Moving Forward and a Year in Retrospect

So – as a follow up from my last post (Wish Me Luck) I did actally pass the exam – with a decent mark, no less. Wow, talk about relief. A couple weeks ago we had our first annual Christmas Dinner at Lewis Media over at the King Crab Oyster Bar & Grill – it was a blast. Had we done this a year ago it would have been Jeff and myselft (perhaps Xiaopu and Chrissy would have come) but this time there was a full contingent of 9. Exciting growth :)

It’s the end of the year, and it’s interesting how comfortable it feels despite the ups and downs of the last few months. So, in the spirit of plot summaries, here’s what’s registers on the radar when I look back.

  • Bringing on two more fantastic developers for Lewis Media
  • Winning the CIBC Student Entrepreneur of the Year Award
  • Forays into hiring new sales staff
  • Being selected for Leadership Waterloo Region
  • Clearing another course off my lagging student career
  • Worries, concerns, revitalization and explosive growth in SMF
  • Joining the TravelPod team and realizing it’s growth
  • Taking the reins as sole-share holder in Lewis Media
  • Incorporation of LMI

There are, of course more – but that was pretty much it in a nutshell!

On an up swing to end off the new year, the LMI Round-Up program is taking shape. In the new year we’re going to start shipping a brochure out with every package that would allow people to “Round-Up” their invoice to a round number, donating the difference to one of three causes. There are two that we’ve selected as long-term causes because they fit with the Lewis Media identity and industry, and a third that will be voted on by the LMI staff every year. The two permanent causes are Sky’s the Limit and WEEF. The rotating one for 2006 is the Argus Residence for Young People (their website is currently down).? I’m not yet certain how our clients will respond, but I’m hoping that over the next 12 months we can facilitate at least a few thousand dollars in donations, which would be a fine addition to our current track record: just over 10% of our gross sales in 2005 went back to charities and not-for-profits in the form of sponsorship, in-kind donations and discounts.

Now to see what 2006 has in store!

Joseph

VP HCM Products at NetSuite and Founder of TribeHR and Lewis Media. Waterloo Region Enthusiast and active volunteer.

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