I think the Grateful Dead described this journey best – “What a long strange trip it’s been!” I started the company as a result of a layoff amid an economic downturn and start of a recovery. It’s a strange sense of deja vu that my company turns 10 amid an economic downturn while we try to navigate the beginnings of a recovery. I submitted the paperwork to form SNF Writing Solutions, LLC on September 10th, 2010 and it was officially processed by the Secretary of State’s office on the 30th. This was after about 4 months of starting the company, but not realizing that’s what I was doing – I was just trying to keep a newborn in diapers while figuring out what was next.
As a look back on the last 10 years, its amazing and gratifying to know that the most bitter of lemons have turned out to be so delightfully refreshing. A stint of working a full-time job while building the business, some long-term contracts, some very short projects, and a lot of lessons learned. I’m definitely not the same woman I was then. I’m proud of that woman 10 years ago that took the leap of faith, I’m also curious as to what the 20th anniversary will look like.
I can’t thank enough the community of colleagues, mentors, and contractors that have navigated these years with me. I’ve built this business with the help and support of so many – family, friends, colleagues, and mentors. I owe a debt of gratitude to all of you.
In honor of our decade, SNF Writing Solutions has two big announcements.
The first: SNF Writing Solutions announces the new division: Dragonfly Business Consulting. This division is a spin-off of the strategic and evaluative services offered in the past as side projects, but now with a home and strategic vision to grow the service lines that offer planning, data analysis, and evaluation services, among others to help businesses and organizations of all sizes and configurations to Evolve & Sustain. Not forgetting our roots, SNF Writing Solutions will still offer all kinds of writing support including technical writing and grant proposals, but this will give a division of services and an opportunity to grow in many directions. The website is still under development, but look for that announcement to come shortly!
The second: As I’ve reflected on our work over the last 10 years, I’ve realized that we have done a lot of work across the country and have checked off a lot of states, but we have not done a lot of work in our own backyard. This year, I am going to fix that oversight. Over 10 months, we are gifting 10 projects to 10 organizations that serve Johnson County, Perry Township (Marion County), and Southport, Indiana. To select the projects we work on, we will be taking short applications from organizations (any kind…non-profit, for-profit, government, etc.) on a rolling basis with the first projects starting in December and continuing through September of 2021. To learn more, visit our 10 for 10 page.
I am so very excited about this milestone and happy that we can share in this milestone with our community – local and national.
Cheers to 10 years! Can’t wait to see how the next 10 take shape.