As the Admin Assistant for Blackstone LaunchPad, I often find inspirational entrepreneurial quotes to post on our Face book page. One of my recent posts was a quote from Eric Schmidt, former CEO of Google, who once stated: “Find a way to say ‘Yes’ to things.” As I reflect on my past experiences with Blackstone LaunchPad members, I have come to realize that they each believe in the power of “Yes.” From time to time, I have to place calls to action out to our community of entrepreneurs. And, each time I do, they never let me down. Whenever I ask for support or donations, they are always willing to say “Yes,” despite their busy schedules and lack of funds, since most of them are true startups.
Recently, I sent an email to our Blackstone LaunchPad members, asking if they would donate an item from their business for the “Made in Michigan” basket that LaunchPad was preparing for a silent auction, which occurred during the 4th annual Walsh College Alumni Association’s Casino Night. I received an overwhelming response and our basket was overflowing with the members’ fine products. They personally delivered their items either on their way to work, in between a meeting, during their lunch hour, before class, or by email.
I am very proud to be associated with such a special group of entrepreneurs who just naturally “pay it forward.” As a result of their generosity, the Walsh College Alumni Association was so impressed with our basket that it even became the silent auction’s official VIP Raffle Prize! So, thanks to the following “VIP” donors: Steve Johnson of Motor City Brew Tours, Stephanie Comptois of Bear Necessities, Denise Kulak of Fun Stuff!, Anthony Mitchell of National Mother’s Hall of Fame, Anthony Majewski of Read with Max and eMarketing, Nicole Sesko of Growable Greetings, and Brian Renner of Movie Insider.
In conclusion, Eric Schmidt ends his quote with the following: “Yes is what keeps us all young. It’s a tiny word that can do big things. Say it often.” After witnessing the generosity of our LaunchPad members firsthand, I truly believe that, by saying “Yes,” each member can – and will continue to – accomplish “big things.”