If you happen to be surrounded by a crowd of trumpeters, see if they’re willing to work up some kind of fanfare. Shawn Boyer, the president and CEO of SnagAJob.com, has been named the Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration.
An SBA blurb states, "In barely eight years, SnagAJob.com has become a hugely successful part-time and hourly job-posting site, connecting millions of registered job seekers with active job postings. The business started in 2000 with 24 full- time employees crammed into a 1,000-square-foot self storage unit in an office park."
Jumping forward, "Today it boasts 85 full- time ‘snaggers’ in a 35,000-square-foot Silicon Valley-like facility overlooking a lake in Richmond. Revenues have grown each year and the company became profitable after its fourth year. Yet Shawn Boyer’s passion goes beyond the bottom line, leading him to a level of volunteerism and community involvement that has become a big part of the drive behind his company’s success."
After all the less-inspiring news about recessions and failure rates, a success story like this is nice to hear. It sounds as if Boyer identified a need and tried to meet it, which is what pretty much all small business owners seek to do.
I’ll now give a hat tip to Kristin Edelhauser and duck out before this reaches the point of encouraging everyone to join hands and sing "Kumbaya."