Wednesday, September 28, 2011

We “heart” downtown businesses

This week is Business Appreciation Week in Frederick. The Frederick County Office of Economic Development does a great job coordinating 25 teams of ambassadors visiting more than 100 businesses – all in one week.

Yesterday, I took my turn as an ambassador and I had a great time visiting seven businesses. We talked with an accountant who got a yen for fun and started a bead business, a retailer who is getting ready to celebrate 27 years and a tech firm that is developing a way to keep federal documents forever. While the businesses themselves were vastly different, one thing rang true throughout the day – a passion for what they do. It is always fun to see someone’s eyes light up when they talk about their business.

We also had a lot of great conversations about how it’s the people who make business work and how great the people are in Frederick. We talked with a business owner who is facing some pretty significant health concerns and his focus is on treating his employees like family.

All in all, it was an impressive day and great to see the vibrancy of our local business community. If you are in business in Frederick – thank you! You help make our community great.

1 comment:

  1. You are so lucky. I don't think I've head of a local initiative like this around our area. Any small business consulting firm could see all the benefits of this practice.