I could write a sonnet about my love for small businesses, but instead, I will just share a few words about one of my most very favorites. The W. H. Bagshaw company is owned by my dear friends Aaron and Adria Bagshaw, and as fifth generation owners of the family business, it's clear that they are in it for the love of business and their community. They were honored last night at the Small Business Association's Annual Awards Dinner, as Family Owned Small Business of the Year, and I was delighted to tag along to photograph it for them.
For anyone that thinks manufacturing might be a boring business, I want to set the record straight. The Bagshaw company uses both 100 year old machines and state of the art CNC machines to manufacture everything from pins to parts used in aeronautical and medical devices. They have a small team, but they are mighty and I love watching them work together.
I admire the Bagshaw's not just for their business acumen, but for their dedication to their employees and the families that they support. I know from watching them, from talking to them, and as my husband is an employee, from experiencing it first hand, that they understand their responsibility in the community. Moreover, they don't just accept that responsibility, but they celebrate it by creating a work environment that is all about team work, growth, and family.
The Bagshaw's core values are Family, Empowerment, Make It happen, Courage & Perseverance. I'm honored to learn from them, and to call them friends. Congratulations Aaron and Adria!!
My absolute favorite part of last night was being reminded that being an entreprenuer is a choice we make, and that choice enables others to have better lives. When you step up to say yes to being in business, that ripples far and wide. What an honor to be on this journey and to be learning from so many who've gone before.