So, with all this talk of "stimulus plans" and "bail-outs" - many small businesses are wondering how will these plans help them? I mean, small businesses are the keystone of our economy...there's got to be something for us, right?
Wrong! Even though small businesses employ almost 90% of Americans - it seems as if we are last on the todem pole when it comes to help from the government. And I know that Obama is aware of the situation and knows that he needs to help small businesses survive; but at the same time, he's got so many other fires to put out that it could be awhile before small businesses see their own stimulus plan.
So, we have decided that it is time to take matters into our own hands! We are entrepreneurs and know how to take control of our lives and businesses, and now it is time to do just that!
So, what do ALL small businesses need right now? More business! And what's the quickest and cheapest way to get it right now? Referrals!
This is why Duct Tape Marketing is sponsporing the "Make-A-Referral Week". The goal of the event is to generate 1000 referrals for 1000 deserving businesses. It is just one tiny effort to make a dent in this recession and shine a light on the efforts and impact of one small business helping another.
During the week, the site will be taken over by guest contributions and audio interviews with folks like Andy Sernovitz, Guy Kawasaki, Pam Slim, Rich Sloan, Anita Campbell, Scott Ginsburg, Michael Port and Jill Knorath all focused on telling you how to generate more business by way of referral.
The kick-off event is next Tuesday, March 10th, at 1pm MST. It is a live web conference with Bob Burg, author of the Go-Giver, Ivan Misner, founder of BNI and Bill Cates, author of Get More Referrals Now. This is the A-team when it comes to teaching the strategies of referrals!
To register for this event, click here: http://cts.vresp.com/c/?DuctTapeMarketing/a08acad9f3/200acdb0a4/9ac50b630a
To do your part:
1) Think about the referrals you are going to make
2) Make your referrals
3) Visit the Make a Referral Week Referral Counter page and tell us who you referred and why in the comments. http://cts.vresp.com/c/?DuctTapeMarketing/a08acad9f3/200acdb0a4/25fe77f214
4) Take in all the great educational content all week
5) Bask in the glow of small business coolness!
Hope to see you take part in this important event!
-Troy Braithwaite, Utah's Authorized Duct Tape Marketing Coach
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