There are roughly 1,000 businesses in and around Lee’s Summit that are active members of the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce.
Each year, four businesses are honored to be called on above the rest to represent the best our community has to offer.
Somehow, some way, your Lee’s Summit Journal made that cut.
And while a handful of us got to take a bow and thank a few hundred people at our luncheon last week, it is the thousands of Journal subscribers, online readers, advertisers and community partners that have brought this newspaper up to this level of achievement.
And for that, I offer a sincere thank you to everyone that we are fortunate enough to share that relationship with.
The fierce competition for the annual Res in Motus (Latin for “business in motion” – the Chamber’s long-running slogan) awards can be exhausting and exhilarating all at the same time.
For competitors and survivors like a local newspaper crew, it is certainly a lot of both.
We’ve been fortunate enough to have been nominated in the past and certainly feel privileged to take home the business of the year honor for our category (6-20 employees) this time around.
So what does this award really mean?
Well, first, being nominated gives you every reason in the world to clean your office.
Anyone that works at a newspaper knows it is easy to let the print pile up around you. As I write this column, I currently have a few empty cans of Coke Zero, a water bottle, a plastic knife (from lunch) and almost-empty jar of dry roasted peanuts on my desk, along with the usual mountain of paperwork and other assorted items.
Seriously, though, being nominated as a “business of the year” candidate has been and will continue to be a way for businesses to look internally at their operations, taking a critical eye on what they do, how they serve the community, how they fulfill their own operational goals and what they could do to enhance their image.
In a lot of ways, the Chamber’s Business in Motion mantra and endeavors to be the best should be a constant part of our business day.
And while many of us around the community measure success in business in myriad of ways, there is one common bond that local businesses can share and should take advantage of – networking.
Our Chamber of Commerce allows us the unique and nearly daily opportunity to meet others in our community – people that, while they may have a different set of clutter on their desk and separate goals for their business, still have the community-minded action plan they would like to put into place.
Awards aside, if you are a former Chamber member or have never signed up, give them a year to see if your business relationships cannot change and grow with a membership.
You’ll be amazed at who you will connect with.
John Beaudoin is the publisher of the Lee’s Summit Journal. To comment, call 816-282-7001 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.