Greetings and Happy Holidays to you all from my dining room table. How our work environments have changed!
In gathering my thoughts for our last newsletter of the year, the following phrase comes to mind:
“If I knew then what I know now.”
Who could have imagined last year at this time, what was about to hit us, and how significantly our lives would be disrupted?
What I’ve observed most profoundly this past year is the courage, fortitude, and dedication of the small business community and the hundreds, if not thousands of professionals who support them. Our country has taken a collective new lens when considering the journey small business owners take when opening their shops and trying to make a ‘go’ of it as entrepreneurs.
What I’ve also observed is those small businesses that are most likely to manage through unforeseen struggles are those with a plan, a backup plan, and a plan after that. Challenges come to all small businesses–pandemics, business downturns, natural disasters, loss of key employees, etc. Planning for the inevitable setback gives owners a roadmap and piece of mind that they can overcome disruption, innovate, and shift to get back on track. Having a mentor or advisor to turn to certainly helps.
I’m so incredibly proud to work with a team of small business professionals—business advisors, instructors, faculty, strategists, mentors, administrators, program managers, support staff, who deeply care about helping people succeed. The Mill is a remarkable collective of resources to help small businesses in good times and in bad. There’s nothing more gratifying than hearing from a small business that the work we do makes a big difference in their success.