Here at On Hand Development, we celebrate the small and big wins. We 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.
Have you heard of “Small Business Saturday”? It is an effort all across the United States to help people find the value in shopping local. This day is the counter offer to “Black Friday” when big box stores offer incredible deals the day after Thanksgiving. The “Small Business Saturday” movement honors local business owners and encourages local shopping.
I was at a conference last week learning about how to support entrepreneurs and one of our sessions was on mapping our assets. We talked about how we have two types of assets; physical and skills assets. We had to figure out what our organizations have for both kinds of assets and how those assets can assist our community and local entrepreneurs. I thought this would be the perfect time to tell our area some of our assets here at On Hand Development and what would happen if we worked together using our assets.
I was visiting with someone while taking my kids trick or treating on Halloween about how shelves at the Dollar Store are becoming empty. Dollar General told me that they haven’t had a truck in two weeks so we all need to be understanding of the situation. I also visited with Kessler’s and they are having trouble getting some products in and when they get them in, they disappear off the shelves very quickly. I am sure the others are having troubles also but wanted to give a couple examples. Now is the time to get creative when shopping local.
This week, I had a business owner call my cell and ask me to clear something up that she had heard about On Hand Development. She apologized for asking but I was SO glad she called us first before assuming what she heard was correct. Turns out, it wasn’t correct. Not even close. I told her I am so glad she called and that she should always call first or call anytime she needs anything.