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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Office of Minority and Women Business expands in Syracuse

The article states:
The City of Syracuse Thursday announced the expansion of the M/WBE Compliance Office with the hiring of Charles Anderson as Minority and Women Business Enterprise Specialist.

Anderson will add outreach services to the M/WBE office, which currently serves as a compliance office for municipal projects throughout the City. The outreach services will enable more constituent services to minority and women owned start up companies wishing to be certified among the city’s directory of businesses.

To read the rest of the article, go here.


Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Article: Women Build Businesses Their Way

This is a good article on the positive impact business incubators have had on women business owners. Although those in this article are structured differently from the South Side Innovation Center, it shows that having a place to meet and learn can be very important. It can mean the difference between success and failure.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Five Tips for Increasing Networking Success

These tips are from Joe Groden of JG Consulting.

Five Tips for Increasing Networking Success
  1. Choose the right groups. Not only those groups that share common interests, but branch out to groups where your target customers participate. In addition, there are networking groups solely formed to refer business to each other.

  2. Set goals. Have a realistic goal for the number of new contacts to make at each meeting/event. Most importantly, set goals for the follow-up to any contact made. This could include setting an appointment or lunch date, a follow-up call or email, or sending out some appropriate information.

  3. Create an intriguing introduction. It should be no longer than 30 seconds, tell what you do and how that benefits the listener. You would have to modify that introduction depending on the contact.

  4. Make a good impression. This is not the time for a sales pitch, or a “life of the party” act, but being you and showing interest will have the most value.

  5. Gather good information. Listen carefully for clue’s regarding the life and interests of the person you are talking with. The real goal is developing a relationship that can have future value.