The personal side of Small Business


This is completely off-topic from what we normally chat about here. But I have to call out how wonderful people in small business can be. My wife and I welcomed a new baby boy into the family on Oct. 10. The bad news is that he was born with a heart defect and is waiting for surgery to repair it. It’s a very fixable condition with little to no side effects after he makes it through the surgery.

For those of you that are medically-inclined, he has Transposition of the Great Arteries – not a walk in the park but a common heart condition. We are at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and are very impressed with the staff here. They are wonderful and are some of the best in this business.

We have had SOOOO much wonderful support from both of our offices, past colleagues, friends and family. It really put a lot of faith back into humanity when something like this happens and everyone reaches out to help. Normally I’m not one to ask for help. I’ve always made my own way; but this experience has proved beyond any doubt that there are countless wonderful people out there. The normal cut-throat pace of business stops for a few seconds when a personal crisis hits.


At the end of the day, small business executives really care about their staff AND their families. And we all rally behind someone in times of need. And for that, I thank you!

Please keep him (and us) in your thoughts and prayers for the next few weeks.

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  1. My prayers are with you and your family when your little one goes through the surgery.

    I am sure the tough guy will do fine and recover well after the surgery.

    May God be with you during the anxious moments during and after the surgery.

  2. Rest assured that your Small Business Branding buddies are also pulling for your family during this time of distress.

    Great picture of the little guy! He’s sure to be quite the ladies man!

    We’re pullin’ for you guys…

    The team from

  3. I second that motion and I look forward to the year one photos 🙂

  4. Congratulations to you and your wife Nick. And very best wishes for your little man’s speedy recovery. He’s sure to grow up tough!

    Kind regards, Danielle

  5. Wow… That’s pretty special. Congratulations Nick – No doubt that you’ll make a cool ‘Dad’. Lets just hope the little one pulls through quickly, so you can be together soon.

    Best Regards,

  6. Thank you for all of the kind comments. Will had surgery yesterday and everything went well. The doctors are really pleased with his results so far. Keep the prayers coming. He has a couple weeks of recovery to go.

  7. Nick – thoughts and prayers for little Will and a solid recovery! Best wishes for your entire family. – Kelly G.

  8. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I have been there. My son, now 13, was born with tricuspid atresia, pulmonary stenosis and an aortic right ventricle. He has undergone numerous operations (7) to “fix” the problem. I am very glad that Will’s problem is much less complex. Please remember to eat and sleep properly, if you are doing well he will do even better. They bounce back so quickly you will be amazed. Best wishes for a speedy recovery and a very special homecoming will happen very soon.

  9. Nick~

    Congrats on the bundle of joy! SOO glad to hear all went well in surgery.

    I’ll keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

    Be well,

  10. Hi Nick,

    I just picked up on your blog via the Small Business Branding feed I’m subscribed to, and I have to say – you struck a chord.

    I myself have Transposition of the Great Arteries AND a hole in the heart. They did try and fix me when I was a kid but gave up after several attempts (still have the scars to prove it though).

    In my case, one problem would have killed me, the other saved me.

    25 years later, I’m still here – still healthy (well, as healthly as I can be), still going strong.

    I just want to wish all 3 of you the best, I hope and am confident your son will make a full recovery (the wonders of medical science!).