Speaking during Saturday’s event, Oates expressed gratitude to the community and spoke of the pair’s faith.
“We were thinking about making a thank-you speech but never actually thought the moment would come,” he said Saturday. “… In all seriousness, Proverbs 22:17 [says], ‘As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.’ We hope tonight that as we leave here in the community that we are a reflection and that when you see us you understand that many of you here have raised us not only as business people but as children.”
In 1997, the pair of eighth-graders was approached to develop a closed-circuit TV show to deliver the school’s morning announcements. It would be the beginning of something great.
The opportunity led to increased exposure in high school. Within six months of graduation, The TC Show had booked its first official event. In the 10 years that followed, the business grew from 12 events in 2002 to more than 200 in 2012.
Oates said when the business launched, the duo outlined a list of goals, including creating jobs, becoming a household name and following in their fathers’ footsteps.
Today, Oates said, the pair has adjusted their goals to keep up with a thriving business.
“The TC Show extended our service area to numerous clients, from the beaches of South Georgia to the mountains of North Georgia. The TC Show is continually expanding our service area, meeting the goal of becoming a local name and still working to become a national name,” he said Monday. “We added three part-time positions, and while our workweeks reflect full-time hours, we are still working towards creating full-time positions.”
The increase in business is a silent reminder for Shinall and Oates they are successfully exceeding the expectations of clients.
“We have been entrusted to participate in numerous community events. In fact, as a company in 2012, we were blessed with the opportunity to serve not only the Cartersville-Bartow County communities but surrounding communities as well,” Oates said. “Our involvement last year included participating in 36 community organizations, serving in multiple overseas and in-country mission trips, giving two college scholarships to graduating seniors, and providing over 115 hours of entertainment, which resulted in the raising of almost $1.5 million dollars for non-profit organizations.”
But, through it all, “we continue to honor our fathers,” he added.
The connection the two share has grown over the years and has proved beneficial outside their professional arrangement.
“Being best friends for nearly 30 years and business partners for over 10, our partnership has been through its own ups and downs — as does any partnership. Overall, our friendship has definitely grown stronger,” Oates said. “On a daily basis, we have to successfully communicate, be considerate of one another and respect each other’s different ideas. In many ways, our unique relationship of friendship and partnership has strengthened our marriages, which we are forever grateful for.”
Currently employing seven people, The TC Show averages four events per week. Oates said the opportunity to work with their staff and the community is a highlight for the entrepreneurs.
“As business owners, we have the opportunity to lead our staff and serve our community with wisdom, knowledge and talents,” he said “As a party professional, [the best part of the job is] having the opportunity to serve, being able to collaboratively assist our clients by combining our talents and state of the art equipment to exceed their expectations.”
For those considering beginning their own business, Oates provided the following advice:
“Count the costs. Reflect on Luke 14:28, ‘But don't begin until you have count the cost. For who begins construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it?’ Do this by creating a mission statement and developing a vision for how you will accomplish your mission. Are you willing to sacrifice the time from your family, friends and hobbies for extended work hours without overnight success? Is your business designed to serve 100 percent of the population or is it designed to give the population 100 percent service?
“Consider your calling. Remember 1 Peter 4:10, ‘As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace.’ Ask yourself, has God called me to do this? Has he created in me the talents necessary to complete the journey? If you personally don't possess all the talents, has God surrounded you with someone who can strengthen your weaknesses?
“Network. Live by Proverbs 13:20, ‘He who walks with the wise grows wise … .’ Surround yourself with other industry professionals and successful business men and women. Establish yourself on the truth taught in Proverbs 27:17, ‘As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.’ Learn from both their successes and their shortcomings.”
Calling the Small Business of the Year award an opportunity for higher leadership, Oates said The TC Show is ready to step into that role.
“Being named Small Business of The Year 2012 takes the cake. We have performed for crowds larger than 12,000 people, worked with numerous Fortune 500 companies and weekly create wedding memories that will last a lifetime. However, it is a true blessing to be recognized for more than just what The TC Show does and who we provide services for but to be acknowledged for all that The TC Show stands for is the most memorable moment yet,” he said. “…We are ready to accept the calling of a higher leadership role and are excited and honored to be entrusted to represent the Cartersville-Bartow County community. We look forward to our company continuing to be a reflection of the leadership that has gone before us.”
The TC Show may be found online at www.thetcshow.com, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/THETCSHOW or Twitter at https://twitter.com/thetcshow. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 770-652-4090.
The TC Show is currently looking to add to its staff. If interested, send a letter of interest to email@example.com.