An Open Letter To Donald Trump
From Mel Hathorn
RE: A suggestion for “The Apprentice.”
Dear Mr. Trump:
There once was a rich Texan rancher that possessed thousands of acres of land and a similar amount of cattle. His neighbor had only a few acres with one calf, an award-winning heifer. He planned on using the heifer to earn money through breeding fees.
Through a series of legal manipulations, the rich rancher obtained possession of the poor man’s land and prize-winning calf. The poor man was left with nothing.
What does this have to do with The Apprentice?
I would respectfully suggest that your television program, The Apprentice, has in recent months focused on helping large corporations with huge budgets market cars, DVDs, etc. This is like helping the rich rancher in Texas.
Why not help the poor rancher? Why not design your apprentice projects to work with small and family-owned businesses? Why not work with developing market strategies and strategic planning activities for these small and family-owned concerns?
Small business provides most of the jobs in this country. Helping even one small business could provide information and a model for other small businesses to emulate. This could raise the economic and awareness level of small business to an unprecedented rate.
This would also make The Apprentice a creative public relations coup for Trump enterprises and raise the Apprentice to a higher level and popularity that is found with shows like Oprah and Extreme Home Makeover.
Thank You for your attention.