Wed, Aug 25 2004 12:23
Grass Roots or just doing what a Small Business would do?
The other day I blogged about the new Small Business Community opening up today and the blog post was picked up by Scoble and by Bink. It then ended up on the CRN site for breaking news. I had to laugh about the statement by Jennifer Bogdalek who said “it's a result of a grassroots effort”. That makes it sound like they are baking cupcakes and doing a bake sale or something. So, you know me, I went off in search of the definition of “GrassRoots” and I found this web site. On the site they state that the site is:
@GRASS-ROOTS.ORG tells the stories of the most innovative grassroots programs in the United States and the local heroes who've found effective ways to build their communities, fix what's broken and make them better.
Wow. I think I like that. That IS what this is all about. It's all about building a community around those VARs and VAPs and resellers and vendors who support small businesses, about fixing what is broken about the current system and making it better.
The American Revolution was Grass Roots too, wasn't it? But if you think about it, isn't this was a small business would do anyway? Remove roadblocks and provide for collaboration tools in their small organization?
I'd invite everyone to check out the new community web site. Participate. You get out of things when you give. It's as simple as that. Woody Allen said that 80% of success is showing up.
Sign up. Go into each section and click on the “Alert me” on the left hand side. You'll get notified of when thing change. Hang out. Lurk. Post. Chat. Share successes and failures. Learn from a person who is half way around the country or half way around the world that doesn't compete with you but knows exactly what you are going though. See you there. I'll be the one munching on the Chocolate frosted cupcake. ;-)
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