Out of the blue, I received an email from the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce one day notifying me that we were nominated for a 2016 Business Excellence award.Once I got past my shock and disbelief that they must have the wrong Susan… it began to sink in that someone out there thought we were worthy enough of this nomination. Wow, what an honor! Part of the nomination process consisted of a 30-minute interview in front of a 3-judge panel. Imagine being forced to actually brag about yourself for a half an hour! Talk about squirming in my seat! Fast forward to last week where the awards ceremony took place.
Much to my relief, our category was up first so I could relax the rest of the evening. To be honest, I wasn’t all that anxious – I knew the odds of winning were only 1 in 7 so I waited patiently for the winner’s name to be announced, not at all expecting it to be us. We are not the first business I’ve created; there’s been plenty others ranging from creating craft pieces to faux finish painting. But no matter what I did, I was very passionate about it. Don’t waste your time trying to run a business just to make money. You’re going to tire of it very quickly and it will be harder to make sales.
But when you’re passionate about what you do, others will immediately see that and will be drawn to you like a magnet. One of the truest joys I receive is the knowing how much we are able to help a new business owner get their online presence up and running. Being a part of their joy at seeing their dream materialize into something tangible gives me just as much joy. Running an own business needs lots of knowledge.