By: Ed Szczesniak and Barry Calano
OK… so when I learned the next issue of Suwanee Magazine would be dedicated to “Fitness,” I began thinking of how I could tie the Suwanee Business Alliance in with the focus. That’s when I realized the best thing about the SBA is that everybody and every business “Fits.” (How’s that for a play on words?)
When I sat and thought about it, nothing is truer. Whether you’re a big national bank or home-based, one-person massage therapist, a ten member CPA firm or mayor of Suwanee, of our 230+ members we seem to “fit” everyone – and not just in Suwanee, but even companies from Buford, Duluth, Lawrenceville, Sugar Hill, Braselton, Norcross, Dunwoody, Winder, Oakwood, Atlanta, Snellville, and just about any city or town around the Atlanta area.
Why does the SBA attract so many different people and companies from both near and far? The answer is because we “fit.” We’re like that favorite pair of old jeans or those comfy slippers. We may have a few loose stitches (and we’ve been accused of that a lot) or may not be as shiny as a new pair of Steve Madden shoes, but we’re easy to enjoy.
When my wife and I moved to Suwanee four years ago, someone suggested I visit an SBA meeting. The last thing I wanted to join was anther boring network group where everyone was selling everyone or looking for a job, and where no business ever really happens, and where you seldom meet anyone you’d invite to a party.
But I visited a meeting and found that I was wrong and joined on the spot. Within a year I met my CPA, hairstylist, dentist, car wash, financial planner, five favorite local restaurants, our family photographer, pet shop, auto mechanic, eye doctor, printer, painter and banker. And on the receiving end, my little company just completed our 26th landscape project through my SBA friends. Talk about a networking group that really works.
But the very BEST THING about the SBA – is that I’ve met a ton of new real friends and neighbors and we all seem to FIT together – perfectly.
Come visit us and see how easily you and your business can fit in. It’s a great group of your “soon to be” closest friends!
The Suwanee Business Alliance meets the 2nd Wednesday of every month from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at different business locations in town.
For more info: Suwanee.org