Time To Go Fly A Kite

I went to the annual kite festival on the Smithsonian mall with my family over the weekend. We watched master kite flyers dip and soar their sleek, colorful contraptions into the cloudy sky. Although many festival-goers brought their own snazzy kites, we showed up empty-handed -- having stopped by the festival at the last minute after an early-morning, soggy tour of the cherry blossoms around the tidal basin.

My kids were apoplectic that they should be denied the right to launch something into the air so we stopped by the arts-and-crafts booths to see what we could invent. With help from a kite enthusiast, we managed to fold a piece of paper this way and that. With some paper streamers taped to it along with something resembling a pair of chopsticks for support, we got that simple kite flying. In fact, it soared high into the sky and far surpassed anything we thought possible.

It reminded me of many of the stories you've shared with me over the last two years. Plain and simple ideas that take flight with perseverance -- even in a crowded field.

I've been honored to share your stories and pass on your lessons learned. If you've read my blog for a while, you've probably caught on that I've always been something of a policy geek. I took full use of my vantage point in the nation's capital to bring you politics and policy issues pertinent to small firms and their community.

It's with great sadness that I report that today is the final post for washingtonpost.com's Small Business Blog.

if you're interested, I'd be happy to keep you apprised of what I do next. I'll let you know via my Web site, www.sharonmcloone.com, or you can always find me on LinkedIn. I've also started a new Twitter account: @smallbizwatch.

You'll still be able to find excellent reporting, resources and access to my archives at www.washingtonpost.com/smallbusiness.

Thanks for your readership and support.

By Sharon McLoone |  March 31, 2009; 8:00 AM ET
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