An Open Letter to Business Owners

The United States is a resilient country. We have found ways to adapt to and/or overcome major changes and challenges. We have survived and overcome a civil war, two world wars, a depression, the creation of an income tax, the creation of Social Security, 20 percent interest rates, the Dot Com bust, 9/11, and most recently, a severe recession. The United States has become stronger, both economically and emotionally, after each of these.

The United States survived all of these major incidences. We all have a history of surviving and overcoming the unknown. We will continue to survive and overcome major changes/obstacles.

As we come to the end of another year, it is easy to worry about the uncertainty of the future. Will business continue to improve? How will the Affordable Care Act impact my business? Should I grow my business? How will I find the proper personnel? We are so worried about the unknown that we don’t take time to celebrate our successes.

Most of these worries are created by outside sources. Bad news sells!

At this time of year, our lives get busy with holiday shopping, holiday parties and family gatherings, in addition to the normal end-of-year business activities. This busyness creates worry if we don’t focus.

Focus on where you will take your business next year. Focus on how you will help your community, outside of business, next year. Focus on the prize and not the price. Expect great things in 2014.

Happy New Year!

The author is president, Evans Glass Co., and immediate past chairman of the board for the National Glass Association. Write him at

The opinions expressed here are those of the individual author and do not necessarily reflect those of the National Glass Association, Glass Magazine editors, or other glassblog contributors.


Good letter Bill. Merry Christmas! Dave Steele
That is the spirit Mr Bill. The only thing which every American should understand that hard work and spirit will bring us once again into the game. Hexder FC

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