On Hand is Celebrating the Small Wins

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

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On Hand is Celebrating the Small Wins

Here at On Hand Development, we celebrate the small and big wins. I define the small wins as the progress points on the way to our goals.

Progress points on economic development projects with long-term and far-off goals can be difficult, if not impossible, to track -particularly for the many community members who are not actively involved in the actual development operations.

What are our goals here at On Hand? In November each year, the On Hand Development board of directors has our planning session. In fact, we just met last week to identify our goals for 2020. In November of 2018, the On Hand Board identified these four goals for 2019:

  1. Internal Operations- Hiring a new full-time director for On Hand and identifying funding sources for projects.
  2. Housing/Housing Development- On Hand just sold our 2nd Governor’s home. We are also in the very early stages of a potential housing development.
  3. Business Retention and Succession- We are completing this goal with small wins every single day. I have visited over 70 business and work with them on plans for the future. We also work with businesses with our Revolving Loan Fund and have over $600,000 out in our county.
  4. Attraction/Promotion of Miller- We are constantly writing articles, speaking at events, radio interviews, and promoting our area on social media. We also host the Holiday Jam Concert each year and a fundraiser event at the Miller Community Center.

On Hand Development has had a lot of small wins to celebrate for 2019 and we still have a lot of work to do. Small wins focus on the here and now, showing On Hand’s current activities. While they should be celebrated, our work is FAR from over. We don’t celebrate small wins forever. We focus on the next small win and achieving the long-range goals.

What are some of the small wins you are celebrating? Stop by my office sometime and fill me in. By everyone celebrating the small wins, we are filling our community with more hope and happiness.

Category: From the Desk of Kecia Beranek