, he is the owner of a multi-million-dollar company. Five Sheets of Plywood: A Practical Guide for Starting Your Own Business (now available through 1stBooks) bellows guidance from the trenches. For anyone thinking of going into business for themselves, this book offers the tools to build a lasting relationship.

"I decided that starting my own business was the only way to prevent being ripped off again. Owning your own business gives a person the opportunity of earning the maximum return in proportion to one's ability, Five Sheets of Plywood, will help you in building a successful business," Raftis writes.

According to a Department of Labor report, nearly 600,000 businesses shutdown operations in 2002, he writes. How can new businesses survive, let alone prosper, in the current business climate?

Five Sheets of Plywood tells readers how.

Raftis' book is about the trench warfare of starting a business. He imparts his advice in a refreshingly honest, first person narrative, details the perils of business and offers his "wisdom," the type shared by one who built his business from scratch.

Raftis also provides answers about bankers, lawyers, unions and partnerships. He gives true assessments of business strategy and offers information for the next generation of young and hopeful entrepreneurs.

"Women now are in management positions of family-owned businesses. The advice, herein, applies to them," he writes.

With many businesses failing in the poor economy, people are left with few options. Raftis remembers this feeling. However, he remarkably turned his unemployment into a multimillion dollar company, and he thinks others can, too. With Five Sheets of Plywood, he shows readers how to go from broke to bursting success.


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