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A Thanksgiving Message for Entrepreneurs

November 21, 2013

Business advice and Thanksgiving Wish for Women Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners

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A week from today is Thanksgiving and I can already tell women entrepreneurs are spreading their time between personal and entrepreneurial duties. It’s difficult at times to run a business during a major holiday. There are meals to cook, kids to bring home from college, and family planning visits. Juggling the business to-do-list and your holiday preparation list can be tricky. But today’s blog post is to simply remind you with a week to go before Thanksgiving what this holiday means and what I think you should do in the next week.

The “First Thanksgiving” was celebrated by early Americans to thank God for guiding them safely to the New World. The first feast lasted three days, providing enough food for 13 pilgrims and 90 Indians. Then in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of Thanksgiving which has become a popular holiday in the United States.

Everyone has a holiday they enjoy the most. I personally love Thanksgiving for a number of reasons. With two college age sons, the holiday means more because our family is reunited. Their presence in the house makes me feel complete. With most of my extended family living outside of New York, it provides a chance to have other loved ones at our table. As a special event planner, it gives me the chance to create, cook and serve a delicious meal on a table adorned with my grandparent’s china and pink roses.

As a woman entrepreneur, it gives me an opportunity to be grateful for my work and the amazing women I represent, see and promote throughout the year. Just like Thanksgiving, event days are my favorite days because different women in various regions around the state gather around tables to share lessons with others. Just like at my own dining room table, the conversation is warm, inviting and supportive.

Take some time in the next week before you leave for the holiday to:

1. Send a “Thank You” card to your largest accounts or customer telling them you appreciate their business.
2. If you have staff and a small budget, considering purchasing a grocery gift card and give it to them so they can buy the holiday turkey or ham with it.
3. If you have a corporate blog, consider writing your own personal “Thanksgiving” message for your readers.
4. Be thankful for your health and wellbeing since we need both to be successful entrepreneurs.
5. Remember to thank your significant other, if you have one, for their support of your entrepreneurial dreams.

Today’s blog post is also to thank all the women who have been part of my company Women TIES this year. Whether you read our blog, attend one of our 40 New York State events or have been a member for one month or eight years, your presence in this organization is something I appreciate. I hope you take time to thank the clients, vendors, staff and supportive women who have helped you and your business this year.

From my home to yours, I wish everyone a wonderful holiday. You will be remembered as I sit down and count my blessings. Thank you for living out the Women TIES mission, reading our blog, participating in our events and believing in the buying and selling power of women. Enjoy your holiday. Business can wait.

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