|Ted Gerber, President||
There are many parts of my job that are fun – watching kids go from opening their first savings account to watching them buy their first car; helping young people buy their first homes; seeing how proud people are when they pay off their mortgage; celebrating retirements. My favorite part of working at the bank is helping people open their own business.
A business is like having another kid. You dream about having one, you are nervous you will do a good job raising/running them, and you enjoy them when they spread their wings and get bigger/expand. And like a child, there are tough days as well. You stay up at night worrying about them and you feel the weight of making the right choices for them. And just like children, they are your responsibility every moment of their existence -24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. But that being said, you would never trade them for anything.
As a small businessman myself, I understand what people go through as an owner. And I have great admiration for someone who takes on that challenge. We are blessed to have individuals in our small communities who open their own small businesses, because those companies are the engines that power our towns. They are the ones who create new jobs, send out paychecks every week, and pay taxes to the local and state municipalities. They also buy ads in the local newspaper, donate items to local charity events, and sponsor the town festivals. Do they support their local communities because it is good for business? Absolutely! But they also do it because it is their way of giving back to the same people who support them.
The more new businesses we have opening in our communities, the better off all our lives will be. So the next time you see a new local business in town, give them a try. You might just find out it feels good to help someone fulfill their dreams. I know it does for me.