ECONOMICS LESSON: Succeed despite a harsh economy

Charlene Corley devised a method for making her business thrive even when economic conditions are dire. A March 3, 2009 Bloomberg News report gives details:

Among the Defense Department payments made to Corley, co-owner of a South Carolina parts distributor, was $998,798 for shipping two 19-cent washers to an Army base in Texas; $455,009 to ship three machine screws costing $1.31 each to Marines in Habbaniyah, Iraq; and $293,451 to ship an 89-cent split washer to Patrick Air Force Base in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Pentagon records show.