Case | HBS Case Collection | November 1982 (Revised February 1985)

Ruth M. Owades

by Howard H. Stevenson, Richard O. von Werssowetz and Robert W. Kent


Ruth Owades developed a concept for a new mail order venture offering gardening products. Her current employer turned down the idea, so with permission to try it independently, she has begun the process of raising funds and preparing for a separate operation. She still has many uncertainties, but with a deadline approaching to meet the single selling season, she must decide to leave her job or give up the idea.

Keywords: Business Startups; Decisions; Entrepreneurship; Borrowing and Debt; Resignation and Termination; Operations; Risk and Uncertainty;


Stevenson, Howard H., Richard O. von Werssowetz, and Robert W. Kent. "Ruth M. Owades." Harvard Business School Case 383-051, November 1982. (Revised February 1985.)