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Mary Holland, AIA recently attended the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Summit in Washington, D.C. Here’s her takeaway

Mary Holland, AIA participated in the first Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses (10KSB) Summit: The Big Power of Small Business in Washington, D.C. February 13th to 14th.

The gathering of over 2,2000 small business owners was organized by the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program, and brought together graduates of the 10KSB program from  across the country. Feb. 14th was spent on Capitol Hill, communicating directly with legislators on Capitol Hill regarding small business challenges and the pivotal role such they play in the American economy.

Mary was a member of Philadelphia’s third cohort in the 10KSB program, in 2014.  The Summit included an opportunity to connect, here are her takeaways from the program and the Summit:

“Architects don’t typically get much of an education about how to run a business in architecture school. The 10KSB program gave me that, but more importantly it gave me an understanding that all businesses face the same challenges. If I can understand my clients’ challenges, I can communicate with them more effectively, serve them better through design. And understand the range of services they need. It also brought home to me how little most people know about what architects do, allowing me to better support the profession through communication of the value architects bring to the table.  It’s so important to understand the client’s business model in order to maximize the value their building – what works, and what they did away with, and how that brought value to their businesses.

In D.C., I really enjoyed meeting and engaging with Pat Toomey and Bob Casey on the topic of small business in the United States. It allowed 22,000 people to put faces to the driving force behind job creation in the U.S.  with their local congressmen  and senators. Small business is the backbone of our economy, it’s where the greatest number of jobs are created, and must let our legislators know how best to support economic growth through support of small business. The connections I made there will allow me to continue to communicate personally and in concert with my peers in small businesses across the country.

If you would like to network with Mary and learn more about her experience, feel free to contact her at mholland@cicadaarchtiecture.com or our office liaison, Melissa Thomas, by email: mthomas@cicadaarchitecture.com.

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