This is a complete departure from my normal pieces, but I hope you find it interesting and valuable. I just had a conversation that made me very sentimental for all of the right reasons and I wanted to share it because there are so many in the government contracting community that believe in what it is Maggie and I do (and try to do) in leading The American Small Business Coalition.
In a nutshell, everything we have ever tried to do, through the ups and downs of running a business and managing expectations (ours and those of everyone else) was just validated in a way I never expected to see or hear. That is very gratifying.
By no means do we think we're perfect or anywhere close to it, but one of the pieces of feedback we receive regularly from members and observers is the fact we believe in what we are doing, we are passionate about it, and we constantly strive to do better.
Most that know me understand I am a consummate entrepreneurial perfectionist. Satisfaction is not something I expect to achieve. I was given the tag of visionary years ago because of my constant flow of thinking up ways to do things that will help our community, more often and in better ways. Maggie and I are blessed to be surrounded by many great people who participate in and avidly support The American Small Business Coalition, and were it not for them, we might not exist today given some of the personal and professional challenges we have faced over the years.
We have also had the privilege of being students (up close and very personal) to the life of small federal contractors since 2004. Our ability to support our members has grown exponentially based on hundreds of companies and thousands of discussions about what works, what doesn't and why.
On April 20th we celebrated the ninth anniversary of The American Small Business Coalition, and we like to believe we are wiser now than when we started. We're opening up some doors we had closed previously, and have also opened our minds to doing things in ways not thought up by us. This has resulted in a small revival of former members coming back into the fold and new members coming aboard more often. I guess that would be a sign.
The conversation I had earlier helped me to understand that Maggie and I are still on the right path, and that there are more supporters of us and The American Small Business Coalition than we knew. Our promise is to continue to do the right things, for the right reasons that help us support our business and family and those of our members and partners in Government and Industry.
Peace.The Chief Visionary
"The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it."