Guest post by Craig Staley, Verizon's small business digital communications specialist.
Last year, we interviewed 1,500 small business owners, like you, in an attempt to better understand what impacted your world on a daily basis. One of the themes that seemed to resonate with most owners was the notion of being time-deprived—especially when it comes to finding new customers and growing your business. As a small business owner, you probably spend most of your day interacting with your existing customers: in-person, on the phone, through the mail and over the Internet. That doesn’t leave you with a whole lot of time each day to focus on “how” you’re going to grow your business.
What if Verizon had a solution to help you? What if we could help you to build your network, help you to find new audiences for your products and services, and help you to grow your business?
In our book, that’s what we’d call a “win/win”. And, that’s why we’re excited to introduce our latest tool to help you, our small business community: WeCommerce.
Why should you join? Well, here are just a couple of examples of how the tool can help your small business:
Example 1: Gary owns a website design company. He needs a birthday cake and desserts for his wife's surprise 30th birthday party. Christine owns a bakery two suburbs away from Gary. She needs a new logo designed, and help updating her 3-year old website. After finding each other on WeCommerce, they're meeting next Monday afternoon to “put the icing on the cake”!
Example 2: Terrie is a party planner extraordinaire, but is always on the lookout for new customers. Mark owns a flower shop and is always busy on the big holidays--but he'd really like his business to bloom by getting into corporate and social events. Christine and Mark found each other on WeCommerce and have been sharing leads ever since. Their balance sheets have never looked rosier!
Now, take a minute. Think about your resource-rich business. Then, imagine thepossibilities for your small business! By promoting your professional skills and services to others, WeCommerce makes it easier for you to partner with other small businesses and to grow your business without sacrificing your bottom line.
While some of the networking ideas you’ll come up with work best if they’re close-by or cross-town, there are other businesses, products and services you might be able to partner with nationwide. The Internet has become a cost-effective venue to showcase your business. Verizon WeCommerce is the no-cost tool to introduce you to other small business owners across the country.
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