If you will allow me, I would like to talk about a couple of milestones, of which we’re kind of proud: the 12th anniversary of The Small Business Advocate Show and the 10th anniversary of this publication. On Monday, November 17, 1997, I began broadcasting the Small Business Advocate Show for two hours, Monday through Friday. Since the first day, the program has been nationally syndicated on terrestrial radio. In January 1998 we began simulcasting on the Internet, and in 1999 began offering multiple Internet on-demand streaming options. If you were streaming content before Microsoft had a media player, that makes you a pioneer.
This Monday was my 3,121st live broadcast since we began — including all the holidays — even when I was on the road. I’ve conducted almost 12,000 live interviews with small business experts and entrepreneurs, and next week I’ll broadcast my 13th consecutive live Thanksgiving Day show. When you hear me talking about making sure that you’re passionate about the business you start, now you know that I practice what I preach.
From the beginning, my primary programming goal was to focus on the fundamentals that are important to successfully starting, operating and growing a small business, and to make all of the things we do available to you for free. On that last note — the free one — I must say thanks to our outstanding corporate partners, without whom the free part would not be possible.
Along the way, we’ve received a number of awards and recognition for our work on behalf of small business. All were accepted in honor of our heroes, small business owners.
Also, this week we celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Small Business Advocate NEWSLETTER. This week’s edition, Volume XI, Issue 1, represents the 521st consecutive weekly issue, all delivered compliments of my small business, Small Business Network, Inc.,and our sponsors. Thanks for being a loyal subscriber.
Finally, thank you for your support, comments, critiques, the many words of encouragement and especially the honor and privilege of being your advocate. I’m already looking forward to our next year together. Nothing I do as The Small Business Advocate is about me — it’s all about you, my heroes: small business owners, regardless of where you live on planet Earth.
I talked about where we’ve come from over the past dozen years on my show today. Take a few minutes to listen and, as always, be sure to leave your comments. Listen Live! Download, Too!