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Business Acceleration Event

"Book, Video, Handbook, Coaching Series - Create Your Business 'Stuff' Working Session"
Tues, October 24th
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"Business is Good" Friday Networking Lunch

Friday, 10/6
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11:30 - 1pm
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New Member Orientation & Speed Networking

Meet other new members and learn how to use the network's resources to Think, Give, Grow BIG.
Wed, June 21
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    The BIG Philosophy

    We support the businesses in the BIG Network to share their unique gifts more effectively, to have a positive impact in their communities and support their personal philanthropic causes, and to use technology to share their expertise, knowledge, and skills to more widely solve problems, fill educational gaps, and inspire/empower/support people everywhere.

    We believe that...
    1. Business is Good when businesses share their unique gifts.
    2. Business is Good when businesses care about their customers/clients.
    3. Business is Good when businesses think creatively.
    4. Business is Good when businesses partner with each other to solve problems.
    5. Business is Good when businesses give big in their communities.
    6. Business is Good when businesses teach/give/share their expertise.

    BIG Business Strategies and Resources

    We work to help our BIG Businesses take advantage of strategies and resources to THINK BIG, GIVE BIG, and GROW BIG.
    • The "Your Customer is Your Client" Approach.
    • Effective networking
    • Grow a more effective business network to serve more customers/clients.
    • Help support businesses in your community networks.
    • Help serve your clients in different, better ways.
    • Refining your intake and support process to better serve customers.
    • Collecting and sharing client success stories
    • Customizing your products/services for customer types
    • Providing customer with support materials
    • Connecting customers to your trusted advisor network
    • Sharing your expertise with your customers
    • Using video to educate/support your clients.
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    This SmallBusinessNova feature is not completely "Ready for Prime Time" Yet. Should be done by Jan 2nd! Check back to learn how to be a hero in your community!

    Network with businesses who are members of your church, neighbors in your community, boosters of your local school, or parents in your kid's school's PTA. Add yourself to your local directory and network today!

    Profile Information

    Enter the information about your org in the fields below and we'll create a start up Directory for your org. You can then decide HOW to start using it to FRIEND/FUNDraise to support your students.

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    4. Email Frazier ( to let me know that you're the representative of your church, org, civic association.
    5. Share the link with your members..
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    We do not collect money for the but you can make a pledge here and it will be linked with you/your company on our "Business Is Good" directory and a notification will be sent to the org contact for you to connect with.
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    BIG Superhero Challenge

    Remember, Business is Good when Business is Good. You're going to be able to supercharge your business by being a leader in your current live/work/play communities.

    The goal is to help the people with businesses in your neighborhood, your church, your school PTA, and any other local spheres of influence to connect with you and each other in a way that will enrich you all AND create some value for your community.
    1. Find out whether there is a BIG network Partner in your community (or become one!)
    2. Activate the directory for the community and add yourself to it.
    3. Send the link to one or two people in your community that you know have businesses.
    4. Post the link to the appropriate social media. (NextDoor, Alignable, Facebook, Meetup)

    BIG Bonuses

    We want to support and thank you for helping us grow the BIG Network and impact our communities. We made a list of what we think that you want/need as businesses thinking big:
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    And then we've put together the resources/tools/opportunities that we thought would be the most helpful.
    You can purchase these outright OR you can earn them by helping grow the network, either by helping businesses connect or sponsoring scholarships.

    Pre-Orientation Checklist

    You don't HAVE to do any of these things PRIOR to our BIG orientation but you'll get more out of the orientation if you do any or all of these things.

    New Member Orientation (online)

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    11:00 - 11:05 Meet and Greet, Member Recognition, & Business Support
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    New Articles: 5
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    Article Shares: 5
    Article Share Views: 5
    Profile Visits: 805
    Community Hubs: 165
    New Community Hubs: 8

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    Top Scholarships Shared: Lisa Shaughnessy
    Top Invites: Elaine O'Malley
    Top Endorser: Mario Herrera
    Top Endorsed: Dan Rochon
    Top Event Networker: Geoff Griffith
    Top Article Shares: Jennifer Hammer
    Top Article Views: Darren Marquardt

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    Local Business Invests in Young Entrepreneurs

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    ______ helped support the new Fort Hunt Kid Biz Venture Capital Fund to support young businesses. During a weekly Business Networking event, local businesses become "angel investors" for a new Venture Capital/Micro Loan fund to support young entrepreneurs in the neighborhood.

    "Whatever we can do to help ecnoruage and support young people in pursuing their interests, I want to do", (YOUR NAME HERE) of (YOUR COMPANY HERE) said.

    For More Infomation, Contact:
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    Programs That Your BIG Partnership Supports & Where You can Choose To Get Exposure


    KidBiz Venture Capital Fund Angel Investor List

    Total Invested: $100 - Total Distributed in Grants: $35
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    • Dr. Curtis Margerum, Alexandria Back and Neck Center ($10)
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    100% of Angel Investor Funds go to investment/ grants/ microloans for young businesses
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    • Business Introductions
    • Exposure (Business Card, Photo, Logo) at Weekly Accelerator & Networking Lunches
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    • Included on Power Point as BIG Supporting Member
    • Added to Supporter List on Calendar Events
    • Opportunity to sponsor Business or Community Networking Programs or Publications
    • Discounted advertising/sponsorship
    • One month of complimentary Accelerator attendance
    • Opportunity to record Green Screen Networking Introduction Video
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    I need an introduction to the Manager or Sales Manager of a local Harley-Davidson dealership, either Patriot in Fairfax or Bull Run Harley in Manassas.

    There are also dealerships in PG County but would prefer Fairfax or Manassas.

    I want to conduct a photo shoot for the cover of a client's upcoming book, Riding QuickBooks to The Promised Land, which will feature him astride a Big Hog.

    In return for the dealer's participation, I will publish a press release and also produce the book launch event at their dealership with lots of publicity support.

    Thanks for everyone's help!

    Frank Felker


    Who do you know that is a real estate agent that I should be talking to right now about an opportunity with the Greetings Virginia Sales Network?

    I just hired 2 more Inside Sales Agents (each with a huge record of success) that will start on Dec 1 and then our team will then have 5 high performance ISAs setting 75% of our agent's appointments.

    We are generating more opportunity than we can handle.

    BTW: we also have a full service operations department that allows for our agents (on the team) to never have to write an offer, attend a home inspection, walk through, or closing (unless they choose to), and we offer 4 client appreciation events each year for our agents to invite their sphere of influence to and more...
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    Co-sponsored by Jenn Hammer, Legacy Navigator
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    There is more than one way to refer business to your business partners.

    One GREAT way is to share your partners content with your list.

    We are all looking for ways to stay in front of our list - our customers, our social media - and if you can share HIGH QUALITY content from your trusted business partners, all the better. And they feel the same way.

    So, here's the deal:

    Make sure that you're publishing high quality, high-interest content (articles, videos) in your area of expertise and letting your business partners know that there is content available to share.

    And encourage your partners to do the same.

    And if you are looking for new business partners to fill some of your Trusted Partners slots, check out the content that's been provided.

    If you find someone whose stuff you like, reach out to them and consider inviting them to become part of your Business Partner/Referral Group.
    This is the easiest place to start. Add an article or a video that shares some of your expertise. If you'd like ideas for content ideas, click here (coming soon). And then make sure that your business partners know that you WANT them to share your content in any of the following locations:
    • On their web site
    • On their blog
    • As part of their "New Customer" welcome package
    • Regular email touches with their list
    • On their Facebook wall
    • In their customer newsletter
    Invite your business partners to register on the site and add content. Make sure that you've added them to your Trusted Partners list (by clicking the sign next to their profile) - that will add them to your Trusted Partners directory.
    If you find an article on the site that you like and would like to share with your list (check out ideas for sharing), you can create a customized link which will take them to a personalized page that lets your visitor read the article but that will keep them in your business's forum.

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    Can you make your investments less 'Taxing'?

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    Strategies for making your investment less taxing
    Tax Freedom Day, which typically occurs in late April, according to the Tax Foundation, is the day when the nation as a whole has earned enough money to pay off its total tax bill for the year. So you may want to use this opportunity to determine if you can liberate yourself from some investment-related taxes in the future. 

    Actually, Tax Freedom Day is some- thing of a fiction, in practical terms, because most people pay their taxes throughout the year via payroll deductions. Also, you may not mind paying your share of taxes, because your tax dollars are used in many ways – such as law enforcement, food safety, road maintenance, public education, and so on – that, taken together, have a big impact on the quality of life in this country. 

    Still, you may want to look for ways to reduce those taxes associated with your investments, leaving you more money available to meet your important goals, such as a comfortable retirement. So, what moves can you make to become more of a “tax-smart” investor? 
    Consider the following: 
    • Know when to hold ’em.
      If you sell an investment that you’ve held for less than one year, any profit you earn is considered a short-term capital gain, and it will be taxed at the same rate as your ordinary income. (For 2016, ordinary income tax rates range from 10% to 39.6%.) But if you hold the investment for longer than one year, your profit will be taxed at the long-term capital gains rate, which, for most taxpayers, will be just 15%. If at all possible, then, hold your investments at least long enough to qualify for the lower capital gains rate. 
    •  Look for the dividends.
      Similar to long-term capital gains, most stock dividends are taxed at 15% for most taxpayers. Thus, dividend-paying stocks can provide you with an additional source of income at a tax rate that’s likely going to be lower than the rate on your ordinary earned income. As an added benefit, many dividend-paying stocks also offer growth potential. With some research, you can find stocks that have paid, and even increased, their dividends over a period of many years. (Be aware, though, that companies are not obligated to pay dividends and can reduce or discontinue them at their discretion.) 
    • Use those tax-advantaged accounts.
      Virtually all retirement accounts available to you, whether you’ve set them up yourself or they’re made available by your employer, offer some type of tax advantage. With a traditional IRA, or a 401(k) or similar employer-sponsored retirement plan, your contributions are typically tax-deductible and your earnings can grow tax deferred. Contributions to a Roth IRA, or a Roth 401(k), are never deductible, but earnings can grow tax free, provided you meet certain conditions. 
    The bottom line? 

    Contribute as much as you can afford to the tax-advantaged plans to which you have access. 

    Tax Freedom Day is here and then it’s gone. But by making some tax-smart investment decisions, you might reap some benefits for years to come.

     This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor. Edward Jones, its employees and financial advisors cannot provide tax or legal advice. 

    You should consult your attorney or quali- fied tax advisor regarding your situation.
    Joe Mjelde
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