Forecasts Are Never a Sure Bet

Welcome to spring in Kansas City! But if you expected to be enjoying crocus, daffodils and redbud trees right now, you’re sorely disappointed. As all of us who live and work here know, we got hit with three major late-season snowstorms that have kept winter at bay. We’re still shoveling when we should be mowing, wrapping scarves under heavy coats, and hoping our neighbors clear their sidewalks so we can walk the dog. And as I write this, snow and cold temperatures are forecast even for April 1.

 What’s going on here? We’re supposed to be waking to sunny skies and moderate temps this time of year, with some showers here and there to nourish all those budding flowers and trees.

The Spring of 2013 hands us a lesson for our businesses too. How often have we invested in our companies, forecasting sunny skies ahead because of a new product, new people, or new processes, only to find ourselves hunkering back down, retrenching, and wondering what happened to the “spring” that was supposed to come?

Like weather forecasting, there are a lot of variables that make predicting the future of our businesses an inexact science. But like hearty Midwesterners, entrepreneurs push on.


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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