DAVE: The Envelope, Please…
Okay, I’ve got some big news. Back40 Design is a finalist for the 2014 Small Business of the Year award sponsored by the Edmond Chamber of Commerce. How cool is that? We’re one of three finalists. At the time of this writing (I like to get this column written before deadline), I don’t know if we’ve actually been selected as the winner—if we have, there will be an article on page 32 profiling our company.
As I understand, the winner gets to make an acceptance speech at the annual banquet. If Back40 wins, I will probably be super nervous and forget how to use my words… So, since I have the space here every month, I’m thinking why not post my speech right here—I’ll try to make this short.
[Walks to podium.] Wow, thanks… I’m floored, what an honor. [Dramatic pause as if I’m gathering my thoughts or thanking my higher power.] It’s such an honor to even be nominated for this award, but really this award is for all the small businesses in Edmond. We are the backbone of the economy. We are the job creators, we are the ‘local’ in local flavor. We are one of the many things that make Edmond great and unique. So, really, this award recognizes all of us.
[Another pause, but not as dramatic as the first one. Picks up award, gently caresses it.] This is really a tribute to all the truly smart and talented designers, project managers, programmers, account executives and support staff who make working on web projects and this magazine so rewarding. And a special thanks to my lovely wife, Sandy, who shared the vision and long hours of starting this small business 15 years ago.
And if we don’t win—I still mean all that stuff.