What was the most rewarding part of the Awards process?
For me, it was getting to talk to so many other entrepreneurs that are in a similar situation to ours. Hearing their stories and getting to add them to our professional circle was really great. We were able to chat about the common things small businesses go through, learn from them, and build our network.
I’m a bit of a serial entrepreneur, I’ve started three businesses in the last four years, and just getting to hear other ideas and innovative solutions to problems was amazing. It helped me keep the entrepreneurial tool sharp so to speak and start thinking of other ways I can innovate in future.
Was your experience with the SBBC Awards worthwhile?
I think so. Yea, definitely.
For a lot of small businesses, the monetary outcome is not necessarily the outcome you’re going to get. The truth is, it’s only a tiny number of small businesses that take off and make millions of dollars, blowing up the owner’s bank account.
Typically, the rewards you receive aren’t to do with money. The SBBC Awards are the perfect example of this. Business owners can enter and get recognized for the hard work they’ve put in, the ideas you’ve had, or the innovation you’ve created. Typically, these businesses will stay small and it’s really nice to have a way for them to receive recognition that isn’t tied to how much money they make. It’s a level playing field.
What advice would you give to any businesses entering the SBBC Awards this year?
I’ve always been of the opinion there’s no such thing as good luck. In business, you have to take a chance on things or you won’t have the opportunity to enjoy a positive outcome. The Awards are the same idea.
Even if you don’t end up winning, there’s plenty of positive outcomes to experience. You’ll get to meet new people, you’ll get recognized in a way you wouldn’t, and you’ll be able to access new professional circles. I think it’s extremely important for business owners to take chances like this. We definitely didn’t expect to win, not even close to it.
We looked at the businesses that we were up against and thought there were some clearly above us. Turns out, our own assessment of our business didn’t line up with the reality. Now, imagine we had self-excluded ourselves because of that worry?
I’ll hand it over to Wayne Gretzky for my final thought on this – ‘you miss all of the shots you don’t take.’