My previous position as a market researcher for Odell Simms and Associates (OSA), outside of Washington DC, involved helping economic development offices for foreign governments. OSA conducts research and networking specific to the focus of each client. My responsibility included creating awareness for appropriate North American companies, acquaint executives with options for expanding internationally, and upon agreement would help carrying out due diligence. At first, I was assigned to the China team: downstream aluminum, LED r&d, chemical industry and more. Then the German team: photonics, manufacturing, and finance, etc. On the side, I was assigned the new clean-tech sector for the Italy team, because of my known independent study, advocacy, and knowledge of the industry. The exposure to my OSA research coupled with my own home study in investment strategy proved I was in a most rewarding position. OSA was paying me to explore companies that were expanding. The rewards of my own research soon outweighed the opportunity that OSA could provide. I ramped up on my own independent study: continued my self guilded financial education, investment research, and have been plotting various business plans. The problem now is that it may not be the best time to start up a business Since early 2001, I bought into the bearish literature which was beating drums and singing financial crisis. From Oct '06 to May '08 I had been preparing my portfolio for a pending crash. Now that the crash is present I have accomplished my own projections, executed my discounted buy limits in companies I believe will perform in the decades ahead. .