Seven Days wins BBA award!
It was an honor to be at the Sheraton last night while Pamela & Paula accepted the 2008 Burlington Business Association award for exemplary business practices, contributions to the community and promotion of a positive image for Burlington! As one excited fan shouted out "Go girls!"
Read their remarks after the jump.
You all know Bob Miller, right — the developer, philanthropist, man about Burlington?
Bobby was our first landlord; he gave us a great deal on a cheap office space at Miller's Landmark when we first started Seven Days 13 years ago.
He gave us another opportunity as well: One day he came downstairs to check out the chaos, and he offered me and Pamela some sage advice. He extended his arm and said, kinda dramatically, "Touch me I'm gold."
Needless to say, we obeyed.
Not to underestimate Bobby’s power — or generosity —but it's all of you that have made Seven Days what it is. Your support has enabled us to create a newspaper that shows Burlington for the vital place that it is: a place people want to visit if they don’t live here; and, if they do live here, hopefully they flip through it and say to themselves, Maybe I don’t need to move to Boston. . . I’m pretty sure that benefits all of us.
So thanks to all of you — Burlington businesses — for believing in us. Your investment has allowed us to grow Seven Days into a national model.
And thanks to our amazing staff, for pulling it together every week.
To our sales people, who are tireless and creative and thankfully, never leave.
To our writers, who work work all hours of the day, night and weekend.
To our designers, who make everything look cool.
To our web team. They never stop innovating even though sometimes we wish they would. . .
Our marketing director, classified director, circulation drivers — many people are involved in making Seven Days, which I hope you’ve noticed is no longer just a newspaper.
People often ask us, “Where did you find these people?”
I can tell you: we found em right here.
And from Pamela:
I want to briefly tell you about our name. Not Seven Days, which you know, but our corporate name, Da Capo Publishing, Inc.
In Italian, da capo literally means "from the head"’ In music, it’s an instruction to go back to the top, or the beginning, and start over. Which is exactly what we did almost 13 years ago.
We also chose Da Capo because it reflected our interest in the arts. We were, after all, a couple of arts writers whose prior business experience was bake sales.
Perhaps because of that shortcoming, we also liked the vaguely Mafioso sound of Da Capo.
The most significant meaning of our name, of course, turned out to be the musical one: starting over.
We took a huge leap of faith back in 1995 in starting our own newspaper. We cajoled advertisers with an inaugural three-for-the-price-of-two deal — enough for a 28-page paper. At the end of three weeks we realized, "Omigod, we have to keep doing this!"
And so we did. I don't need to tell you the challenges that every new business owner faces, but it's imperative to say that we could not have started over — and reinvented ourselves every week for all these years — without the people Paula mentioned earlier.
In fact, we're convinced we couldn't have done this anywhere but Burlington, VT. So I want to thank you for the tremendous opportunity we have had to reflect, inform, critique — sometimes poke fun at — and to evolve with this community, week after week. Thank you so much for this great honor.