Building an Entrepreneurial Community

With an extra Wednesday this month, I decided to take some time and discuss our eXtension COP expanded use of social media. We envision it as a means of extending and invovling both our COP members as well as other educators, business owners, and community-involved citizens around our focus of “Entrepreneurs and Their Communities.”

Each of us within the community and many outside have questions that need answering. Others in this same group have ideas and answers for those questions. The task is connecting.

There are several ways we can connect. First, since you are seeing this message on our blog, you can respond with your comments or ask questions. And make sure to use a tool that reminds you when new blog posts come in.

As part of our social media efforts, we also have a Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/eXtensionentrepreneurs . This is another spot where you can connect with others.

And of course we have our eXtension website – http://www.extension.org/entrepreneurship. This includes the Ask an Expert section as well as a variety of articles and other resources.

The key to our growth and ability to help business owners and communities is in the power of networking. That is why it is important for you to become involved directly as well as making others aware of the activity and inviting them. And remember it takes approximately 7-10 invites before someone will take action. We need to keep this in front of our intended audience.

Well, thanks for listening to my pitch and pep talk. Stop by each Wednesday next month when the topic will provide thoughts around being online and social media. And don’t forget that on Friday our Facebook page will also post thoughts on that topic.

Join us. Each of you have something to share.

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About gmuske

Glenn Muske believes in rural, small businesses as the cornerstone of a strong economy. His current efforts, as his own boss, focuses on helping those business owner achieving success. Previously, he did this for North Dakota State University Extension Service and Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service.

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