Now that school has started, there is a certain excitement in the area. I know that in my house, my three boys had been anxiously awaiting the chance to use their new backpacks and school supplies. As students of all ages begin their school year, each prepares to learn new things, meet new people, and experience new opportunities and challenges that help them develop into the type of student and person that they will become going forward.
Whether they are starting kindergarten, high school or college, the upcoming challenges and opportunities to learn and meet new people are exciting. The same holds true in business. Whether you’re starting your brand new business like Flamingos Restaurant & Ice Cream, celebrating your first year like Carter’s Cottage Interiors or refocusing your business like TBC Net, the decisions you make and what you learn from these is what dictates your success in the future.
If you’re not learning as a student, as a person or as a business, then you’re missing out on an opportunity. Be sure to take advantage of these opportunities and you’ll have the chance to make it to the next level or to meet your next goal. Local businesses have shown how changing with the times to fit the current needs allows them to pass the test of time. Some of our DeKalb area businesses have continued to learn and adapt to meet the needs of the area and are celebrating some very significant milestones in business.
• Studio One Salon & Day Spa celebrates 35 years.
• Rosita’s Mexican Restaurant celebrates 40 years.
• Inboden’s Meats celebrates 50 years.
• Lehan Drugs celebrates 65 years.
• DeKalb County Farm Bureau and DeKalb Ag are celebrating 100 years since the roots of their organizations began.
These are incredible accomplishments in any year, but especially in the current economic times. The decisions they have made dictate the success of their business, not the economic climate. There are many more celebrating anniversaries in business and even if it’s not 50 or 100 years, every year in business should be celebrated.
Some people look at receiving a diploma, degree or starting a business or new job as the end of the learning process and beginning of the application of what they have learned. Although this is true to some extent, if you asked any of these organizations celebrating milestones, I believe that each would agree that education is a continuing process that never ends.
If you have a business or organization and you are looking for other ways to improve it or if you are starting a new venture and you could use a partner to help you accomplish your goals, be sure to stop by our office at 164 E. Lincoln Highway (corner of Second Street and Lincoln Highway), visit our website at www.dekalb.org or give us a call at 815-756-6306. We want to help more members to successfully celebrate their next milestone in business.
• Matt Duffy is executive director of the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce.