There are times when your product or service, and your idea are great…but only to you. The real indicator of your offer, is your sales. Who is buying your product? Who loves your service? What market traction are you getting?
People like me who have worked all over and traveled far and wide know one thing. It’s all about execution and then, traction. Ideas are a dime a dozen. (sorry Todd, the self-proclaimed ‘IdeaMan’) But when you live in a smaller community like I do, you struggle for resources and feedback. That is why we at MySalesButler.com are so involved in our community, and trying to empower companies with the internet sales tools they need to grow.
Technology is the driver of economic growth, and using it is key to a business’s survival. Paul Singh, is a successful VC focusing on population centers of less than 300k. He was covered in an article about communities in the MidWest forming tech hubs and the challenges they face. Paul does not mince words, and I like that.
“If anyone is qualified to offer advice to the so called tech hubs blooming across America, it is perhaps Paul Singh, the man who is taking three laps around the country to study how these communities operate and grow.
The venture capitalist, an original partner with 500 Startups who now totes a portfolio of over 1,600 companies globally, got sick of life on an airplane last summer. He sold his car and bought a pick-up truck and a massive 30-foot customized Airstream plastered with the words, “Results Junkies.” And he set off on what he calls the Results Junkies National Tech Tour.
“Tech companies will never create the majority of jobs,” he said. “What happens in the tech enabled sector is — you’re going to have more highly paid people, those people are now buying an extra beer at happy hour, taking family out for meals, movies once a week – all those things are trickling down and creating even more jobs.”
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If we really want to grow our communities, co-working facilities and access to cheap internet are key. But we need more than that. We need business resources, mentors, incubators, shoulders to lean on and access to capital. It’s ‘easy’ to obtain these resources once we have sales, but what do we do once we have those sales? We must guide our business founders to reach out beyond their immediate region.
Where we live in Grand Junction, CO (#WestSlopeBestSlope), we are blessed with the multiple award winning The Business Incubator Center that gives entrepreneurs a place to learn, gather, experiment and grow. There is no doubt that some of us want to live in a more rural environment, but that should not limit us in our growth. The internet removes borders…well most of them anyway. We need to access these resources to help each other grow, as this is the only way communities thrive. The businesses have to be healthy to provide for a healthy economy and we all need to reach out to help each other.
Competition is dead. Collaboration is the tide that raises us all.