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I will need to be proven wrong on this one>>>
I will need to see a successful model, but I'm betting against the concept of real, brick and mortar businesses showing any interest in this type of thing.
We're celebrating the 5th anniversary of our new down town, for 30+ years it was a walking mall, a ghost town one at that. Today it is growing and thriving city on the move...a local destination town with events almost every weekend and a thriving downtown. I've tried to talk to every new business which has opened in the last 5 years.
Most have forsaken the traditional BBB, CoC memberships, all participating in the DOWNTOWN CF PARTNERSHIP, which supports and shares marketing information and is an active member program. I think BBB, CoC, and BNI (which was a decent concept, not so much these days) are fading fast, consider they really don't do much for business these days. New generation could care less about BBB.
My opinion is, you couldn't get enough "members" to participate in these meetings to make it worth your while as an organizer.
Which brings up something; MJ DeMarco's SYSTEMS vs. Harvey Brody's gears. I'll start a new thread about these.
I still see so much slop and mess in so many business ideas, a refresher look at gears might be due.
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