Audio Recording "Every person that owns a business, it's hard to let it go, you don't want to give it up."

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Title
"Every person that owns a business, it's hard to let it go, you don't want to give it up."
Contributor Names
Contreras-Mas, Sylvia (Narrator)
Curling, Amada (Narrator)
Carroll, Thomas D. (Interviewer)
Created / Published
1994-09-15
Subject Headings
-  Oral history
-  Interviews
-  Sound recordings
-  Clothing industry
-  Family-run businesses
-  21st Avenue (Paterson, N. J.)
-  V. B. F. Trim Company (Paterson, N.J.)
-  Ethnography
-  United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson
Genre
Ethnography
Interviews
Notes
-  Interview with Amada Curling and Sylvia Contreras-Mas, co-owners of V.B.F., a garment cutting and sewing contractor business.
-  Summary of audio segment: TC asks, So what's the payoff, why stay in the business? SC-M says they try to figure out why. When they started out, they did very well. But once you're involved in the business, it's hard to let it go, it's hard to say, I give up. That's the main thing that keeps you going. You don't want to give up. Sometimes your accountant or your paper says, well you should just give it up. But it's really hard to let it go. You've been doing it for such a long time, and keep waiting for that big account, and thinking things will get back to the way it used to be. But it's really hard all over, it's a very tough business to be in at this point. TC asks, and it's all due to foreign competition? SC-M says absolutely, they just keep wanting to do it cheaper, and doesn't see how they can do it cheaper. And you lose money.
Medium
Digital Audio Tape
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1995/028: WIP-TDC-A027
Source Collection
Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)
Repository
American Folklife Center
Digital Id
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/afcwip.tca02707
Online Format
audio

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Working in Paterson Project collection, 1993-2002 (AFC 1995/028), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Chicago citation style:

Contreras-Mas, Sylvia, Amada Curling, and Thomas D Carroll. "Every person that owns a business, it's hard to let it go, you don't want to give it up.". -09-15, 1994. Audio. https://www.loc.gov/item/afcwip004026/.

APA citation style:

Contreras-Mas, S., Curling, A. & Carroll, T. D. (1994) "Every person that owns a business, it's hard to let it go, you don't want to give it up.". -09-15. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afcwip004026/.

MLA citation style:

Contreras-Mas, Sylvia, Amada Curling, and Thomas D Carroll. "Every person that owns a business, it's hard to let it go, you don't want to give it up.". -09-15, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afcwip004026/>.