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Our Vision Should Get Us Thinking Beyond Ourself

Develop a 40-year vision


New York City: Meet  Nancy & Eric Goshow of Goshow Architects. A major part of their work comes out of the $60± billion in annual small business contracts set aside by the US federal government.   At least 23% of all federal contracts are mandated to go to small business, but you've got to be certified!  Priority is given to those with diversity and with women in leadership roles. This set-aside  doesn't stop there.

The federal and state governments look carefully at all the big business contracts and are more favorable when they see big business award 23% of their sub-contracts to small business. Now, the Goshow's field, architecture-and-design, is one small segment of these contracts and sub-contracts.

Virtually every very creative, small business can have a role in lowering the cost of government while improving services.

About a real vision for a business, Nancy Goshow said, "I think it probably takes 40 years. And I would break this down into four ten year segments. Since we are trained as architects, we weren't trained in running a business. the first ten years we learned how to run a business the hard way. We have had many disappointments. We have many people, many clients who promise us one thing and then when we get there, it is something else. There is a kind of toughening up." Read more about the 40 Year Vision.

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There is a many-sided perfection within every moment of time.  Business improves when we grasp some part of that perfection so it is manifest within our processes, products and/or people.  And, that's simply called a quality program.

Barbara Scully, Glidden point Oysters, Edgecombe, Maine
Step 1: Dreaming

Step 2: Starting

Step 3: Selling

Eric Rose Builders, Branford, Connecticut
Step 4: Growing

Step 5: Employing

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Step 6: Scaling

Step 7: Sustaining

Marty Edelston, founder, Boardroom
Step 8: Exiting

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