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Progress Just Feels Good

Posted By Melissa V. Moreno J.D., Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Hello!

We were NOT rained out for the Job & Internship so our launch was "official" April 27.  We are finalizing our marketing plan to implement this summer and beginning of fall semester  to hopefully giet the bizConnect site some traction and get students signing up in the fall.

Since we last blogged, I have had two incredible meetings.  One, to engage Lorrie Thomas,  web marketing expert, to produce 10 new workshops for bizConnect members.  She has agreed!  We are busy putting together a plan, subject matter, and will have those completed during the summer.  She is very excited and if you don't know her, she is a very successful and popular speaker and will bring a wide audience to our site on popular social media marketing topics, such as online marketing, affiliate marketing, top 5 social media tools,etc.

Second, we met with the President of the SB Chamber of Commerce.  We are working with them on a separate project:  creating a microloan fund (fall launch) for students to accelerate their business or concept.  We want to link students with mentors throughout the loan and spending process.  Steve (the President of the Chamber) was talking about how he wanted to build a website of local business experts as mentors - but it never happened.  He said every mentor he asked to volunteer said yes, but it never got done.  So I told him about South Coast BizConnect (for the third time actually - but never had his focused attention).  He LOVED it, and we are in talks to give the Chamber some ownership, and link it to the Mentor portion of the loan program.  This is huge for us!  If we get the chamber's buy in, then we will truly have a community resource.

Thanks for your support.

Melissa


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