Small Business Referral
Joining together to help small
business work like big business.
The Small Business
Referral Network Vision
For years now I have been meeting, networking with, and
getting to know other business owners out there. I have been a part of
many online communities, volunteered on many as a Community Leader or
Manager, and gained a lot of experience.
I noticed in most cases, these networks seemed to lack a way to
really get their members involved in finding ways to support one
another, as well as the community, and help in finding ways to truly do
Some people, while preaching they are "pro" small business,
really did not walk
the talk. They did not give their members the true support or platform
to connect and grow a better business. While they were good places to
meet others, and yes network, they offered no true resource or support to
actually get involved and grow.
Our mission is to bring these small businesses together to support,
assist, offer services and groups that will give you the tools and
resources that do matter. We will teach you how to connect and join together in
a way that will benefit you personally, as well as those you choose to do
Our primary goal is to build a truly interactive community where members are
involved and supported, and yes even rewarded, for the efforts of growing
with us as we help you grow your business. We wish to develop the
benefits, services, and rewards that will help you launch your business
and take it to the next level.
It is our hope to create the first true cooperative program of small business
owners who'll come together to actively support the network in helping each
other grow. It is our belief that to survive, a small business needs
access to every possible advantage available. We also believe that as this
community grows, members will be able to connect with help both on the
internet and within their local communities.
And while we may not be high-priced marketing or internet gurus, we
draw on the vast experience of our members who have "been there and done
that" in real life to help you grow a better business. We
don't believe that it should cost you thousands of dollars to learn what
you need to know, and by developing affordable service, and giving you
access to others in the same types of business, we believe that we can offer
you real solutions to your every day business problems. We are here to
help every member make the most of their business and again, raise it to
the next level of success.
Nancy F. Johnson
Founder and Director of the SBRN
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ByOurShoeStrings.com Marketing LLC
Name: Nancy Johnson
Location: Cheshire, OR 97419
Type of Business:
We are a home-based business networking group.
|What does your business do?
I stated the Small Business Referral Network with a group of
friends. We are a support group and real networking group online.
Just like an offline group we chat, do meet and greets, etc. With
our online events we take the hassle out of being in networking
groups. It is networking in your own time. No getting dressed up or
driving to meetings (for me that was 50 miles round trip) and buying
expensive lunches that are not very good.
When and why did you start the biz?
We started the SBRN in Feb, 2002 with a small group of people that
wanted to share ideas, support each other, find ways to do business
together, and help others do the same. We wanted to offer our
expertise to help others grow and learn from each other. Over the
years we have expanded and in 2003 added online Expos and sales
How Many People are in your Company?
We have myself and 15 leaders that help out and volunteer and 3 more
Where's your office?
After years of having an office in our living room, in 2002 we moved
here and now I have my very own office. It is small and we have not
yet remodeled it so the walls are bare, but it is my very own space
with a westward facing window of my own.
What's the toughest part of running your biz?
Well, sometimes I get discouraged when members do not embrace our
way of doing things LOL. We offer a lot but the best things we offer
are the free chats and Mixer.
What's the most fun part?
Meeting our members and helping them experience all that working
from home can offer for those that are truly dedicated to growing
their business. I enjoy our Sat. Biz Mixer and getting to talk to
real live people from all over. Right now I can truly say the
friendships I have made with members have enriched my life and I get
as much from them as I am sure they get from me.
Anything you would have done differently?
I would have left my offline Job sooner, but my husband was holding
me back. I also would have developed a committee a lot sooner.
What's next on the horizon for your biz?
We are currently getting ready to launch our Local Chapter section.
We have members all across the US and Canada and it is time to help
them connect on a local level. We will also be offering more tools
for home based businesses.
What advice do you have for others?
Get involved online on list, on sites and in chats as often as you
can. Do not just post ads but get out there and make real contacts
with real people and help and touch as many as you can. Volunteer,
write some articles, share your expertise even if you don't consider
yourself an expert. We all have something we can give back even if
it is just listening to someone else. BUT if you make a commitment
to someone to assist them then honor that, and treat it with
respect. Do your best; do not blow people off. Treat your business
like a business. When you hold yourself out as a business person
your time is no longer your own, you create obligations to others
and you need to know that your problems are not your customers'
problems. Treat your customers the way you wish to be treated as a
How do you use Idea Cafe to help your biz?
I like reading the boards and do not get here as much as I used to.
I do make it a point to drop in when I can and keep updated and read
some profiles. I have always enjoyed this site.
School (where, still in school, degree)?
I have a degree in marketing from Chippewa Valley Tec. College
Prior jobs or business?
I have done many things: retail for 10 years, newspaper ad sales,
taught dog training, pet sitter, direct sales rep, and Dental
What are your pets' names?
Lexi , Ace, Matt, Sport
Do any of these pets help with your biz?
Lexi is the SBRN Offical Mascot. You can see her picture at
Is there any one person or event in your life that led you to
go into business for yourself?
Not a person but a website - ivillage.com is where I landed when I
first came online and met so many other homebased women but felt we
could not really promote our businesses there because of their
cooperate sponsors so we started our own network to do that.
Anyone you publicly want to thank?
I want to say hi to all the SBRN and Expo Connect Members -we do it
|We are looking for
individuals, and small business owners that want to lease one of
our SBRN Portals.
About Our Services
|We bring competitive ad
pricing to home-based and small businesses alike...online and
We will be forming local SBRN groups that will help small
business grow and find the competitive edge they will need to
compete in today's changing marketplace.
Our Other Services:
We Now have VideoDirect email service for members
starting at just $4.95 per. month.
Copy writing and other services available from our
Referral Network members and community.