7 Lessons for Building Powerful Networking Communities. Scott Gerber and Ryan Paugh, the duo behind some of America’s most successful communities for business professionals, are on a mission to take community management to the next level -- and are proving that their concierge-level approach could mean the end for old-school professional organizations. Since Gerber and Paugh founded it in 2011, tens of thousands of entrepreneurs have applied to Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invitation-only organization comprised of the world's elite founders and business owners, from almost every industry. With consistently low attrition rates and a member roster that reads like a who’s who in the young professional world, YEC has quickly become one of the elite organizations of its kind. I personally have been a member of this organization for the past couple years and have found it valuable. Related: What's the Best Way to Stay Motivated? 1. Make your community a vetted democracy. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.
It’s the little things that matter. 10 Mega Marketing Trends to Keep Your Eye On. Are you keeping your eye on the latest marketing trends. Members of our small business community have already dissected these upcoming trends and have tips to share. For suggestions on capitalizing off of these major trends, read on. This week’s Small Business Trends community and information roundup has a list of 10 mega marketing trends your business needs to understand.
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