From Veterans Day to Thanksgiving: A Time for Large Gratitude for Small Businesses

By November 20, 2017 No Comments

At the risk of being cliché, let’s play “name that country.” What nation boasts all the following general characteristics? Relatively low unemployment, interest rates, and crime, as well as relatively high rates of health, prosperity, and peace. Did you answer the United States of America?

Ever walk around a mall during business hours during the week? You will see countless adults sipping on $5 coffees, with bags of goods from specialty stores, on their way to get massages—and then back to comfortable homes in large and luxurious SUVs. I guess we could complain that we were third on line at the coffee shop, or that our drinks were not refilled by the wait staff quickly enough at our favorite lunch spot.

Of course, I realize that not everyone enjoys such a life here in this country, but overall things are very positive. And stable. And the American dream still has legs. The prevailing thought is that we certainly have our fair share of issues and challenges here in the U.S., but that we live in the greatest country in the world. At Sumus, we share this view.

The truth is that the time between Veterans Day and Thanksgiving really is the most grateful period of the year. Maybe we should all demonstrate more consistent appreciation throughout the year, but we would be especially remiss if we did not pause for a moment to size up our lives and give thanks during November.

We want to start by thanking all our current clients. We are appreciative of the opportunities to listen, advise, serve, execute, and make an impact. Sumus exists because we believe that we can help business thrive and evolve. 2017 has been a very successful year, and we are looking to forward to continuing to help even more companies next year.

We also want to give thanks for our families and friends. Only a portion of our lives is dedicated to work, and the rest is for surrounding ourselves with loved ones. We are certainly looking forward to taking time away from work to spend time with people we care about during the holiday season.

Finally—to finish what we started above—we are extremely grateful for the sacrifices that our military personnel make for us every day around the world. Our way of life would not be possible without them. From the Sumus team, we wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving in the best country in the world.

(Photo by Aaron Burden)

Jim Baker

Jim Baker

Sumus was founded by Jim Baker, an entrepreneur with 27 years’ experience bootstrapping and growing his business organically and through acquisition, to share his experience by providing advisory services around Board representation, Organization and Branding Strategy, Mergers & Acquisitions, Value enhancement and Exit strategy.