The life path of an entrepreneur is never clear. The compelling need to grow is constantly at war with the tranquility that results from a well run operation. The entrepreneur will achieve success with one business operation, or business model and think “One was great, so two would be twice as great”.
That lure for growth is so powerful. Growth is recognized and rewarded. Inc. Magazine celebrates the Inc. 500 | 5000 Fastest Growing Companies. Many other business media outlets recognize the importance of growth.
I have suffered from this growth affliction. My entrepreneurship history includes two massive failures, each involving seven figures in losses. The result of these losses was a leap in emotional intelligence.
Growth is good: sustaining success is great!
There is a movement to provide media and academic exposure to companies who choose to not focus on just revenue growth, but to instead focus on the societal values of facilitating employee growth, supporting the organization’s local communities while generating profits. Those companies are small giants – as described in Bo Burlingham’s book, Small Giants.
There is a group of these great companies that belong to the Small Giants Community, www.smallgiants.org. Bo Burlingham and Paul Spiegelman of Beryl Corporation are the driving force behind this community.
Our family of companies, Tasty Catering, That’s Caring and nuphorIQ belong to the Small Giants Community. The community is global as well as local. One member of the Small Giants Community from the Chicago Metro area is Nick Sarillo, owner of Nick’s Pizza and Pub. He has locations in Crystal Lake and Elgin. Nick’s approach to his staff and his community matches his intense desire to produce an excellent product.
The recent downturn in the economy coupled with road construction in front of his Elgin location has crippled his operation, but not his spirit.
Please read the following note that was sent to Nick’s Pizza & Pub’s guest list. This communication should be part of every university’s entrepreneur course work. I salute Nick Sarillo for being an exceptional business leader and will do what I can to assist him in his struggle to survive.
Remember business owners like Nick who are in your community when it is time to spend your disposable income, they make your community better. Give your support and recognition to the business owners that teach morals, ethics and the gratification of a great work ethic to entry level teenagers. There are many parents who have told me how glad their children started at Nick’s.
I am proud to know Nick and to learn from Nick.