Back in one of the early posts on my blog, I outlined the reasons why I decided to put together a Business Plan. Here it is again. $2,000. Yes, I put my Business Plan together as one of the requirements for a grant application. The grant was being given by one of my women’s business groups, the Suffolk County Women’s Business Enterprise Coalition, SCWBEC. More about them in another post.
I got my application together, including Business Plan, business registration, essay and associated paperwork. I submitted my packet a day before deadline. Then I waited. But not too anxiously, because I certainly didn’t expect to win. Well, maybe if no one else applied, there was a slight chance of my receiving the grant, but other than that . . .
So I waited. The next week, I received an envelope from SCWBEC. I opened it and guess what! I didn’t win. Don’t worry I wasn’t too disappointed. What I realized at that moment is that I really DID win! I had my Business Plan in hand – something I would never have put together, if not for the application. I was now ready to start my business, with a blueprint in hand for every step. I didn’t have to think – I could just start doing. I was on my way!
Every woman who applied for the grant was a winner – even if she didn’t get that $2,000.