The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year Is Here!
By Neil Gordon
Professionally, the “December bridge” to the New Year is always filled with new ideas and initiatives for the next calendar year.
I’m already planning exciting changes for the Buzz brand here and in other Morris markets. I’ll share more about those in one of the next few columns.
I hope you take the advice of our columnists, who often work off of the “plan first” mantra of doing business. If you envision great things in 2018, you’ll have a better chance of achieving great things.
Personally, the “December bridge” is such a great time to re-charge the batteries with family and friends. This year, we started a new tradition visiting One Table in Aiken. We were invited by our friends and longtime participants to enjoy downtown Aiken and eat Thanksgiving dinner at one long table with strangers.
The Gordons followed it up with our tradition of Black Friday shopping and the selecting of a Christmas tree. In the past, we’ve picked a Frasier Fir from a pop-up tree farm in Evans via North Carolina. Our editor, Gary Kauffman, profiles a local family that grows their own trees on its farm in South Augusta, tracing its history and business success through the years. It’s our cover story.
There are so many stories of local businesses doing good this holiday season that we’d need an entire issue to tell their stories!
Writer Witt Wells tried to capture some of those stories into a community service feature he wrote on page 4.
Speaking of community service, I cannot think of a better example of the season than what occurs under a bridge by the Salvation Army in Augusta.
Christian businesspeople, pastors and volunteers come together every Saturday to share the gospel, some good food and fellowship at an outdoor church service. We profile the Bridge Ministry of the CSRA on page 38.
‘Tis the season for our Holiday section spotlighting some companies and stories that inspire us all. Our featured, sponsored content is on pages 20 and 21 as the staff and residents of Morningside of Evans assisted living are highlighted. Kauffman’s “Faith at Work” column focuses on a free gift employers can give their employees, plus Dagan Sharpe looks at how not to derail our best intentions.
As always, I ask you support the advertisers in that section and throughout our issue.
May your holidays and business prospects for 2018 be filled with an abundance of joy and blessings.
All the BLEST, Neil