It’s almost Thanksgiving here in the U.S. – a day where we signify our gratitude for our blessings in life (originated as a day to show gratitude for a good harvest). I’m feeling especially grateful for my own “harvest” of sorts – that of a tremendous network of industry colleagues and friends. In the last few weeks I’ve been given such selfless gifts from my business network and I’m feeling really blessed to know – and have the respect of – so many very smart people.
People have given me their time, advice, new ideas, referrals and references that have really wowed me. I only hope that I can return the favor in some way now or in the future, if I haven’t already paid it forward in the past.
Take care of your network – lend a hand, an idea, an hour to brainstorm. Give when you don’t need something. The rewards will come to you when the time is right.
Thank you to those who have helped me recently with a phone call, product review, advice, connection, referral and more. Marc, David, Kevin, Steve, Parker, Sue, Yan, Chris, Si, George, Carter … you know who you are, and I’m grateful to know you.
I had a great time at last night’s Small Business Influencer Awards Event in New York City. It was a nice opportunity to meet others who champion the small business community. From accountants to social media mavens, journalists to CEOs, the room was full of lively people, stories and camaraderie. (Ramon Ray, host and producer (among other things) was especially inspiring and energetic!)
I encourage you to look through the list of other Top 100 Champions – you may find new customers, partners or vendors – or maybe just a great mentor. I can personally recommend, from experience, Constant Contact (for email newsletters), AMEX Open (community and resources), Dropbox (for storage and backup), Hootsuite (for social media management like a pro!), Vistaprint (great printed collateral), and many of the individual Pros like Aliza Sherman, Brian Moran and Ted Murphy who give their time, insights, advice and counsel to many small business entrepreneurs daily.
I’m honored to be a part of such a supportive community, and proud to be a small business owner myself (for 15 years and counting)! If I, or my agency, can help you in any way – business plans, digital content, marketing/pr, sales and marketing materials, training services, social media management and training, etc. – please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
In the meantime, support small businesses in your area!
I really enjoy Inc Magazine and the issue that arrived in mid August, highlighting America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies, was no exception. It’s a fantastic issue with enough information, broken down in a plethora of ways, to motivate you to work smarter, push harder and achieve your dreams. If these 500 companies can thrive in “a decade of turmoil,” there’s hope for all of us to do so in better times.
Many intriguing facts are included and I was surprised that 22% of the Inc 500 CEOs listed credit cards as one of their source funds – more than bank loans and almost as much as funding from Angel investors (23%). I wonder how much the credit crisis, and challenges for SMBs to get bank loans, played in these numbers.
I also enjoyed reading about the top Women-owned businesses – click through for the full issue.