Over the past dozen years, one of the cool things I have been able to do in my work is meet many smart people who were working on entrepreneurial ideas for a new business, a book, a service or other venture. Many times they have told me about their dream when it was literally just in their heads. I was able to watch and encourage them as they did the research, took the baby steps that preceded the launch, executed the plan, and ultimately grew the project into a success.
One of these stories involves my friend, Robert Levin. Rob wanted to produce a regional print publication dedicated to small businesses in the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. In the face of a lot of competition and against all of the odds of starting any new venture from scratch, he did it.
Since 2005, I’ve interviewed Rob on my small business radio program, The Small Business Advocate Show, to talk about his journey and the work he is doing on behalf of small business. This week, while attending the fourth annual New York Enterprise Report Small Business Gala in New York City, I got to see that Rob has not only created a successful publishing venture, but also a vibrant community of followers. There were over 400 excited gala attendees who were there to network and recognize a number of tri-state small businesses for their marketplace excellence. Goodonya, Rob. I’m proud of you.
Only in a free-market economy can someone first imagine and then build a business venture from scratch without having to ask permission. Only liberty provides the ability to take risks and then succeed or fail in business on your own. Only unfettered access to ownership and the possibility of financial success produces this kind of work and commitment.
In my work, I get to see this kind of behavior all the time. I love my job.