Sunday, November 8, 2009

Work Together

I was a little ticked off.

I've been building my business in my local community for about three years now. I've gone to meetings, events, homes and set up my table. I've shared information, talked about products, took a lot of names and numbers.

I thought by now everyone would know who I am. Deb Brown, Melaleuca marketing executive.

Apparently not. There were three events in town this weekend, and I was invited to only one of them. I thought people knew who I am! I mean, I've been to other events with some of these people!

It's interesting working in a small community. We all think we know each other. Sometimes our businesses conflict. Most of the time the entrepreneurial small businesses compliment one another. Why don't we work together?

Then it dawned on me. I play a part in this too! Instead of bitching I can be making phone calls. This week I'm going to call all the small businesses I know of, introduce myself and see what we can do for each other.

Be a part of the solution, instead of a part of the problem.


Grant Griffiths said...

Deb - Don't feel bad they don't know you. We live in a town of 5000 and the county needed to redo their web presence. Instead of checking with local companies or even letting us know, they hired an out of town web design company to do the site and paid them 5 times what we would have charged them.

I guess the old saying is true. If we had lived further away, we would have been experts.

Patrick Palmer said...

I would not feel bad about not being invited to "The Club." Why would they want you one day, then not the next. I want to be wanted 100% of the time, not just when it profits them. Head up, old chum.

Deb Brown said...

Thanks Grant - there are moments when you think you're losing your mind, aren't there? I say we just keep keeping on, talking the talk and walking the walk. And here's hoping some towns further away from you contact you. You really are the experts!

Deb Brown said...

Pat -
it's all a part of the politics of a community, isn't it? I know that I want to use your services 100% of the time! and that I support your efforts just like you support mine. Keep on rockin' it my friend.