Sad Story Happy Ending

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. women-winning

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3 Responses to Sad Story Happy Ending

  1. Dee April 30, 2009 at 8:04 am #

    What a positive way to look at the outcome!

  2. Maria April 30, 2009 at 5:00 pm #

    I guarantee I would never have put together a business plan if it wasn’t a grant requirement – and that would have spelled disaster for my business!

  3. Angela May 3, 2009 at 6:09 pm #

    Now THAT is the kind of winning attitude that will carry you straight to success. I want to read your post again, so it will rub off on me. 🙂