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Passing Referrals

It's better to give than to receive.  At least that's what I remember my parents saying around Christmas time when I was younger.  And in a lot of situations I agree 100%!  It doesn't mean, however, that you shouldn't also like to receive. 

Prepare For Your 1 on 1

So you joined a networking group... now what?  Well, referrals are not going to happen over night.  Building long term strategic relationships takes time, effort and most importantly trust.  That said, everyone in MyFirestorm is here for the same reason, to grow their network and increase their business.  One of the best ways to nurture your network and get it's full benefit is by doing regular one-on-one meetings.  It's important though that you have a plan.  

2013 Refer A Member Bonus

We are happy to introduce the 2013 Refer-A-Member Bonus program.  As you know growing your chapter is an exciting way to grow your network.  Every new member adds another world of contacts and experiences for you to tap into.  At MyFirestorm, we believe this should be a fun and rewarding process.

Here is how it works:

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Business & Employment Operations Law Changes

From time to time I ask members of MyFirestorm to contribute a guest blog post.  I recently asked Seiler & Associates, PLLC to do so.  Laws pertaining to business and employment operations have been the subject of many recent legislative changes and judicial modifications.  Many have a direct affect on small businesses, including amendments to health care laws, corporate liability, and several employment related laws.  Here are a few of the highlights.

Building Your Business Network

Building your business network takes time, effort and focus.  Just like any other relationship it takes time to build trust.  You can't expect to start networking on Monday and have people giving you business on Tuesday.  There's a process and it's not going to happen overnight.  For some people, building rapport comes easy and the process goes a lot faster and for some people it goes a little slower.  However long it takes though, the end goal is for there to be a mutual feeling that no matter whom you refer, they will be well taken care of.  I sometimes refer to it as "The Mom Test".  If