Small business owners have Founders’ spirit and drive

The date was September 19, 1796. In his farewell address to the nation, in which he declined to serve a third term as president, George Washington gave us a name, a distinction and a bond.

“The name American, which belongs to you in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of patriotism. You have in a common cause fought and triumphed together; the independence and liberty you possess are the work of joint councils and joint efforts, of common dangers, sufferings, and successes.”

Photo courtesy of SmallBizTrends

Photo courtesy of Small Biz Trends

Sounds like small business owners, doesn’t it?  We’re like America’s Founders: We fight for our independence every day. Our common cause is self-determination, and our joint councils are the relationships and communities we build.

The dangers we face are not usually as life threatening as those of the American revolutionaries, but other than our lives, we put everything else on the line.

Washington said the name American should exalt the pride of patriotism. For American entrepreneurs, that name exalts the spirit of pride, independence and excellence.

President Washington would be proud of you and you should be proud of yourself.

Thanks for being part of my community. I’ll see you on the radio and the Internet.

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