Friday, November 21, 2008


Communities create anniversaries to recognize major events.  In many ways the recognition of milestones are particularly important for business.  Over 80% of businesses fail in the first five years, and having had a business in existence for four years - I can personally attest to how hard it is to keep going.  In today's marketplace, the entrepreneur has to constantly ask "how am I bringing value" - to clients, customers, stakeholders, the community and even your own family.

I went to a great anniversary event at O'Malleys on Main Street last night.  Brian Kyle, was celebrating 10 years of success in running his restaurant and serving the Seal Beach community.  This milestone was significant and really great fun!  It also showed that he wanted to appreciate his patrons.

What anniversary might you wish to share with others?  For that matter, have you celebrated an anniversary anytime in the last year?  If not, plan one now!  We hear doom, gloom and horrible economic news all the time on the news and about our economy.  Stop buying into the crisis - buy into yourself and your business.  If you don't, others certainly won't.

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