Networking in 2012: How To Grow From Wimp to Warrior In 6 Easy Steps

February is our Warrior Networking month! Learn how to apply last year's lessons and failures to this year's networking plan. So, how exactly, do you apply what you've learned to propel you ahead of the competition? Read on... Step 1: Move from general to specific You’ve got your elevator speech prepared and perfectly rehearsed. At the end of your elevator speech, list three specific … [Read more...]

Stay Memorable When You Network: 15 Sensational Ideas

We know that preparing for a networking event is important.  Cincinnati’s full of regular groups that encourage the same routine:  write an elevator speech, make it no longer than 30 seconds and practice, practice, practice. But let’s be honest:  there’s nothing encourages your ears to tune out and a yawn to creep up more than the same repeated elevator speech week after week. Not that practice … [Read more...]

Network Like A Warrior: Tom’s Three Things

Tom Lunney, one of our top advisors here at American Small Business Centers, is one networking warrior some of you may know personally.  For those of you who don't know:  Tom's not a "sugar coat and top it with a cherry" kind of guy. His 20+ years of experience may be unknown to many of us, but this gentle giant is bound and determined to tell it like it is. After our Quarterly Matchmaking event … [Read more...]

Network Like A Warrior: How To Choose The Best Cincinnati Networking Event To Attend

February is Warrior Networking month and much like the famous generals and leaders of wars fought before us, choosing the best networking event to attend is like preparing for battle: Choosing the right battle plan and grounds can win you a sweet victory. Choosing the wrong tools and underestimating your environment can lead you to defeat. Your selection of networking circles and groups is one … [Read more...]

Using Tablets For A Small Business: Is It Worth It?

  In terms of using today’s technology to simplify our lives, integrate our communication and grow our small business, the application of these tools directly correlates to our success. As any small business owner or entrepreneur knows, sometimes the bulk of our day is spent doing administrative tasks. Note-taking, invoicing, organizing, bookkeeping, responding to emails and managing our … [Read more...]

Top 5 Most Common Lead-Generating Mistakes Of 2011

From poor calls-to-action to message blunders, we take a look how business owners failed to generate leads in 2011 and how you can learn from their costly mistakes. … [Read more...]

What Small Businesses Should Know About Customer Needs In 2012

As all small business owners (27 million of us) leave the foolish choices of our past behind, we look forward to the future of launching new ideas, promising profitability and finally enjoying the fruits of our labor. But as any small business owner knows, each year involves the most changes, challenges and setbacks than most of us would like to admit. We know it's not the low points that define … [Read more...]