COSE members share what they are thankful for this year
Despite the challenges of the past 18 months, our members are focused on all there is to be thankful for as a small business owner.
With an unpredictable economy and a global pandemic still underway, small businesses have certainly been thrown many curveballs over the last 18 months. Despite these continued challenges, COSE members remain focused on all there is to be thankful for this year.
We asked some of our favorite small business owners to share with us what they’ll be thinking about as they sit down to turkey dinner next week. Here’s what they had to say.
"I am deeply grateful for the power of the small business community. Although this year was much better for us than 2020, it was still a challenge. Without the cheerleading from my fellow entrepreneurs, it would have been much more lonely and harder to stay positive. We are in this together, and it really showed this year! I am also extremely grateful for my incredible team, for without them there would be no Zephyr Recruiting and we could not have the far-reaching impact we have every time we make a great match for our clients."
- Erin Longmoon, CEO, Zephyr Recruiting
"I'm grateful for the continuing joy of the journey of life. It's not about how many breaths you take, but how often something or someone takes your breath away. I so appreciate my family, friends and colleagues for regularly taking my breath away this past year."
- Phil Stella, President, Effective Training and Communication
"I am very thankful that even though we have been through quite a bit the last 18 months with Covid and all of its challenges, my company and retired Military and Law Enforcement TEAM Members were blessed to be part of several solutions during these difficult times!"
- Timothy A. Dimoff, President/CEO, SACS Consulting & Security Services, Inc.
"I am thankful for all the silver linings and blessings I have experienced during these challenging times, manifested through the love and support of my family, my community, my team and my customers. As we charted our business recovery, we had the opportunity to reset, to reimagine and to reinvest in the things that make our small but mighty business special and impactful. We are positioned to move forward more dedicated than ever to creating community through wine."
- Destiny Burns, Owner/Founder, CLE Urban Winery
"I'm thankful for the opportunity to be an integral part of so many NE Ohio communities by way of helping small and medium-sized businesses succeed and change their respective neighborhoods and their members' lives for the better. In addition, I am thankful to COSE for giving me a platform to share my knowledge and advice to that same end."
- Nachum 'Nooch' Langsner, Co-Founder & Chief Marketing Guru, LocalBizGuru
I’m incredibly grateful for the culture in our organization. We merged two strong companies at the beginning of the year and here at year-end, we’ve grown headcount from 15 to 25 people, and they’re all such strong members of the team. They love our company, and we love them. They all live and breathe our Core Purpose and our Core Values, and they’re all totally committed to the strength and growth of our little family. I’m so grateful for our team!
- Alex Gertsburg, Managing Partner, Gertsburg Licata
"I am thankful for our customers and employees. For without them, we would not exist."
- Todd M. Shannon, VP of Growth, Warwick
"Although we’re present to the heartache, pain and loss people have endured as a result of the pandemic, we are so grateful for who we’ve had to become as business owners due to the pandemic. We are grateful for the ways we’ve had to position the firm to serve customers differently, the new opportunities we’ve had to discover for delivering even better results despite personnel challenges, and the higher standards we hold ourselves and our business to as a result of experiencing 50% growth during the worst economy in the history of our company. We are proud and grateful for the firm we’ve grown and the owners we’ve become. Although we certainly wouldn’t have chosen the past two years, we absolutely wouldn’t change it either."
- Anthony and CeCe President, Presidential Consultants, Inc.
"I am grateful for our Micro Systems Management Team – IT Solutions and Security needs have definitely escalated throughout the pandemic and the team has been amazing in responding, protecting and securing our clients’ systems and infrastructures. I am also grateful for our clients who continue to trust us with their company’s lifeblood, their data and systems."
- Patty Zinn, Owner and CEO, Micro Systems Management
"I was taught it is better to give than to receive. It is my humble work now to be a good receiver of the abundance that the Universe offers me through the kindness of others. So many people have and are supporting my success right now just like I support others. It is with gratitude that I honor those who support me in a special way this holiday season. That's my gratitude."
- Monika Moss-Gransberry, MKM Management Consulting, Walnut Ventures - Hospitality Asset Management & Investment
"I’m incredibly grateful for TECHNOLOGY. Just a few years earlier and this pandemic would have put my business on life support. But because I had Zoom and WhatsApp and Dropbox, etc, the lockdown turned into a speed bump instead of a brick wall. Another bonus I found from the pandemic this year was that, because everyone is virtual even if they are around the corner, some old geographic constraints simply disappeared. It no longer matters if I’m in the same city — if I’m a match for what the client needs, it’s all good. So in the past 20 months I’ve expanded my little home-based consulting business to six new countries and several other states."
- Jim Smith, The Executive Happiness Coach
At COSE, we are thankful for you! Share with us on Twitter what you are grateful for this year!