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Delivering Great – year 2

2 years

It’s our 2nd anniversary

I’ve heard it said that most businesses fail within the first 2 years.  If this is true, I guess we’ve overcome a big hurdle.  I am proud and humbled by our success. Over the last 2 years we have focused on delivering great. Great products. Great results. Great effort. All of these things, we believe will lead to great success.  We have never focused on the money. I’ve always said that if you deliver great, the money will follow.  So far, we’ve been right.

We, our, us

When I speak about Propel Pages, I often say we, our and us.  This may seem odd since Propel Pages at face value is really just me, but looking deeper it’s really made up of many people who have an influence on this business.  Propel Pages is made up of our customers, contractors, friends, family and advisers. We all share in the success of this venture. We have succeeded in spite of others in our industry saying that it can’t be done without a full-time sales dept., big office and all of the conventional business operations. As I’ve said before; it’s the product that drives the sales, not the other way around.

Don’t take it personally, it’s just business.

Keep reading. It just keeps getting better.

Guide to Starting and Operating a Small Business

guide to starting a small business

We have just received a PDF copy of the 2011 Guide to starting and operating a small business from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. & the Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center. If you’re thinking of starting a small business or need a bit of guidance on an existing business; this guide has all the important information that you’ll need to know. Download it below and checkout the “Are You Ready to Start a Business? – A short personal assessment tool”
2011 Guide to Starting and Operating a Small Business

Are You Ready to Start a Business? – A short personal assessment tool.

Being your own boss is wonderfully exciting, but isn’t for everyone. Anyone considering starting a business needs first to consider if they are suited for it, personally and professionally. There is no right or wrong answer to each of these questions. This is a self-evaluation to help you think through critical aspects of your personal and business readiness to be self-employed. It is designed to help you assess your reasons and qualifications for going into business, to help you set personal and business goals, consider if this is the right time to start a business, if you have the freedom, flexibility and resources to start a business, to consider your health and stamina, and how you will balance family and business. Suggestion: Bring a completed version of this self-assessment to your first MI-SBTDC counseling session. It will provide a profile of you and your readiness and help your counselor become acquainted with you. To self-assess, ask yourself the following questions and answer as honestly and in as much detail as possible.

SELF ASSESSMENT: Are You Ready To Be In Business?

  1. Why do I want to start a business? OR Why am I in business?
  2. Specifically, what kind of business do I want to start (or am I in)?
  3. Why do I believe I can make this type of business work?
  4. Why do I believe this type of business is sustainable?
  5. What education, skill or experience do I have in this industry?
  6. What is my true purpose and/or the goal I hope to accomplish with this business?
  7. What is the financial goal I am seeking to achieve?
  8. If I will need financing, do I have the resources and credit worthiness necessary to be eligible? [High credit score plus assets, collateral and good financial history.]
  9. What are my strengths?
  10. What are my weaknesses?
  11. What is my physical, mental and emotional health and stamina?
  12. What knowledge and skills do I have to start and control the day-to-day operations of a
    business?
  13. Do I know and understand the technology necessary to be competitive in this business?
  14. Do I have good judgment in people and ideas?
  15. What sacrifices and risks am I willing to take to be successful?
  16. What will it take for me to balance personal life and business demands?

Lincoln’s Proclamation of Thanksgiving

Abraham Lincoln Thanksgiving ProclamationThis is the proclamation which set the precedent for America’s national day of Thanksgiving. During his administration, President Lincoln issued many orders similar to this. For example, on November 28, 1861, he ordered government departments closed for a local day of thanksgiving.

This document references God several times and set Thanksgiving to be a “Day of Thanksgiving And Praise”. I can’t help but wonder if such a document would even be allowed to be written today.  Many people believe that religion has no place in government. This is one more document that shows that our government was based on God and the freedoms of religion.

Washington, D.C.
October 3, 1863

By the President of the United States of America.

A Proclamation.

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consiousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the Unites States the Eighty-eighth.

By the President: Abraham Lincoln

William H. Seward,
Secretary of State

I invite you to share this with your friends and family members, and let it serve as a reminder for all of us what this Holiday was truly meant to be.