Here’s a feel-good story out of Henderson, Nevada about Chad New, a union electrician (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 357), who decided to turn unemployment into self-employment. From the Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Husband and wife Chad and Darci New opened their business, Reptiles-N-Reefs, out of a long time passion for collecting cold-blooded creatures.
“Henderson doesn’t really have a spot where somebody can go buy healthy, quality reptiles, fish, coral and supplies at an affordable price,” Chad New said.
Like with any new business, New has taken a risk by opening the store at 629 N. Stephanie St.
“It took everything we had to make our dream become a reality,” New said. “I’m hoping the community will support a mom-and-pop store.”
New, a union electrician by trade, was unemployed for a year. Instead of continuing to search for work, he decided to use his passion for reptiles as inspiration for a business .
New knows the exact amount “down to the penny” of what the store needs to earn each day to break even.
“That’s to pay for rent, power, Internet and telephone,” New said, ” and then pay myself something. Right now, I’m working for free.”
Read the whole story HERE and check out this brand new video of members of IBEW Local 357 setting up the massive Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.