Day 4: Debbie Cleghorn


(Note: Debbie Cleghorn was the administrative director in two different businesses I owned over five years. She’s one of the most trusted people I know.)

Dear Debbie:

Sometimes you have gut feelings about people. I’m glad I went with my gut the day we met. I didn’t hire you on the spot, but I knew you were the one. I just knew.

When you have responsibility for so many things – sales, quality control, human resources, payroll, taxes, etc.,) – all the things that go with small business ownership, there’s nothing I’ve found more important and reassuring than a great office leader. Knowing that you can trust someone completely is one of the greatest bits of peace a small business owner will ever enjoy.

I knew your morals would never waiver, and they didn’t. I knew you’d always do more

Dana and Debbie.

Dana and Debbie.

than you were asked, and you did. I knew you’d watch over my shoulder. And you always did that, too. I knew your interest would always be greater than what you could achieve for itself. And it surely was.

More than anything, thank you for being such a good friend. Some of those times weren’t so easy. You never wavered – never flinched. Dana and I will always love you. I hope you never forget it.

Launching a new business is never an easy thing. There’s SO much that goes into it, and you walked through it with me twice. For the success that we enjoyed, I doubt it would’ve happened without you.

Thank you for helping me live a couple of my laughable dreams.

Your friend,




3 thoughts on “Day 4: Debbie Cleghorn

  1. Dear Steve and Dana,

    Steve, thank you for writing such kind words. Thank you for being so patient with me, for teaching me, and for helping me on that segment of my journey. Above all thank you for believing in me and thank you for taking a chance on me.

    God used you to help me learn to trust people again and to realize that despite the deep hurt I had experienced that life would go on and that it would be good.

    Our first meeting was a special time for me as well, and I will always remember it. That day, I knew deep inside that God had given me a very special gift.

    I treasure yours and Dana’s friendship more than you will ever know. I wish you well in your journey!

    With Much Love,
    Debbie Cleghorn

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