That First Dinner

I met my fiancé on a dating website. Even before we met face-to-face, I knew his business was struggling. As I contemplated his suggestion that we meet in-person, I became anxious. I was eager to see if he was as fascinating in the flesh as he was during our online conversations, but I didn’t want to get roped into extending a business loan to someone I barely knew.

Since he had shared the name of his business with me already and I had yet to share a picture of myself, I visited his shop the day we’d agreed to meet for the first time unconcerned about being recognized. As I wandered the aisles, I quickly became confused by the shop’s lack of visitors.

Bypassing all introductory small talk when we met for our first dinner together hours later, I listened as my fiancé described the problems that were plaguing his fledgling enterprise. I told him about the obstacles my childhood friend had faced while getting her own business off the ground. I also described to him how she’d overcome them by using a Manchester SEO service and advised him to get in touch with one as soon as possible.

That fateful dinner was three years ago. My fiancé now has three stores and he employs more than 120 people, including me. While I’ve enjoyed each date I’ve had with my fiancé, that first dinner is the one that changed our personal and professional lives for the better…forever.