BNI Pittsburgh in 2018

BNI Pittsburgh

Our dream for BNI in Pittsburgh for 2018

BNI  Pittsburgh 2018 – We want BNI in Western PA to become multigenerational. Pittsburgh is one of the youngest cities in the United States, we have a great new business community that has formed in many areas of the city and the surrounding suburbs. Areas like Lawrenceville, East Liberty, the Strip District, Milleville, Cranberry, Southpointe, the west end, Carnegie and on and on are booming with new small businesses many owned by the newest generation of entrepreneurs.

Some of these businesses are being formed by the children, nieces, nephews of existing BNI members. But we know that many of these small business owners are the first members of their family to establish a new business and we would love for these new entrepreneurs to discover the referral system that is the foundation of BNI in western Pennsylvania and especially in Pittsburgh itself.

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Business consulting services to consider in 2018

Are you using business consulting services? Most small business owners are good at the technical aspects of delivering their business products and services.  This is true of marketing professionals that can develop marketing materials, lawyers who are great in the courtroom or in creating contracts, doctors who love to heal people and so on.  Michael Gerber, the expert on small business and the author of the E-myth is fond of saying that most small business owners are technicians who got caught up in an entrepreneurial seizure and started a business.  But most small business owners are just plain bad at many of the mechanism of running their own business.

Today, we are going to take a look at things that small business owners try to do for themselves and often times end up wasting the time that they could be spending on business development or delivering the awesome products and services that they have created on items that someone else could do for them.

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Small Business Owners wanted

small business owners

The 4 R’s of growing your Pittsburgh based business in 2018

For those of us that grew up in the last century, the Three R’s were fundamental to our success in life – “Reading – wRiting and aRithmetic. In today’s spell checking world, we could not get away with such poetic license.  But these foundational items did turn out to be essential to leading a successful life.

Just as begin able to read, write and do basic math is foundational in life, some elements are important to business owners.  Four of these items – Reputation, Reviews, Referrals and repeat sales are the topic of this weeks guest blog entry.

My name is Frederick Geiger and I am presenting a series of seminars to help our forming chapters get their groups formed.  I do this in my role of Area Director for BNI in Western PA. I have come to this “calling” of sorts by working with small business owners over the last six years in the Pittsburgh area.  In my work with them on how to grow their small business, I have witnessed all manner of things that were “supposed” to grow a business instantly. I suspect that most small business owners are necessarily skeptical of these claims and are frustrated with how to market their business in these ever-changing times.

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