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Jeremy Hixon

Portland, Maine 04101

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Local Entrepreneur Enjoys Flexibility and Financial Stability 

Portland, Maine. – January 11, 2011 – The latest economic indicators for May bring some hopeful tidings, but also some significant concerns. The U.S. unemployment rate is as high as it has been in 25 years, and there is continued concern about sizable job losses to come. The recession has been a source of severe stress for many throughout the country. 

According to the recent Multi-Sponsor Surveys’ 2009 Economic Impact Market Segmentation Study, 49% of employed adults expressed worry about potential job loss, while 32% admitted to “significant” financial troubles.    

But amid numerous reports of havoc and despair created by the current economic climate, Jeremy Hixon, a local small-business entrepreneur here in Portland, reports a very different experience during this recession.

“If it weren’t for the additional income my health-and-wellness business generates, I think my family would probably be in a very different place,” says Jem Hixon, who operates a Shaklee business out of his home.

“My business helps us not only continue to pay the bills on time, but it also generates additional income which we save to have on hand for unexpected situations, or use when we want to do something special, like take a trip, buy a new car, or remodel the kitchen—things that would otherwise be outside of our budget.”

Jeremy Hixon credits his home business for helping to alleviate much of his family’s stress and says his business has eased financial concerns while providing flexibility—qualities that can insulate a family from the changing tides of the economy. Most people who run a business from home work only part time, so there’s freedom to plan business activities around the busy schedule of a young family.

“When I began my business,” says Hixon, “it was on a very part-time basis.  Since I started, I’ve increased the amount of time I spend working with it. Using the Internet and communicating my business online makes my work much more efficient and flexible at the same time, making it possible for me to work on my business pretty much whenever I have downtime from my other responsibilities.  Plus, it was easy and inexpensive to get started, and there’s no need to make space in our home for any inventory since the company ships directly to my customers.” 

Home businesses have drawn considerable interest from people who may be having a difficult time finding employment and from those looking for an income opportunity that also resonates with their personal beliefs—characteristics that most jobs likely do not offer. 

“Because I recommend products that help people to be healthier, that help our environment to be cleaner, and for homes to be safer, I feel good about what I do. And because I also offer the chance for other people to do what I’m doing—to achieve independence in a way they may not have thought possible—there’s an incredible feeling of satisfaction in knowing that I can help make a real difference for people looking for extra income right now.”   

According to the 2009 Economic Impact Market Segmentation Study, 60% of adults are now interested in operating a home business in response to the economic downturn. 

“To me, there’s a great sense of security knowing that my business is backed by a company that has a proven track record and more than 50 years of experience giving people the means to thrive, even during the most difficult economic times,” says Hixon. “Shaklee has grown during each of the prior recessions since it was founded in 1956.”

For more information about Shaklee, please visit Http://holisticratshome.myshaklee.com


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About Shaklee Corporation

Founded more than 50 years ago, Shaklee has been a leading provider of premium-quality natural nutrition products, personal care products, and environmentally friendly home care products. In 2000, Shaklee became the first company in the world to be Climate Neutral™ certified to totally offset its CO2 emissions, resulting in a net-zero impact on the environment. Through Social Marketing™, Shaklee offers an economic opportunity to anyone regardless of background or experience, and has paid more than $4 billion in commissions to its independent distributors worldwide. With a robust product portfolio, including over 50 patents and patents pending, Shaklee has more than 750,000 Members and Distributors around the globe and operates in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan, and China. For information about Shaklee, visit http://www.Shaklee.com.


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400-year-old cat found in bathroom

Tuesday, April 21, 2009, 14:35

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A 400-YEAR-OLD cat is the last thing you would expect to find when renovating your home.

But that is exactly what builders came across in the bathroom of an Ugborough cottage.

Local legend has it that the mummified moggy was placed in the walls of the house near Plymouth to ward off witches four centuries ago and owner Richard Parson said it had done a good job so far.

"I am of the opinion that it works as, since we have lived in the village, we have seen sight nor sound of any witches," he said.

The new family pet has caused quite a stir in the village with neighbours telling tales of superstition and witchcraft.


"We moved in 18 months ago and were told by neighbours about the cat, which was found when there was building work done in the 1980s," said Mr Parson, company director of funeral business Walter C Parson.

"We were also told about a child’s booty, left in the house because it was once used as a cobblers and was supposed to bring luck.

The exact location of the cat was a secret until it was unearthed."

And despite spending 400 years cooped up in a wall, the cat is in recognisable shape and still has all its claws and teeth.

"It is quite scary looking and is a lot bigger than a normal domestic cat," said Mr Parson.

Admitting that his first thought was to throw the ancient animal in the bin, the 42-year-old has since been persuaded to keep it and re-bury it in the house.

"My neighbours said I couldn’t throw it away so we plan to put it back on completion of the building work.

"But my wife is not all that keen on it, saying she will have bad dreams.

"I am not a superstitious man but the cat is a little bit of village history and adds charm to the property."

Mr Parson’s wife, Sarah, said she was not told about the cat until after they bought the house, because her husband knew she would not like it.

Mrs Parson was at home when the builders found the cat, stuck into the insulation in a wall.

She said: "It was quite a shock. It’s not the most attractive cat. It’s perfectly preserved but with its mouth open, and in pounce position.

"My first reaction was ‘get rid of it,’ but my husband assured me it brings good luck. His line of business is such that he doesn’t mind that sort of thing much.

"We’re going to put it back, but I don’t want to know where – I wouldn’t be able to walk across the room."

Witchcraft and magic expert Dr Marian Gibson, from the University of Exeter’s Cornwall campus, said she was fascinated by the feline find.

"It isn’t uncommon to find these sorts of things across Britain and Europe," she said.

"The idea was to put an animal into the foundations or walls of the building and its death would give safety to the building and its inhabitants."

400-year-old cat found in bathroom

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