Virtual Trade Shows: The New Networking Forum for Small Business
Trade shows - you know what they are, a major element in business development and networking. Whether they be community events sponsored by the local chamber of commerce, or national events sponsored by an national professional/trade association; any business attempting to gain new customers is going to participate in some way.Some companies feel it's imperative to have a booth, others want to attend the educational seminars (or present at them), still others would rather 'make the rounds' and do extensive networking.One thing they all have in common is cost, including: booth rental, display development, staffing, travel costs such as hotel & airlines, and all the materials to distribute - frankly the list can be endless. And recent studies have shown - not necessarily productive enough to be worth all that time and expense, particularly in today's economy.So what options does a small business have? It turns out, more than you might think! Welcome to the world of VIRTUAL TRADE SHOWS. Our panel of industry experts, including: 6Connex CEO, Kevin Carbone; Unisfair VP of Channels, Brent Arslaner; and InXpo Executive VP/Co-founder, Rich Hawkinson will educate us on how virtual trade shows work, what they cost to host and/or participate in, how to maximize their benefit, who's doing it, and how your company can get involved. Learn how your small business can put this technology to work for your company!
25 Aug 2009
Franchising & Social Media: Integrated To Improve The Bottom Line
You've heard the talk about them: Twitter, FaceBook, LinkedIN, MySpace, blogs and many other social media opportunities. Or maybe you've even participated yourself on a personal level. But have you thought about the benefit that these incredible tools can bring to you as a franchisor - and to your franchisees? Listen in as Franchising Expert, Paul Segreto of FranchisEssentials discusses the multitude of ways that the franchising community can embrace and utilize social media to increase bottom line profitability at all levels.
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What are Investors Looking for in a Business Plan, and How Do I Find Them?
Does your company need investment capital to expand? Are you currently searching for investors? How do you know you're ready? What will it take to qualify. How do you find potential investors? Our panel of experts will walk you thru the process from A to Z to help you determine if outside investors are an option for your company. Our expert panel includes: Sheri Orlowitz, Principal at SLOCO Consulting Group; and David Bloom, Principal at Capital Idea Group;
28 Apr 2009
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