Gratitude in 2020
Well, 2020 hasn’t gone the way anyone predicted. But for that reason, I think it’s all the more important to remember the things that have gone well. Here at KBSCFO, some things haven’t worked out, but many things have gone right this year. The more I think about it, the more I realize how many things and people we can give thanks for in 2020.
KBS CFO wouldn’t be a customer-centric, sustaining, authentic organization without the amazing team that stands behind the scenes to care for all of our clients. As the founder and CEO, I couldn’t be more proud and appreciative of the wonderful team of committed employees that KBS CFO has been fortunate to build and grow with.
Thank you to my wonderful clients. 2020 has been the toughest year that many of you have faced. We appreciate not only your business but your grit and your grace under pressure. Our clients have such unique business offerings; it’s been a pleasure to work with you this year. In the interest of confidentiality, we will send this as a generic shout out. We will be in touch with each of you personally to share our gratitude.
We’ve been privileged to work with some really terrific business partners this year. Partnerships with American Distilling Institute and Orchestra have been invaluable in launching DistilleryCFO, and I am grateful to the terrific people who work there. Our business wouldn’t have made it nearly this far without our partnerships with vendors that support our clients and the work we do.
A shortlist of a few of the partners (apologies in advance for those that I have missed):
XCM Solutions, accounting workflow automation solutions
Spring Insight, Marketing
Unanet Financial Systems, ERP financial reporting software
Sage Intacct, Accounting software
AICPA/MACPA, Maryland CPA association
Flex Professionals, Job solutions matching service
Keeper Security, Password manager
Gusto, Payroll and benefits tracking tools
FrontApp, Customer communication platform
PlanGuru, Budgeting and planning software
While some of these partners may appear to be software solutions and not people, that couldn’t be further from the reality of the relationships that we have with these organizations. It’s true that we couldn’t run our business without these software solutions, but it’s the people standing behind the software who make those relationships so strong. No business is an island, and we’ve really benefited from their help this year.
It’s hard to be a small-business owner, particularly in a rocky year like 2020. I’ve found it to be invaluable to have colleagues who can share their hard-won advice or let you vent about that difficult business challenge. Bill Sheridan, Aviva Goldfarb, Kelly Jennings, and Jeanne Rossomme, and the rest of the gang in my coveted Women’s Entrepreneur Group (WEG – Women’s Entrepreneur Group – A Lean In Circle) have been my inspirations, mentors, and cheerleaders. I am grateful to have them in my life.
If you are reading this, then I am thankful for you. One change I have made this year that has been meaningful to me and to KBSCFO has been writing blogs more consistently. I have done that because you have driven me to do so. Your attention and feedback have encouraged me to be better. Thank you.