Kudos to Pat!

Congratulations to my friend Pat Brown-Dixon, one of Kansas City’s staunchest advocates for small businesses. Pat was just appointed as the SBA’s Regional Administrator for Region VII. The region includes Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas. For those of you who don’t know Pat, you’ve been missing out.

I met Pat at a GSA Small Business Breakfast nearly 14 years ago, shortly after I purchased my company (then called Kansas City Small Business Monthly, Inc.). At 7 a.m., she was the only person in the room who could put the Energizer Bunny to shame. If you weren’t awake by the time she took the microphone to start the breakfast off, you were after her booming “Goooood Moooorniiing!” rocked the room. It was so loud it jolted the coffee in your cup. Part cheerleader and part enforcer, Pat masterfully engaged each of the 100 plus guests in the room, enthusiastically helping them to showcase their business during introductions. But if you went on for too long, Pat’s infamous “hook” came out and you knew it was time to “sit DOWN.”

Pat is a huge supporter of small business in the Kansas City area. Besides her role at the GSA, she serves on committees and volunteers her time to a variety of entrepreneurial endeavors. Undoubtedly, though, Pat’s greatest legacy to date are the many introductions she has facilitated over the years that have resulted in business deals and relationships. We are so fortunate that Pat will now have the opportunity to continue her work on a regional and national stage. It can only mean more good things for Kansas City businesses.

Thanks for everything, Pat. We’re looking forward to the next stage.


About Smart Companies Thinking Bigger®

Kelly Scanlon is the owner and publisher of Thinking Bigger Business Media. She recently finished a term on the national board of directors of the National Association of Women Business Owners, and was the national chair from 2010-2011. An advocate for small business owners, Kelly sits on numerous boards and committees to advocate on behalf of small business owners. She has won several awards for her advocacy. Among them are the 2011 United Nations NGO Positive Peace Award on behalf of Kansas City area small business owners, the U.S. Small Business Administration's Region VII Women's Business Champion of the Year in 2009, and the Women in Business Advocate of the Year from the State of Kansas in 2006. In 2002, she won the SBA's Region VII Small Business Journalist of the Year Award (Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas). Whatever your business stage—aspiring, startup, established, mature—Thinking Bigger Business Media has the resources you need to grow to the next level. We are a resource organization dedicated to providing the strategic, "how-to" information small business owners need to become more productive and more profitable. We also provide information that helps owners connect with resources within the business community that can help them grow. We deliver that information through a variety of media products and other channels easily accessible to business owners.
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