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Four Years and Counting. It's Been a Great Trip!

Posted By Guy Timberlake, The American Small Business Coalition, LLC, Saturday, March 22, 2008
Updated: Sunday, June 29, 2008

I was speaking with my friend and mentor Mark Amtower earlier today talking about visibility, viral marketing and generally "how the heck did we get here from there!?!"

So often as he does, Mark reminds me that we have in fact worked for where we are and that some of what we are seeing is the result of our efforts. "But be humble about these achievements," he says. It kind of reminded me of the scene in Star Wars (Episode 4 from the original trilogy) where the Millenium Falcon is being chased by Tie Fighters and Luke Skywalker has manned a laser cannon. After destroying one of the fighters, Luke celebrates out loud to which Han Solo responds, "Don't get cocky boy!"


 It's difficult not to get pretty excited about what's going on now. I mean, we started four years ago as a bootstrap operation and no Members. After experiencing good growth and some substantial wins by our Members last year, this year came in like a lion. Really. Last year we grew by 150 companies the entire year and since January of this year, we've already grown by more than 80 companies. On top of that, we're getting information from our Members about more successes which they attribute to being associated with us.

Let's take Harry for example. Actually, before we take Harry, let me quickly state that The ASBC is not an IT-based organization. Now back to Harry. Harry's company is a moving and storage company that participates in our CORETM Membership program and they are an agent for Allied Van Lines. Since Harry joined us a few months ago, he has articulated to us that business has been good. Really good. So good in fact that before he won his most recent contract with the Army National Guard, he credited The ASBC with his doing $300K in billed business. The most recent contract, by the way, was the result of a referral from another Member to her contact at the Arlington Readiness Center. As Harry shared with the group that convened for one of our Business Over BreakfastTM events, in less than thirty days, that introduction resulted in a $100K contract with the Army National Guard where he is already working and they are paying him with a SmartPay Card. Not too shabby!

Harry wasn't alone either. The referral Harry received was also shared with another of our Members, who is quite honestly, a signmaker. I think the contract Martin and Ruth received was bigger than Harry's but I'm pretty sure that neither of them is upset about that fact. 

My point is that I'm looking forward to celebrating with everyone next month at our Fourth Anniversary Networking and Awards Reception at the Tower Club in Tysons Corner, VA. In addition to a great time networking and enjoying some great food (and an open bar!), this year Admiral Tuttle will present opening remarks and we've got some great awards to present to some of our Members this year (the one below is what we handed out last year).

The 2008 Member Awards to be presented this year include:

- Flag Bearer Award - presented to the Member who routinely carries the message of The ASBC through their continuous participation and support.

- Eagle Spirit Industry Award - presented to an Industry Member who through their advocacy of The ASBC and support of other Members, embodies the spirit of The ASBC.

- Eagle Spirit Government Award - presented to a Government Member who through their advocacy of The ASBC and support of other Members, embodies the spirit of The ASBC.

- Rookie of the Year Award - presented to a first-year Member in their first two years of business who has effectively leveraged The ASBC and achieved a level of success.

- Member of the Year Award - presented to the Member who has gone above and beyond in utilizing their membership, the resources of The ASBC and also provides ongoing and continuous support to others within The ASBC.

- Founders Awards - presented to two Members based on merit criteria established by the President and Chief Visionary respectively.

Special Honored Guests: We've extended invitations to the public servants charged with protecting the interests of the small business community to include The Honorable Nydia Velazquez, Chairwoman of the House Small Business Committee, The Honorable John Kerry, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship and The Honorable Ben Cardin, Member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

We're looking forward to a great celebration and hope to see you there! We're also looking forward to another four years, and then some!

Thanks everyone! 


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