5 Big Companies Who Trusted Small

Small Business   •   September 2018

I am constantly trying to soak in advice from individuals who have started successful companies. Especially those in the business services world where the majority of what sets one business apart from another falls into a difficult-to-measure category like knowledge, skill, integrity, and/or work ethic.

How do you convince companies that it makes sense for their large, predominantly male-owned and operated company to partner with a small, women-owned and operated one?

“I grew up, played at Wisconsin-Green Bay, the hyphenated schools. I know how good they are. Said it yesterday, good basketball knows no divisions or limits or qualities. And they played. All that matters is who plays the best.”

-Tony Bennett

UVA Basketball Head Coach, after their loss to UMBC

I forget, though, that a commonality of great companies is their leader’s appreciation for trying the unexpected. Their knowledge that the best ideas can come from the least likely of places. Understanding the greatness, work ethic, competitiveness, and a take-nothing-for-granted attitude that comes from a hyphenated school.

Every business will have to partner with other businesses at some point. Leaders of successful companies look for those difficult-to-measure categories. They recognize knowledge and skill while identifying with integrity and work ethic.

So, to start out Q1 in 2018, we wanted to give a shout out to some of our customers who have supported and trusted our small, women-owned business and let them know:

No matter our growth, we promise to always act like a hyphenated school.

The Harmony Company has been in business since 1999 providing natural solutions to meet the health needs of our customers. We are the worldwide distributor of American BioSciences products and we are here to serve you. The goal of American BioSciences is to help people enhance their lives and health with the most effective, natural dietary supplements that are supported by outstanding research.

The Franklin Johnston Group is a developer and manager of multifamily rental residences in the senior, luxury and affordable housing sectors. The company owns and manages more than 13,000 units and 70 properties throughout the Eastern U.S. The Franklin Johnston Group portfolio is composed of its own properties as well as those owned in partnership with various individual and institutional investors. The company develops new properties and acquires and rehabilitates existing communities. Principals include Wendell Franklin, Tom Johnston, Taylor Franklin and Steve Cooper, with a combined experience of more than 100 years in the industry.

HAZON Solutions is a drone service provider focused on critical infrastructure inspections for Fortune 500 utility and industrial clients. We leverage a combined 80 years of combat aviation experience ­­ to deliver industry-leading drone based solutions to help organizations increase reliability and decrease downtime due to maintenance and inspections while also mitigating risk to personnel. Our primary focus is delivering inspection services to those companies with significant investments in critical infrastructure. We leverage our aviation expertise to collect actionable data that is otherwise difficult, dangerous or costly to gather. For organizations that want to build out an organic drone program we offer professional aviation consulting as well as basic and advanced flight training. To complement our consulting and training services, we have developed fleet management software for professional drone operations – Drone Management System™

The Mom’s Choice Awards® (MCA) evaluates products and services created for children, families and educators. The program is globally recognized for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. The organization is based in the United States and has reviewed thousands of items from more than 55 countries.

Alert | WR Systems The WR Systems’ facility has a fully equipped Electronics Repair and Test (ERT) laboratory to provide expertise in Circuit Card Assembly (CCA) modification, repair, testing, and implementation. At W R Systems, Ltd. (WR), we are dedicated to designing and deploying innovative, cost-effective engineering and technical solutions to support requirements worldwide. For decades, we have passionately supported the vital missions of our customers, providing refined, reliable systems engineering product development, lifecycle support, and programmatic services. Our company is built on a commitment to fulfilling the specific objectives of each customer, and to the principles of ethics, quality, innovation.