I have just returned from the Business Entrepreneur and Investor Seminar (affectionately referred to by the attendees as the B&P -or Beer and Pancakes) annual meet-up that I attend each year at this time of year. Once again, it was time well spent. I cannot believe the amount of information and networking that an event such as this can provide an individual. I learned a ton of new and applicable information and hopefully I was, at the same time, able to share some of my knowledge with some of the other attendees.
One of the most valuable benefits that I take away from these business gatherings is the information that I am able to apply toward my still (and always) growing business. Here is a tidbit of of the information I can share as some examples.
I have found a resource to a relatively new product that will allow me to drastically increase the speed of my MacBook and no longer be restricted to a hard drive and moving parts.
I know what it takes to build a FaceBook Ad campaign and how that ad can best benefit my business.
I learned how to build and create my own business credit line.
I have been given tools to approach product and services pricing from the psychological veiw point of my clients. Did you know that pricing that ends in a 9 is far more likely to convert than pricing that ends in a 6?
I learned about e-commerce stores and how to move an e-commerce product into the position of gaining profit and at the same time reduce my costs.
I was introduced to the concept that by reducing my productivity slightly in one company by allowing someone else to do what I have been doing allows my new company to make up for and exceed the overall productivity of the combined companies. In other words, having 2 companies working at a slightly less than (but at an acceptable) productive rate yields a better return than one company working optimally.
There were even more fascinating presentations containing priceless and useful information that I can use in my own business and share with my clients to help their businesses be more successful. I am grateful to be part of the business entrepreneur group and already excited for next year’s event. You can get involved with this group by participating in the fastlane forum and start by introducing yourself and contributing there. And if you want to see what others gained from their experience check out this thread about the event on the forum: 2011B&P Impressions