March 1, 2013
Time to Celebrate!
Do you remember this song from the Beatles?
Well it was 20 years ago today,
Sgt. Pepper taught a band to play,
They’ve been going in and out of style,
But they’re guaranteed to raise a smile,
So may I introduce to you,
The act you’ve known for all these years,
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely hearts club band!
I like it because of the reference to 20 years ago, which is when I purchased the publications department from State and Federal Associates, Inc. and moved it all—furniture, files, clients, and my dog—to Akron, Ohio.
You will start seeing our new 20th anniversary logo, which is a huge deal for small businesses.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, young businesses are those who have been open for fewer than three years, while mature businesses have existed for more than 10 years. Those who are between three and 10 years old are considered as relatively young.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics, a division within the Department of Labor, reported fewer than 50 percent of small businesses successfully make it past four years of operation. In fact, only 44 percent of business owners can hack it through four years of operation. Nearly 65 percent of businesses successfully make it past the first two years.
In 2011, the Houston Chronicle had an article by David Kaplan titled, “Small business longevity takes true grit.” It read: “A small business with a strong backbone can defy the odds and last a long time. What many local small-business survivors have in common are tenacious owners. In the current economy, such doggedness can be crucial.”
The actual day of State and Federal Communications’ anniversary is July 1st and you will see videos from people wishing us Happy Anniversary or Happy Birthday. We will take the time to celebrate this milestone…but we will not stop working for you, our clients.
I checked back to the article in the July 2008 Compliance NOW when we celebrated our 15th anniversary. The products we offer have been streamlined and technology has helped make it easier and faster for us to send you information.
We are proud of the niche we have in the government affairs industry. Our products and services are used by thousands of government affairs executives in corporations and trade associations across the country. We appreciate the confidence you have given us with your loyalty.
Milestones are important to show growth. Whether it is the 15th anniversary or 20th anniversary of the company, it shows movement. And, none of it would happen without our special clients, friends, and family.
It’s wonderful to be here,
it’s certainly a thrill,
You’re such a lovely audience
we’d like to take you home with us
we’d love to take you home!
– Elizabeth Bartz