While looking though some old photos I came across a photo of Ray and myself. We had known each other from high school….and when I returned to Muskegon…. discovered we were both in the home furnishings business.
At that time, there were many competitors in that business segment….three large and the rest of us medium size….competing it seems for each others business.
While we were competitors….Ray and I….along with several other businesses developed a cordial relationship. If one of us needed a table….frame….or carpet padding to complete an order….we provided it….and than returned the same or bought it at cost.
During our time in business….perhaps we didn’t realize it…..yet these relationships were a key business value. We did it because were willing to help each other.
That was good business and also the right thing to do.