We caught up with this year’s Small Business Person of the Year to see how the Philadelphia business community has contributed to his success.  Check out what Steve Wildemann, President and Owner of Advanced Staging Productions has to say as we highlight one of the excellent small businesses that drives the Greater Philadelphia region. Join us to celebrate the 35th Annual Excellence Award winners on Thursday, November 9.

Describe the moment that you decided to go into business for yourself. How did you feel once you made the decision?

I had worked for Paul Grafinger at Advanced Audio Visual for nine years when he made me a limited partner in 1997.  It was exciting to have a “piece of the pie” but my workload and outlook did not change all that much.  I was still running things, working long hours and managing the team, but now I was in charge of revenue generation, too!  Fast forward 15 successful years of steady growth and Paul was ready to sell the company.  After seeing some of the offers we received and realizing what my future as a limited p