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Posted By Guy Timberlake, The American Small Business Coalition, LLC, Friday, November 05, 2010
Members Step Up to Support Day-to-Day Operations and Success of Annual B2G Essentials™ Conference after Chief Visionary takes ill

"Reports of my demise have been greatly exaggerated." (
I always wanted to say that!)

You may have heard I was ill and recently in the hospital and may even have heard I underwent surgery, etc. It's all true and I'm happy to say after two weeks in two different facilities, I am home and on the mend. What happened? We're still waiting to find out which bus it was that ran me over, but in a nutshell, due to a venomous bite and/or bacterial infection, I ended up needing a few surgeries on my leg to undo the damage being done by the venom/infection. I'll leave it at that.

Friends and family are a true gift and I would not have made it through without their love and support. My motivation was getting back home to Maggie and our little girl Pem. Speaking of Maggie...she's a real trooper! In addition to taking care of our home, our daughter and me, she kept things steady at The ASBC, too. I don't know how she managed it all, but she did it, well. I'm starting proceedings with the Vatican to have Bill and Lin (Maggie's parents) canonized for all of the sacrifices they made during this time especially when it came to Pem. There is no way I can thank them enough.

Then there is this other group of folks that stepped up to "Protect This House" called The American Small Business Coalition.

In addition to our employees (Shanita, Linda and Pigeon) stepping up in more ways than one, a number of our members did so in a huge way. Mind you, these are business owners and representatives of member companies with families of their own who came together to make sure The ASBC continued operation as if nothing had changed. Did I mention there was an annual conference about to get underway?

For the first time in the history of our organization, I was not in attendance at one of our major events. Our conference planning committee, staff and thirty volunteers made the final planning and actual execution of the event a huge success!

Wow and thank you!

I was getting occasional play-by-play throughout the day and was antsy not being there, but the folks we called on and those who stepped up of their own initiative saved the day.

This hearkens back to comments we've received over the years from members and the casual passerby about the "feel" of this organization. We don't have the institutional feel of many organizations, quite the opposite. It's more familial at The ASBC. You see it in the way members collaborate and share business opportunities and especially in the way members talk about and defend the organization. Sure, we're a little quirky with our rules regarding membership and not allowing members to solicit one another, and people are constantly amazed that we actually turn people down for membership based on our application criteria. We didn't build The ASBC for everyone, we built it for anyone that sees our culture as conducive to their personal and business growth and wants to be part of a community that truly works together and looks out for one another.

I think this recent episode reaffirms the philosophy Maggie and I try to instill in The ASBC.

To everyone who helped out and those who offered up well wishes and prayers, thank you on behalf of my family and The American Small Business Coalition, LLC.


Guy Timberlake
Chief Visionary and CEO

The person who says it cannot be done should stop interrupting the person doing it.

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