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cpa t-shirt

My father was a CPA with a sense of humor. While the literal translation of CPA is Certified Public Accountant, my dad had t-shirts printed up for his team emphasizing and embracing the stereotype often associated with accountants.

Meanwhile, my dad’s younger brother loved poking fun at my dad. I’ll never forget my Uncle Gary saying to me, “Sherri, as an accountant, all your dad does is look in the rear-view mirror. He’s only concerned with what’s already happened. Me? I’m an entrepreneur. I look through the windshield – always looking towards the future!”

rear view mirrorAt the SBDC, we help clients examine what’s behind you (bringing into focus an understanding your financial statements) as well as helping you chart a path moving forward (assisting you in developing financial projections – often to secure financing). 

In addition to using the rearview mirror and the windshield, the SBDC aids clients in utilizing the side mirrors, windows, and gauges of your business vehicle. This means a deep dive into understanding your target customers, the competitive landscape, your business operations and processes, and your employees or fellow co-owners. 

But SBDC advisors don’t steer your business for you. Your business is your vehicle and you are in the driver’s seat. The SBDC would just love to be in the passenger’s seat and help you navigate. 
Together, we have an exciting journey ahead!

Post date: 201806

Gritworks Athletic Training Staff

Achieving Your Personal Best - In Life, Sports, or Business

"Some will winsome will lose. Some were born to sing the blues." (Don't Stop Believin' - Journey)

This week I had the honor of attending the one year anniversary and open house celebration of Gritworks Athletics.

Steve Anderson and Michael Tettah the co-founders, have created a wonderful sports performance training facility for Whatcom County athletes seeking to reach their full potential.

From the testimonies of their student athlete clients and the parents in attendance, it is clear these young entrepreneurs are having a great impact in our community by teaching kids life lessons while also helping them excel on the athletic field.

I was reminded of how the challenges in athletic performance often are similar to the challenges faced by small business owners...

Long hours, hard work, investing blood/sweat & tears into something you love (while sometimes being disappointed), leading teams of individuals, and persevering through hard times are just a few commonalities I see.

As an SBDC advisor, I often feel like a 'coach' and greatly enjoy celebrating the successes of our clients.

Congratulations Gritworks - keep up the good work!


Post date: 201806