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We are honored and grateful to have been named the “Woman Owned Small Business Supplier of the Year” for 2018 from Siemens. We are very appreciative of the friends we have made through the years and are proud of the work we have done with this innovative organization.

Here is a “thank you” video we created for the Siemens Supplier Awards event for earning this incredible award.

 

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The National Small Business Association (NSBA). This is one of my favorite organizations. I’m obviously passionate about the NSBA–I talk about it, a lot.

I came from a small business family. I run a small business. And the NSBA advocates for small businesses.

Small business owners know how hard it is to keep up with the day to day tasks. And with so many government regulations, an organization like the NSBA is needed for small business owners all over the country. 

If you are a small business owner, the National Small Business Association has your back!

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In 2015 I had the opportunity to testify before Congress on the state of entrepreneurship and small business. Here is a guide from my experience for business owners who want to make their voice heard.

 

 

I walked in and was immediately struck by the formality of the room, the cameras, and hushed conversation. It was March 2015 and I had arrived in Washington DC to testify on behalf of the National Small Business Association (NSBA) before the House Committee on Small Business. The topic was “Building an Opportunity Economy: The State of Small Business and Entrepreneurship.” At the time, I was the Vice Chair of Advocacy for the NSBA.

It was, to say the least, an interesting experience. I routinely speak to large audiences, so this one was a small group by comparison. But it was, I feel, one of my most important presentations to this day.

Here’s a little inside look at what it was like to testify before Congress:

  • Before you testify on the Hill you must submit written testimony. Mine was a combination of information gleaned from a survey by the NSBA about the state of small business but also my personal experience as a business owner.
  • On the day of testimony, you are given a time limit… and a big clock that counts down to be sure you do not go over. Once everyone on the panel has spoken, the questions start. Not just about what you have said, but also questions regarding your written testimony which is more in-depth.
  • The panel was diverse, but I was the only small business owner, so it was not surprising that many of the questions came my way. Fortunately, one of the things I teach in presentation training is to have five times more information than you need. It came in handy and I was prepared.

I agreed to do this because I felt it was a chance to make the case for supporting small business with certain legislation. If presented with the opportunity to testify before Congress – either on the state or federal level, take it. It truly is an honor.

Here are a few tips that might help when testifying before Congress:

  • Be prepared. It can feel a little intimidating, so don’t wait until the last minute to develop your content.
  • You don’t need to be an expert on legislation. You do need to draw on your personal experience as a business owner to tell a story or express an opinion about how a certain issue is impacting your business.
  • Don’t feel that you must answer every question. If you don’t know something just say so. The purpose of testifying is to provide good information. You do not want to say the wrong thing. Stick to what you know.

Not everyone gets the opportunity to provide testimony, but everyone can be sure that their perspective is heard by reaching out to elected officials or through organizations like the National Small Business Association. Every two years they hold the Small Business Congress in Washington DC. This year, there are several opportunities to attend regional events in advance where business owners can weigh-in on their priorities and learn about the issues. As the current Board Chair of the NSBA, I will be traveling to a few them. Then in November, we will gather to “discuss, debate and decide on the small business agenda for the next two years.”

Consider joining me and other business owners from around the country November 14-15 in Washington DC.

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Small Business For Big Thinkers. Just because you are a small business, it doesn’t mean you should think small. It’s why I am so passionate about my workshops on this topic–I teach businesses how to get down in the trenches. Which leads to the opportunity to win big business.

Understand that big business is a relative term based on the current size of your business (ie a business bigger than yours).

This video gets into why it’s important to win big business and the different things I talk about in my workshops.

If you are interested in learning more about my workshop, let’s talk.

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Small business owners have so many issues to deal with. So much so in fact that many owners throw up their hands and say, “I don’t know where to start.” This leads to many would be leaders not taking the step to follow their dream. To me, that’s sad. And the main reason why it’s sad is small business owners are job creators and that’s good for everyone. The fear of starting a new business has a lot to do with the many regulations that need to be dealt with. That’s why it’s important to align yourself with people that can help you with navigating small business.

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Are you ready to work with large companies? Anytime you go after any new market, you only have one chance to get it right. Watch as I discuss some of the challenges you may face when working with big business.

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Big business and small business sometimes have a love-hate relationship. Watch this short video to learn more.

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As many in manufacturing know, Toyota was the company that really brought the lean business model mainstream. I’ve helped a number of companies introduce the lean production concept into their own business. Small businesses are often lean and therefore can offer great value at a lower cost than a big business. 

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Watch as I share how I received some of the best business experience in the world and grew to love business.

In my dad’s dry cleaning business I was able to work in production, sales, and management. Each role took time to learn and get good at, and each led me to the next step. All of it gave me my foundation of loving business.

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Why does big business like small business? Here are several reasons I gave at a speaking event in La Jolla, CA. They include:

• Small businesses are easy to work with.

• Small businesses don’t have teams of people or lawyer after lawyer analyzing every line of a contract.

• Small businesses are fast to respond.

• Small businesses are available.

• Small businesses can change course and can create new ideas.

These are just some of the reasons I give on why big businesses like small businesses. Watch the video to hear more reasons and the stories behind these reasons.