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Small businesses play a critical role in maintaining a thriving local economy. Our Small Business United partners are an important, growing family of donors, who are vital to helping us meet the needs of our community. Every month, we will feature a small business partner in this SPOTLIGHT section of the newsletter. Introducing The Other Guys, Inc. & owner, Craig Holt.

1. What is your business and business philosophy?

I am the owner of The Other Guys, Inc - an IT Service Company that has been serving the Olympia - Lacey -Tumwater area since 1993. My business philosophy is simple: Take care of the customer better than they expect - exceed their expectations and they will take care of you.

2. Why are you passionate about your commitment to the United Way's Community Investment Fund?

I know that when I give through the Community Investment fund, my money stays in Thurston County. I am a huge advocate of supporting local organizations to help our local economy - and United Way is the best steward of my money in that regard-people giving what they can to help their neighbors. That really hits home for me, to share in the gifts and blessings I have received in my life. Pay it forward.

3. Tell us something interesting or surprising about you!

I play violin alongside my mother in the Tumwater Parks Community Orchestra.

4. What would you say to your younger self?

Life is going to be amazing, so enjoy the journey.

5.  What is your favorite quote?

Attitude is Everything. Pick a Good One!

Learn more about The Other Guys here.

Learn more about Small Business United here.