Today marks exactly six months since I launched Provident Communications Inc. It has been an incredible time: thanks to the trust and confidence of my clients, the firm has already exceeded every one of the full-year targets I set for myself at launch.
I couldn’t be more thankful. Across a variety of sectors, some of Canada’s biggest companies have entrusted me with their business, from strategy and executive communications to M&A and issues management. At the same time, I’ve helped several of the country’s most innovative and client-focused startups build their brands.
Provident operates in a highly competitive industry, and I know all of my clients have a great deal of choice, so I’m both honoured and flattered by their business.
I’m equally thankful for the awesome and generous people in my personal and professional networks. So many of them opened doors, made introductions, gave unsolicited recommendations and provided ongoing feedback on my various (good and bad) ideas. Much of this kindness has translated into new business, strong leads and potential partnerships. I’m committed to reciprocating in full, and also to paying it forward and helping others however I can.
Like any entrepreneur, I've also made mistakes and learned from a few hard lessons in the last six months. I expect this will continue for as long as I'm in business. I've learned to welcome and enjoy the tough moments as much as any success I achieve, because they teach so much about self-awareness and resilience.
The year ahead promises to be even more exciting. New and existing clients are looking to drive major change and large-scale projects as soon as 2017 begins, and I’m thrilled to support them in doing so. Provident will also seek to grow in size, so I will be looking to expand the team as the year progresses.
Above all else, I will focus on what I do best: blending my journalism and corporate communications expertise to work with brands and leaders to deliver great business outcomes. As it has been until now, the work Provident delivers will be backed by a commitment to unparalleled responsiveness and exceptional client service.
Thank you again to everyone who has helped Provident have an incredibly successful first six months. I wish all of you happy holidays and a great New Year!
-Wojtek Dabrowski, Managing Partner, Provident Communications Inc.