Russell’s Ramblings

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Things not always seen

Don Bombay (Left) with Dave Kight

Don Bombay (Left) with Dave Kight

Every day a new story is written in Lake Norman.  A page is turned and a new chapter begins.  Such is always the case in a growing region like ours.  Last month, the last word was written on a man who had a profound impact on our community.  Don Bombay volunteered as a SCORE representative here at the chamber.    After a very successful career as a business and financial consultant, he retired and volunteered his time with the SCORE organization. 

SCORE  is a nonprofit association dedicated to entrepreneurial education and the formation, growth and success of small businesses nationwide.   SCORE’s retired and working volunteers are experienced entrepreneurs and corporate managers/executives. These volunteers provide free business counseling and advice as a public service to all types of businesses, in all stages of development.

It is through SCORE that I first met Don several years ago.  Don met with many of our start up businesses and offered them counseling and advice on business plans, marketing plans, and financing.  Over the last few years, illness took a toll on Don.  Yet, no matter how bad he felt, he never allowed the illness to keep him from his goal of business assistance.  Last month Don lost his long battle to cancer.  Ironically, at the same time a memorial service was being held at the Davidson College Presbyterian Church Chapel, a groundbreaking was taking place for the Davidson Day School.sunshine

A chapter was written and a new chapter began.  Young students with a new school to perhaps be trained as our emerging entrepreneurs and business leaders of the future.  It was very fitting that the minister read a passage from II Corinthians Chapter 4:     While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

Don Bombay’s work, like the contributions of many counselors and volunteers often go unheralded.  But they never go unnoticed.  Sometimes the things we never see mean more to our community than the things we do see.  Those things are eternal.

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August 11, 2009 - Posted by | Chamber of Commerce | , , , ,

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