Posted By Guy Timberlake, The American Small Business Coalition, LLC,
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
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I can't believe it's already been five years!Seriously though, I mean I still remember taking over the reins of the Washington Breakfast Club from Bob Salisbury, and hosting Monday meetings at local area Borders and I remember our first Members!
I remember two web portals ago when we had to manually process all transactions and when we switched to a system that required no intervention on our part.
We remember the first call from a government agency seeking our support in identifying small businesses for a requirement.
We remember "Aegis Mission Essential Personnel" as the small Ohio start-up (at the same time we were a start-up, too) with fewer than twenty employees that took a chance on us way back when. Today as "Mission Essential Personnel" this organization (whose leadership team graciously gives us credit for contributing to their growth) has over four-thousand employees and is on an upward climb that we hope never stops. The small business we once went looking for is now looking for small business partners through The ASBC.Now we're closing in on five hundred organizations being represented by The American Small Business Coalition, and according to our friends and advisors, we're still on the up slope to our tipping point. That's scary.Five years. Wow!
Let me start giving some kudos now.
First, my partner in business and in life is the coolest, most supportive person anyone could ask for in any situation, bar none. Maggie is a trooper and I am blessed and fortunate to have found her.
Our advisory board is a group of leaders who give of their time to support our dream. They tolerate me very well (c'mon, I'm a visionary!) and have never given up on us. Without their guidance and advocacy, The ASBC would be a shell of its current self.
Our Members are a dynamic and ambitious group of entrepreneurs and business owners. Not only are they here to benefit from The ASBC, they are here to benefit The ASBC, and they do. A great example is our fifth anniversary event where more than forty of our Members, worked in shifts to ensure our event was staffed the entire day. The feedback we received from presenters and attendees about our event team was incredible and humbling. You guys and gals are the best!
The Annual Member Awards.
What can I say? Recognizing folks for their successes and contributions never get's old. This year was special for lots of reasons, but especially because we were joined by the Doctor family as we announced the Lieutenant General Henry Doctor Jr. Leadership Award to be presented annually to the top male and female cadet at South Carolina State University, alma mater to our late friend Hank Doctor. To his widow Janie and their daughters Lori, Cheryl and Connie, Maggie and I are glad you could join us that evening as we honored and remembered him.
Then there was the photo booth! Let's just say that there are a lot of folks who will never have to worry about being vetted for public office. Just kidding!
We always have a good time.
The NavtechGPS Team receives their award as our 2009 New Member of the Year. In addition
to Maggie and I, pictured are Precy Jenssen, Yelena Teterina, Paul Witt, Franck Boynton, Carolyn McDonald (holding flag), Timothy Mallon, Henry Orejuela and Keith McDonald. Each of the flags presented to our Annual Member Award honorees was flown over the U.S. Capitol for them by Senator Ben Cardin (MD) who also included a citation for each.
Maggie and I look forward to continuing as part of the government sector community and more importantly, as useful contributors to that community. We appreciate all of the support we've received over the first five, and intend to pay it forward every chance we get.
Thanks for having us and here's to continued success!
P.S. We miss you Hank! SCSU/554