The Brag Basket is open! This one is for August 7-9, 2015. It’s a great deal! Bring your good news to share with everyone.
What can you do in the Brag Basket?
- introduce yourself
- share some great news from this week
- congratulate a friend
- applaud for each other
- confess your undying love for rural places
How do you join in?
Below this post is the comment section. Add your good news there.
Reading this in your email? Hit reply.
Don’t like to brag? Just share some good news for yourself or a friend.
Just don’t make it an ad. I delete the ads that people stick in here. If you talk more about the people involved than the things, you’ll be fine.
It’s a conversation with friends. So jump in. And remember to cheer for each other.
Becky McCray says
This terrific comment came in via email:
“Hi, my name is Stephanie and my husband, Travis, and I own a small music store in the county seat in western Illinois (Aledo to be specific).
For some background we have been open just over two years and we have been in the black since we opened! Its amazing to report that! We didn’t take out loans or buy a building right off. We started very small just with lessons in a former ATM vestibule, yeah, that was small. We are in our second location for just over a year now and the foot traffic is immensely better. We do anything related to sound including live sound (karaoke and DJ work).
We have served as the sound crew for a Nashville act four times now and the act LOVES how we handle everything. Our highest praise so far on it has been “he’s (referring to Travis) better then most sound guys in Nashville,” now that is some serious praise!
We also are in discussion on expansion and buying a building. We don’t have employees currently, just the two of us handle everything! He’s the Guitar teacher, instrument repair technician, certified audio engineer, certified automotive technician (which comes in handy for car stereo installs), accountant, computer programmer (he programed his own inventory system), and SO MUCH more! As you know when you do it all yourself you must wear many hats. Me, I just teach Drums and sit at the counter and do LOTS of research on how to run a business. :)
Thanks for your site it has provided many many hours of reading for me!”
Welcome, Stephanie! Congratulations on growing your business so successfully. You’re being very smart about starting small and growing in a way you can sustain. And thanks for the kind words. I always love to hear that something we’ve shared has been useful!
Becky McCray says
And this one from our friend Clark Hoskin got caught in the spam filter last week, so I’m bringing it forward to this week:
“I’m a tourism and economic development guy from Norfolk County, Canada. Last weekend, my family visited Naples NY. I want to send a shout out to the businesses I encountered while I was there. I’d like to brag about how aware they were of each other. From the AirBnB host who knew all the restaurants so well, to the staff at Roots Café who knew the outdoor attraction offerings so well, to the Wayside farmers market operator who could talk in great depth about his product – I was very impressed. Also, the woman at the pizzeria knew we were tourists just by looking at us, and took the time to explain the menu. Plus, when we visited Wayside market for the third time, the man gave us a free box of homemade maple and bacon donuts! I know I have similar businesses in my community that are very well connected and aware, but I wanted to highlight Naples as another shining example.”
Manager, Tourism & Economic Development
I love to hear about small towns that get it right! And an excellent reminder to us all to be better ambassadors for our towns.
Tracy Brown says
Hi Clark – as someone who lives “up the road” from Naples (I’m in Rochester, NY), it’s AWESOME to read about visitors’ experiences! It’s friendly little community, and we love taking the drive down, too. Make sure you check out the Naples Grape Fest, which is September 26th-27th!