I encourage local business owners and managers to check out the events connected to Small Business Week and commit to getting involved in at least one activity that will lead to deliberate action to improve their businesses. There's a button at the bottom of this post that will link you to the website with details. In addition to providing opportunities to take a short break from the day today, the events planned for Small Business Week are a great chance for business owners to interact with each other – something that is all too rare in our time poor lives.
If you do decide to get out and participate in Small Business Week, I encourage you to do so with the following rules in mind to make sure that you get the most out of the experience and that it is a productive, valuable use of your time.
Rule #1 – No whingeing.
It’s just too easy to squander this opportunity to take pot shots at the government. I have always been an advocate for small business that isn’t afraid to call government on the carpet when they’re throwing up roadblocks to business owners doing what they do best. But Small Business Week shouldn’t be about pointing out what’s wrong with the government’s approach to supporting business. Instead, focus on what you as a business owner can do (something that is within your control) to make your business better than it was yesterday.
Rule #2 – Stretch yourself.
Choose an event or activity that will help you improve on your strengths, develop an area of weakness or just get you out of your comfort zone and doing something that you wouldn’t normally do. Take the opportunity to learn something that will have an impact on your business or your life for the better. In the words of old-school rap legends (and business mentors) RUN DMC – “The next time someone’s teaching, why don’t you get taught?”
Rule #3 – Make a connection.
Interact with people. Meet someone new. Ask people a lot of questions. Actively seek out different perspectives and advice from others who, just like you, are trying to make their business as successful as they can. Too many small business owners suffer in isolation with no one to turn to for advice and support, be accountable to or simply have a conversation with. Businesses run on the rails of relationships – don’t run out of track.
Enjoy Small Business Week! And if you learn something new or exciting, be sure to let me know &
I’ll share it with my network so everyone can benefit.