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Celebrating Your Small Business Accomplishments

By kmurray, Contributor and Moderator
Published: February 19, 2014

Have you celebrated your small business’ accomplishments lately? In a few weeks, we’ll be tuning in to watch the Oscars – the Academy Awards – an occasion that acknowledges the finest achievements in the film industry in the last year. If you haven’t had the chance to step back and celebrate what you’ve achieved, here are a few ways this popular event can inspire you.

From the movie business to small business…

The Oscars feature categories that award many aspects of films – from the costumes that each filmgoer can easily see to the “behind-the-scenes” work that may not be as apparent to viewers once a film hits theatres. The same can go for your small business.

Think about the parts of your business, for instance, that are readily apparent to customers – like your website or store displays; then there are those elements that are just as crucial to success – like HR or the finance department – that may operate in a “behind-the-scenes” fashion.

And the award goes to…

Here are a few ideas about translating popular award categories to your business.

  • Best Supporting Actress/Actor – Acknowledge your team and the roles they’ve had in helping the business achieve success and reach goals. Maybe there was one project that stands out where someone went above and beyond what was required. Or perhaps another employee took on a task that didn’t involve his primary skillset, but he stepped up and got it done. These are great supporting actors to have – and they should be celebrated!
  • Best Foreign Language Film – Language is tough – even when you’re speaking the same one! Take this award as a chance to make note of achievements when your business faced communication challenges, either internal or with a customer, and overcame them. Misunderstood client made happy? Tension among a project team mediated? Translating those challenges into successes and learning opportunities is a great accomplishment.
  • Best Visual Effects – Did your agency deliver some stunning creative pieces to a client? Did your landscaping business create yard art from a formerly dead patch of grass? Think back to what you’ve made possible over the last year thanks to your and your team’s creativity and vision.
  • Best Costume Design – Costumes are extensions of characters, conveying who they are with a unique look and feel, accessories, etc. Similarly, your storefront or website does the same for your business – a visual representation of what your business is. Have you had a favorite window display over the year that attracted a lot of customers? Did you redesign your website or freshen it up? Here’s your chance to really make note.
  • Best Picture – Ah! The coveted Best Picture Award ultimately celebrates how well everyone collaborated – from directors, producers, writers, actors – to produce the best possible product. Take a look at the big picture of your business. How well do you think you fared? How well did your team come together to deliver and succeed? Did you connect with your target audience as you hoped? It’s a great opportunity to reflect on a job well done, so congratulations!

“I’d like to thank the Academy…”

Well, you probably don’t – but thank the people who’ve made your business successes possible by celebrating some of these achievements and acknowledgements with them. Maybe you can make an evening out of it, which could also be a great team-building occasion. If not, a spirited email or presentation over morning coffee can help you get your message across and jazz people up. After all, you’re celebrating not only a great year that’s just gone by – but a bright future built on a solid foundation of success.

About the Author:

Katie Murray

Contributor and Moderator

I am an author and moderator for the the SBA.gov Community. I'll share useful information for your entrepreneurial endeavors and help point you in the right direction to find other resources for your small business needs. Our ongoing goal is to improve this site to meet your needs, so we're happy to receive your feedback and participation. Thanks for joining our online Community here at SBA.gov!

Comments:

we cant celebrate yet... the road is hard ahead and the days are getting shorter.. but the moment is expected
This something I was expecting, Great Idea.
I have been busy with running my small business and have seldom thought about celebration of what I and my team has accomplished. After reading your article, I think it is a great idea to celebrate our accomplishments and cheer my team up as well. Thank you for sharing your idea and knowledge. I appreciate it.
True, most of us small business owners are so focused on making everything work, we hardly pat ourselves on the back, let alone take time to marvel at our accomplishments. Good article.
That would be a great idea to run the business. This would surely help to the rise and growth of the small businesses.
Hey Kmurray, Very nice idea. I think these types of mindset will really helpful for small business owners in rising there team members moral and their productivity.
It's so easy when you're in business for yourself to just keep on slugging away at serving your customers and growing your business. It's nice to be reminded to celebrate the achievements as they come to you.
This kind of mindset spread around the office of a small startup can really raise moral in the office, anything to break up the monotony!
What a great idea! Right now I'm a business of one. I wear many hats, but I see how I can apply this to people around me. There are individuals, companies and forums that inspire me, help me or I learn from. Without them, I would still be figuring out how to log into WordPress.
You have good insight. Your comments in "Best Costume Design", I agree with what you say, that a website is the storefront of our business. If the look of the site appeals then it will attract customers to that site.

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