1 Year Reflection
Now that was blazing fast! It’s hard to believe it’s been 1 year already! It seems like just yesterday we were signing papers and beginning this journey.
There is so much to reflect back on, so much to be thankful for, and so much that we learned during this first year of business.
To start, we did it. We took the leap of faith and went for it. That alone makes this past year a success. We introduced ourselves into the community as new business owners and were greeted with a level of love and support like something I’ve never experienced.
1. The facelift. This wasn’t necessarily our top priority, but as we got in there and started cleaning, one thing led to another. We had friends and family coming in to help out and tore through every aspect of that place. A fresh coat of paint, a few ceiling tiles, a few long hours, and we were starting to create our own identity. We were simply looking to give this place the energy that it once had, that you could feel and sense the level of community when you walked in.
2. Our first big partnership. It’s no secret we’re on a mission to give back and support. We landed our first big opportunity this past year by partner with the folks at Winslow High School. We donated all the pizza for Project Grad. This was such a fun event for us where we got to meet new people, and talk about our ambitions.
3. The Pizza Eating Contest. Now, I’ve had some ideas that when I look back, can’t even believe came out of my mouth they were so bad. But then …just then …an idea comes around that is just too good to be true. Ok, so maybe I’m the only one that thinks the Pizza Eating Contest was that epic. Needless to say, we had a blast. The crowd had a blast. I remember going over the rules 15 minutes prior to going on stage. I remember the pizzas getting dropped off near the stage and thinking “What on earth are we in store for.” I must say, the size of the cheers were bigger than we anticipated, and that night, after crowning a winner, we had already been invited back for a second year! It was a success.
4. We added jobs. Now, we added 5 new employees. I know it doesn’t seem mind blowing when you first look at it. But, it is something we are very proud of. It meant we were busy. It meant that things were going in the right direction. Everyone was starting to see the efforts of our hard work. Most importantly, this meant we were able to hire, and provide work to our community .
5. Winslow Schools interview and small business help. This is what it’s all about for me. I have an extensive background in business, from managing teams of all sizes, interviewing, coaching, consulting, action planning, you name it. When I got the call to help with interviews and then later asked to help with career discussion, I couldn’t think of a better way to spend my time. Both experiences are ones I will never forget. Those kids in that interview setting were just so nervous, I remember going through all those emotions. The looks on there faces, and sense of relief when their interview was over was just priceless. The “ah ha” moments I saw were just great knowing I was having an impact.
I also got to sit in on a small panel of business owners for a 1 hour discussion about entrepreneurship. We got pelted with questions for that entire hour. Some of these questions were tough. Mentoring, guiding, coaching, have always been my strongest attributes, so this was probably my favorite event of the year for me. That hour was filled with such great discussion for junior and seniors. I can’t wait to do it again!
6. We capped off the year by visiting the Winslow Police Department. The best part about this one? It was our 6 year olds idea. He came home one day from school and asked us if we could do something special for the police officers, then asked if we could donate pizza for all the hard work that they do. My wife and I just looked at each in such happiness. We certainly made that happen, and we’re glad we did!
It was a good first year! There were plenty of less than desirable moments that went on, but none that over shadowed the great. We learned from every single moment of this past year. We will continue to learn and continue to get better. We know that with everyones help we will grow and make even bigger impacts to the community.