How do you thank someone for changing their lives? Because of your entrepreneurial education classes that we took, we were able to sell our business for millions of dollars, instead of being out of business and working at jobs.
In case you didn't know, we sold our company, Horizon Payroll Services Inc., on March 30, 2007. The best part of the sale is that Horizon will stay in Dayton, and continue to grow and benefit the Dayton community after we eventually leave the business.
It was the help and guidance through the years of people like Bill Matthews and Dave Sullivan that lead to the success of our company. According to Bill and Dave, we made one of the sweetest deals that they have ever seen. Yes, I know we did the work, but we could always rely on them to help with questions and issues that came up. It was a standard joke that Dave's goal in our board meetings was to make me (Marilynne) cry. If he didn't, he was not doing his job.
When I took your first entrepreneurial class in 1998, our gross annual sales were $25,000. In 2006, our sales were at $1.1 Million and are continuing to grow. There is no adequate way for us to express our gratitude for your generosity to both us and the Dayton community. Dayton is very lucky to have someone like you there to help business owners achieve their dreams.
Now that we have achieved our American Dream, we would both be honored if there is ever any way that we could support Aileron to help small businesses.
To you, Aileron, Dave and Bill- Thank you - Thank you - Thank you!
Marilynne & Alan Saliwanchik
Horizon Payroll Services, Inc.