ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Michael "Mike" Couture
My dream as a young boy growing up in the rockbound state of Maine, known for its independent thinking citizens, was to forge my own path in this world. I was the first born in my family and my parents instilled in me the mindset that I was responsible for the person I would become.
I married young at nineteen and worked fulltime for a wholesale chemical distributor located on the waterfront in Portland, Maine. I also attended college four nights a week taking five years to earn my Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Business Management.
From there I spent most of my working career as founder and co-founder of several businesses and enjoyed the satisfaction of providing my family and many employees, associates and partners with a rewarding workplace environment and competitive compensation packages through these businesses.
I am now seventy-years old, and I am in pain. I have been on a roller coaster of emotional pain for the last decade. I spent forty-plus years pursuing my life-long goal of being an entrepreneur and building a successful business. Writing this book is my effort to overcome the pain caused by the loss of this business in 2012.
Mike's Entrepreneurial Journey
On September 13, 2012, my three business partners expelled me from the business I had originally founded in Bentonville, Arkansas in 2000. On the day I was expelled these three men took my 30% ownership and distributed it equally amongst themselves. I was sixty years old and out of a job. This was not just losing any job. This was the disintegration of my entrepreneurial career that I had aspired to as a young boy and spent my adult life building.
When The Bottom Drops Out –
Overcoming The Devastating Loss Of Your Business
THE GOAL OF THIS BOOK
To leave a positive legacy for Mike's family.
To overcome the trauma Mike endured.
To address the unfairness of the legal system.
"You must remember that some things legally right are not morally right."
"Personal and moral integrity is one of our basic fundamentals and it has to start with each of us."
Martin Luther King, Jr.
"The time is always right to do what is right."