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TEAM-THINK RESPONSES: hiring and developing your client base

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Team-ThinkOur September Networking@Noon event featured a Team-Think activity, inviting our attendees to collaborate with their table-mates to think of new and innovative solutions to everyday business questions. Below are some of the responses that our members came up with that day.

Question:  When you are a fairly new business but know that you need to hire someone to bring you to the next level, what strategies do you use to get to this level when funds are not available or you don’t have the disposable dollars to put toward this.  Do you wait it out or barter services? 

Response

  • Look for Student volunteers from High School.
  • Utilize resources such as Chamber, SBC, School Co-op programs, work study, subsidized/apprenticeship programs.
  • Automate systems to streamline.
  • Contract work/Outsource per project.
  • Community partnerships.
  • Look for Investors.
  • Promise something in future (i.e. % of Business).
  • Get the word out on what you need, go outside your comfort zone, research internet, ask people “who do you know.
    Speak to the Chamber for advocacy, look into grants, seed money.
  • Attend networking opportunities as many different types of business build relationships through networking.

Question: In this anti-spam, “do-not-call” list World we live in, how do we build our client base and obtain new sales?

Response:

  • Canvassing door to door with business cards, pamphlets, shaking hands and talking about the business face to face.
  • Cold calling, however, canvassing yields better results.
  • Networking organizations for face to face networking.
  • Networking through Chamber events and other events.
  • Referrals.
  • Facebook and other social media.
  • Email, but make sure to get permission.
  • Drop off packages.
  • Good advertising, making sure you can be found on Google.  Develop a good marketing plan.

Interested in participating in activities like this?

Consider attending a Networking@Noon event in the coming months - the food is delicious, the atmosphere is cozy, and the networking will help build strong business relationships. Please click here for more details.




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