There are many reasons people opt to become small business owners. Some individuals choose business ownership because of the freedom it provides: Freedom from a boss who may not believe in you, freedom to fail or succeed by your own efforts, the freedom to design your own destiny. The woman at the helm of Haass Construction, Colleen Haass, started the company in the late seventies in her garage for just that reason. Colleen wanted the freedom and opportunity to show what she was capable of doing despite the fact (and perhaps even because of) she is deaf. Although Colleen was born deaf, she wasn’t diagnosed with profound sensorineural hearing loss until she was ten years old. Determined to succeed in life, Colleen taught herself to speak and rather than learn sign language, she has developed her lip reading ability almost to a fine art.
Haass Construction developed at a slow pace in part due to the fact that many people grew impatient when trying to communicate with... Read More