DIVING DOWN WITH GLG
A Salute to the Mom and Pops Why I Strive to Help Small Businesses Succeed MARCH 2020
Did you know that Sunday, March 29 is National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day? That day doesn’t get a lot of recognition, but I wanted to take the time to highlight it. From what I’ve seen in my life and work, mom-and-pop business owners are some of the hardest- working people out there. On top of that, they really are the backbone of our country’s economy! According to the Small Business Administration, small businesses make up 99.7% of all employers in the U.S. Who would have guessed the figure would be that high? When I was growing up, my mom and stepdad owned their own real estate appraisal business, so I got to see the impact mom and pops can make first hand. They had a small shop with three or four employees, and it was really cool for me as a kid to see them fulfilling their dream. Though I didn’t think about it much back then, they were also providing livelihoods for those employees and giving their clients the kind of one-on-one, highly personal experience that only a mom-and-pop shop can offer. Today, many of our clients are mom-and-pop businesses, so I’ve also gotten a close-up look at the challenges they face. Though I run my own business now, I don’t really consider the Gibson Law Group a mom and pop. Maybe that’s because I always imagine mom-and-pop businesses to be like the one my parents ran: a business started by a couple, maybe with their kids working the register or just growing up in the background. That might be a misconception on my part; after all, USA Today lists Nike and Ben & Jerry’s, two companies started by male friends, among their “10 Mom & Pop Shops That Went Big,” but it’s a hard one to shake. That said, even though
we can to save them both. We have our clients’ backs when a contractor takes off with their money midway through building a dockominium or a barndominum or an old employee sues for unpaid overtime, but I think the most vital work we do is preventive, not reactive. In my years of practicing law, I’ve found that a $500 consultation can often prevent a $100,000 lawsuit. If you’re already a client of ours but have worries you haven’t shared, or if you’ve been thinking about hiring us but are on the fence, please give me a call. You can call me on my cell phone — (214) 697-3034 — any time, day or night. I might not answer right away (I do have to sleep sometimes, after all), but I will always get back to you as soon as I can. I’m always ready and eager to help!
the Gibson Law Group doesn’t really fit that image, we still try to give our clients the kind of personal, one-on-one attention that I think makes mom and pops so special. I want all of our clients to see us the same way they see the guy at the corner store with whom they always chat when he rings up their groceries — as a familiar face they can trust. The first step to gaining that trust is getting to know each other, which is why I’m always happy to get together with my clients and prospective clients over lunch or coffee, just to get comfortable with each other and have a conversation off the clock. If you have a specific legal issue to tackle, that’s different, but if you just want to feel me out and see if we’d make good partners, I’d be happy to meet at no cost. I know money and time are tight for mom and pops, so once I’ve built that kind of relationship with a client, we do everything
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