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It’s Been a Year Already?

The adage “time flies when you’re having fun” is certainly true – this week we celebrate one year of being in business, and the time has sure flown by! Cheers to our incredible clients, colleagues, family, and friends who made it possible for Guiderock Commercial Realty LLC to achieve this milestone. In honor of the occasion, here are some of the highlights and lessons from the past year:

  • Why have cake when really you should have pie? We all start with plans of how things will go, even leaning toward the traditional routes, and have to adapt when the plans and reality don’t align. Most things went well, and the occasional misalignments taught us valuable lessons in flexibility and adaptability. Besides, we like unconventional anyway.
  • The only constant is change. We have continued changes in the industry (different expectations in office use, an omnipresent omnichannel impact on retail and industrial properties, construction and financing pressures) as well as broader economic and political conditions. How these trends will continue or what new environments might come along are difficult to predict, but it’s safe to say that this next year will be different than the past year.
  • Speaking of change, how about some new stuff? This first year saw an emphasis on tenant and buyer representation services, as well as the launch of this blog. More exciting is the groundwork that was laid for new services to be launched in the next few months to further assist our clients. We can’t spill the beans quite yet, but look for more information soon!

We can’t give enough thanks to everyone who has been a part of this journey. It has been an amazing year and we’re looking forward to many more.

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Celebrating Small Businesses

It’s Small Business Week! Over the past several days, we have seen and heard quite a bit of commentary highlighting how small businesses are integral to a sense of community. Sometimes this can be taken for granted, so we are taking a few moments here to (somewhat anecdotally) talk about why small businesses are so important.

Certainly there’s a significant contribution from small businesses to the U.S. economy. The Small Business Administration notes that “more than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.” That’s good news, but it only scratches the surface of what small businesses do.

When we think about small businesses, we think about our family, friends, and neighbors. The people that own and operate these businesses are embedded in their communities. They know customers by name and may cross paths with them at the grocery store, social events, and church. These small business representatives often hold seats in local government, directly influencing how a community sees and conducts itself. Many of them hold position on non-profit boards, and others may be sponsors for youth sports teams or other groups.

Whether today’s small businesses stay small or become “the next big thing,” we know that they represent creativity, resourcefulness, and a level of community service that goes beyond economic measures.

Thank you to all of the small businesses for doing what you do and making our communities great.