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Celebrating Your Small Business Accomplishments

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. Thanks for joining our online community here at SBA.gov!