From the Marketplace: Textbooks Heaven: Teaching Kids the Value of Hard Work

"The important thing is . . . that parents are able to give their kids a good education."

—Michelle Silvestre, owner of Textbook Heaven

image001As any homeschooling parent knows, getting the right materials can be difficult. For Michelle Silvestre, it started as a tremendous challenge that led to an opportunity.

"I was working at a car rental agency full-time and as a courier part-time," Michelle recalls.

Always wanting to make sure her children's educational needs were being met, Michelle struggled to find quality educational materials that were still affordable. While searching for a homeschool curriculum for her daughter, Michelle discovered her local school district sold textbooks that were no longer being used.

She bought what she needed and after her daughter was finished with them, Michelle would resell the books to recoup some of her costs. Eventually, Michelle decided to approach the school district with an offer to buy the books in bulk.

"I saw the opportunity to make the books available to homeschoolers for a very good price," Michelle says. She successfully acquired contracts with several other school districts as well.

“The books pretty much took over my house!"

Always passionate about homeschooling, Michelle decided to use her new home business to teach her kids the value of hard work. The early days of her business weren't always glamorous.

"Instead of having a living room, there were boxes and boxes of books stacked up on the floor with small walkways in between," Michelle remembers. "My children were my shipping department.

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Coming from a family of small business owners, Michelle knew the secret to success was not just selling to a customer, but also providing exceptional help and customer support—even if that help ended up benefitting other small businesses besides her own.

"Not only do I sell products, but I am always giving advice to new homeschooling families," Michelle says. "The important thing is to make sure that parents are able to give their children a good education."

BIGGER than Tiananmen Square? Here's what the China protests are REALLY about

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China has been locking its citizens down for over two years under its zero-COVID policy, and it's becoming more and more clear that this isn’t just about COVID but something much more serious: slavery and control. Now it looks like many citizens have had enough. Protests are currently spreading throughout China and, unlike during the Tiananmen Square protests, the word is getting out.

On Monday's radio program, Glenn Beck looked into the protests' "real motivations," explained how they’re different from the 1989 protests at Tiananmen Square, and predicted how these events are a "game-changer for the entire world."

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Every year as Thanksgiving approaches, the fear of politics being brought up at the dinner table is shared by millions around the country. But comedian Jamie Kilstein has a guide for what you should do to avoid the awkward political turmoil so you can enjoy stuffing your face full of turkey.

Kilstein joined "The Glenn Beck Program" to dissect exactly how you can handle those awkward, news-related discussions around the table on Thanksgiving and provided his 3-step guide to help you survive the holidays with your favorite, liberal relatives: Find common ground, don’t take obvious bait, and remember that winning an argument at the cost of a family member won’t fix the issue you’re arguing about.

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