Eight NOTA members met at a social networking event to network, share business strategies and dine. NOTA continues to grow and as the Spanish proverb says “El comer y el rascar, todo es empezar/To eat and to scratch one has but to begin.” What a fine way to begin again. We covered the following:
-Kent State’s MA/Ph.D. program and the advantages to meet people from throughout the world.
-Deborah Cordeiro will host a Direct Marketing workshop. Contact Vitaly for more information firstname.lastname@example.org.
-Marketing to agencies.
-Use LinkedIn to contact clients and the need to update your profile and network on a regular basis (blog, other networks). Focus on what will interest our community. If you blog, they will come! If you want to be of interest, you have to expose yourself.
-SCORE provides free online and face-to-face business counseling, mentoring, training and advice for small businesses (developing a business plan, women entrepreneurs, and online workshops). Visit http://www.score.org.
-The best free way to manage your money online, set budgets and help achieve savings goals. Visit http://www.mint.com
-Tax issues and software.
-The advantages of an LLC and perhaps a NOTA workshop to learn more.
-$.51 per mile is the new federal rate for travel.
-Advantages of certification: ATA, NAJIT, State and federal interpreter.
-Encourage members to write articles for NOTA BENE. Contact Natalie Contact Natalie at email@example.com.
-“Effective Use of Social Media” NOTA workshop on Saturday, May 21, 2011. Contact Vitaly firstname.lastname@example.org.
-Increase traffic on NOTA website.
-Congratulations to Deborah Cordeiro, winner of a $10 gift card from Border’s.
-Next NOTA Social Network event in Columbus 4/30/11, 3:00 – 5:00. Contact Natalie at email@example.com.
Although we did not know each other beforehand, every member had a chance to speak. The conversation flew at lightning speed from one subject to another with no stops in between. Everyone walked away content and with a new contact.
See you at the next event.
John P. Shaklee