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July 2015 Newsletter – Independence Day

Independence Day is the day we celebrate our independence as a nation.  I associate July 4th with fireworks, parades, homemade ice cream, watermelon, family reunions and baseball.  All these happy associations allow us to overcome the heat and humidity that accompany the celebration in Middle Tennessee.  I do not know whether I am related to the William Hooper of Wilmington, North Carolina who signed the Declaration of Independence.  I am not his direct descendant.  That does not keep me from pointing out that the Hooper boys have been in America a long time!

If you have not done this in a while, take 30 minutes to read the Declaration of Independence.  When I read the Declaration’s “self-evident” truths, I remember the blessing of being a small business owner.  I see opportunities for growth all around me.  I am especially blessed because in my legal services business I help other small business owners grow their businesses.

Small business owners enjoy great independence with their time, money and decisions.  If we are committed to growing our business, there is not much that can stop us outside our own minds.  One way we can help our small business grow is by developing a written business succession plan well before we need it.  I say written because I often find there is a plan but it exists only in the mind of the small business owner.  We have a little trouble letting go and accepting that our business (if it really is a business and not just a job) can run just fine in the hands of someone other than us.  Did you know that National Workaholics Day is July 5th, the day after Independence Day?

Our representatives in the Continental Congress made an important step when they put their Declaration in writing and let go of king and country to build a better life for you and me.  If you are a small business owner and your business succession plan exists only in your mind, schedule a date on your calendar to put it in writing.  I will be happy to help you.