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That Little Piece of Paper…

Feb 17th, 2012 | By | Category: Geri Roskopf's Blog

I come from a family of eight children. Only two of my siblings graduated from college and even though I did not graduate from college with a degree and that little piece of paper called a diploma, I feel I have earned a degree and diploma in the school of hard knocks.

I recently received an invitation from the local Chamber of Commerce to join a small business roundtable. The invitation sounded interesting, as I thought joining a roundtable of other area small business owners would be a great way to talk about strategies and what has or has not worked in moving their businesses forward during this economy.

I printed the application to join the roundtable, and after looking at it, laughed and shook my head.

The application started out with the business name and address. Then they wanted to know the CEO’s name, how many employees — full and part-time — and any other locations. Then they wanted total revenue and the categories started out with one million dollars on up. Next you were to list the college attended and the degree achieved. It ended with listing the goals of your company.

I emailed the Chamber and said I didn’t see a fit for my small business and within an hour I received another email from the person in charge of this project. I asked him to call me and we chatted for about a half-hour. After our talk, he said the application applied to many business categories and appreciated my input.

I was tempted to fill out the spaces with flippant answers and send it in, but after speaking to the rep, decided I better not. I completed the application the best I could and sent it in. I might not be a CEO, wear a suit and have that little piece of paper hanging on the wall, but personally, I think I am a great JOAT – Jack Of All Trades — master of none!