Erie Business Law - May 2020

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May 2020

We Will Either Find a Way or Make One The Unwavering Support From My Mother

Mother’s Day is coming up. Don’t forget. My mom was a true cheerleader, both figuratively and literally. She always did everything she could for the family by supporting us no matter what we were doing. Mom was also one of the loudest when it came to cheering us on — I could hear her over everyone else in the stands during my hockey games as a kid. I knew my mom had my back, and having that support shaped my life in a lot of ways. When I was a kid, my mom was really involved in the family business, and I learned a lot of the essential skills I have today by watching how much time, effort, and care she put into it. I still remember the conversations I had with both of my parents during the 2001 economic downturn. While the rest of the world was panicking, shutting down, and forfeiting the game, my parents were looking for the opportunities. That mindset carried me into the COVID-19 crisis. While the rest of the world was panicking, shutting down, and forfeiting the game, I searched for the opportunity. Within a week of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act passing, the first federal law related to the pandemic to be passed, we wrote “The Business Owner’s Guide to Surviving COVID-19.” Two weeks later, as I write this, we’ve distributed that guide to over 1,200 business owners. When I was in the fourth grade, my mom was diagnosed with cancer. It was a scary thing for a kid to hear, but she fought through it and came out a stronger and better person than she was before. Her entire outlook on life genuinely helped a lot of people who found themselves in similar situations. My mom always wanted to help other people, whether it was her own family or a complete stranger. This inspired my “I knew my mom had my back, and having that support shaped my life in a lot of ways.”

My mom and daughter

desire to help people too. It helped that my dad was there to support her through the whole ordeal. Fighting together is easier.

Now, it’s time for business owners to fight. Of those 1,200 businesses that read our guide, many have reached out for legal advice, input on the various loan programs, and assistance with getting federal stimulus dollars. We are here to help. Fighting together is easier. Growing up, we had a plaque hanging in the house that read, “We will either find a way or make one.”This phrase comes from Hannibal, a Carthaginian commander who crossed the Alps into Italy riding on elephants around 218 B.C. while others said it couldn’t be done. I’ll never forget what my mom taught me and what she continues to do for me today. It feels great to have a similar impact for others.

–Adam Williams

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