Are you an entrepreneur or do you prefer the term business owner? No Matter what you choose to call yourself, one thing resonates; “what you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” ~ Jane Goodall.
Here is an opportunity, and of course entrepreneurs and business owners embrace opportunities. It is an opportunity to decide to attend or not to attend the upcoming networking event being hosted by The Caribbean Business Alliance at the University of Maryland.
As entrepreneurs and business owners, there is an appreciation of the long tireless journey that has begun and lies ahead. Let’s face two things: 1) it is an obstacle course that many fail to finish, and 2) along the journey, there is a road less travelled. If you have a desire to go beyond that Return On Investment (ROI) and desire to journey toward the Return On Finishing (ROF), where what was started can be handed over for continuation, and if you have a desire to learn some key business essentials that will help you earn bigger and better, then be assured that The Caribbean Business Alliance networking event at 6 PM on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center at University of Maryland, is an investment waiting for you.
Of course, you can hardly be in the business world very long without appreciating that the change maker is in the details. Well, Networking Guru, Dr. George C. Fraser will be the Keynote Speaker at the Power of Networking event.
Dr. George C. Fraser is the Chairman and CEO of FraserNet, Inc., which was founded almost 30 years ago. FraserNet is a global networking company that brings together diverse resources to increase opportunities for people of African descent. Before Dr. Fraser got here, his journey involved many twists and turns.
Born in Brooklyn NY, one of 11 children; his parents were not able to care for all of their children so, George, was placed into the foster care system when he was three years old. He spent 14 years within the system. He graduated high school but was not considered suitable for college. Nonetheless, doing different jobs, George put himself through college and eventually graduated from the prestigious Dartmouth College, Minority Business Executive Program and later was awarded the Honorary Doctorate Degree of Humane Letters from Jarvis Christian College. Learn more here.
Coming from such a background, Dr. Fraser has been where many Caribbean business owners and other entrepreneurs in the Mid-Atlantic Region are today or have been. And where is that? At-risk! At-risk of having a desire, of having a start-up, or a brand with possibilities that might easily be run-off course because there was not the timely support and guidance needed. For the business owner, that translates into beginning to get some Return on Investments (ROI) that might easily go below expected ROI with changing economic times and then go to no ROI.
While it might or might not on the surface seem applicable to you, all businesses require some sort of contingency plan. Dr. Fraser is geared toward sharing the best contingency plan any business owner can ask for, and that is to “get it right” as soon as possible.
Yes, it is easy to go off thinking because you are in business that you already got it right. Let’s say you do, it still remains that there are more essentials to learn. Just in case you might be doubtful, a Harvard study found that effective leaders, which of course applies to business owners and entrepreneurs, spend about 14% of their time in cultivating, building and nurturing relationships, while successful leaders increase this figure to approximately 54%. Guess who would be earning more? We are always in business with others and as Dr. Fraser explained– a basic thread running throughout the fabric of any surviving and thriving business is networking. He describes networking as the fabric that provides feedback, support, necessary insight, required resources and useful information. Guess what the alternative is? Becoming a Brand that was! Dr. Fraser has helped other business owners to connect, grow and prosper.
If you attend The Caribbean Business Alliance networking event, Dr. Fraser is sure to get you to consider the changes that your company might need to make in order to increase your profits. Dr. Fraser has 29 years of business service to the African American community, with over $650 million in business obtained by members and partners of FraserNet since 1987. Through his work at FraserNet, he has developed products, programs and seminars that help entrepreneurs and professionals get clients, build their businesses and accelerate their careers through networking.
Dr. Fraser is a Cleveland based author, entrepreneur and speaker focusing on improving networking skills, building wealth and improving diversity and inclusion. In 2011 Fraser was inducted into the Minority Business Hall of Fame and Museum. He has been awarded over 350 awards and citations from around the world to include three Honorary Doctorates, a Chaplaincy and an Ambassadorship. He has put on the popular Power Networking Conference for the past 15 years and it has been selected by Forbes Magazine in 2015 as one of “The Top 5 Conferences not to be missed by Entrepreneurs.”
FraserNet, Inc. is an “award winning” 30 year old global leadership network of 71,000 Black professionals, business owners and community leaders where the focus is on the principle of building continuing relationships, going beyond the sale, and appreciating interdependence, within a community that values the value of being supportive and supportable.
Simply put, this networking event with the help of Dr. Fraser’s offerings will help to improve the life skill of building and nurturing relationships for your business and enhance your business networking skills for life. Come out and learn how to effectively network and also learn why having a powerful network is critical to the success and longevity of brands.
The Caribbean Business Alliance was founded through the collaboration of three firms; Caribbean Cargo DC, Gabriel Christian & Associates and Lockhart’s Insurance Services. It presents networking opportunities for business owners of Caribbean descent and those serving the Caribbean community both in the Mid-Atlantic and abroad.
“Business, more than any other occupation, is a continual dealing with the future; it is a continual calculation, an instinctive exercise in foresight.” ~ Henry Luce.
As mentioned earlier, The Caribbean Business Alliance networking event at 6 PM on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 is an investment waiting for you. You may register here.
If you are still undecided, consider what Deborah Persley, Information Assurance Deputy Program Manager at HP, Inc., said about her investment with Dr. George Fraser:
“His seminars and networking sessions provide the “how to” of business success and personal coaching. His seminars and speeches are extremely action focused and provided me a few major breakthroughs in which I continue to benefit. His books, recorded speeches, and other media are wonderful and worth the investment and re-investment on any given day, month, or year.”
In 2016 Dr.Fraser received the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award by President Obama and Black Enterprise Magazine called him “Black America’s #1 Networker.” When Dr. Fraser was asked; what should entrepreneurs really focus on? He replied,
“It takes teamwork to make the dream work. Relationships are everything and business is about relationships; and without relationships you have no business. Without relationships you have no business being in business. In fact, the business we are all really in is the business of building relationships. That’s what drives you. Networking is about giving … not about getting. That is one of the biggest mistakes people make, because they think it’s about getting. Wrong. You give first. You share and the getting always comes later.” – beenetworkglobalnews.com
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