A recent article in the Dayton Business Journal featured two SBDC’s in the Dayton region. Pat Newcomb from the Entrepreneur’s Center and Earl Gregorich from Wright State University collaborated to provide insight on marketing strategies with traditional and social media. Check out the full DBJ story.
There are several networking opportunities in the Dayton area for small business owners to take part in. While we don’t endorse any one of these events, don’t be surprised if you show up and see an SBDC counselor in the crowd. If you do, be sure to stop us and say hello! (Have a networking event you would like to add? Send it to us.)
The Association of Small Business Development Centers has partnered with Braddock Communications, Inc. and published the book ‘Braddock’s Procurement Guide 2013: An Entrepreneurs Guide to Selling to Governments and Corporations”. This book provides an overview of the government and corporate marketplace, with insight on the inner workings on how the decisions are made. The book also includes the following topics…
• Selling to the Federal Government/State Governments
• Selling to Large Corporations
• Selling to Foreign Governments and International Organizations
• “Green” Procurement
• Special Resources for Women-, Minority-, or Veteran-Owned Businesses
And thanks to the Microsoft Corporation, this guide is available to all SBDC directors and their clients at no cost. For a copy of this must-have guide, talk to your local SBDC Director or visit http://www.asbdc-us.org/BraddockProcOppsGuide.html
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Here at the SBDC, we have many opportunities to network with our clients and fellow resource providers. Many of our clients have been open with the fact that they find networking very difficult and sometimes downright unproductive. Whether you like it or not, networking is a fact of being in business and you have to learn to “work a room” effectively. Not everyone will be a pro but you should strive to feel comfortable joining a conversation and learning about others in your business circles.
We have put together a one page guide that summarizes some of the best-practices of networking that we have come across. Download and customize it to suit your networking needs then get out there and practice, practice, practice!
Here are some online articles we used to help pull our guide together:
Business Networking Tips and Techniques – Great checklist and elevator speech guide.
How to Network Successfully – A quick read on some of the basics.
The Real Secret to Successful Networking – Great instruction on developing the leads from networking.