Rollo May once said, "Communication leads to community, that is, to understanding, intimacy and mutual valuing."
On that topic, we've failed you in the past. And for that, we apologize... and we will make sure that doesn't happen going forward.
Two weeks ago, you were told to expect a big announcement in a week. Well, as we said, that was two weeks ago. Turns out rebranding is a LOT bigger task than initially expected. And if you haven't figured it out yet, that's exactly what we're doing... rebranding!
So the big announcement is that the Chicago Entrepreneur Meetup Group is no longer going to be the Chicago Entrepreneur Meetup Group. Why? Because we've grown beyond Meetup. This group started in 2003 as the Chicago Entrepreneur Meetup Group. Since then, it's changed hands a few times and has had many organizers and co-organizers. For over 7 years, this group was soley on Meetup.com. The last time it changed hands was back in 2010. Since then, we've expanded to LinkedIn, Twitter, Youtube, Facebook and more! Because of this, we're no longer just a group and no longer just a Meetup Group. We're now a Network!
So welcome to the Entrepreneur Success Network!
With this new network, we're focusing on better communication, interaction, and engagement with you... our members. We'll be sending out regular communications on what's going on and upcoming events. In addition, as we all know, entrepreneurs exist everywhere! And while we're headquartered in the Chicagoland area, we want to be able to share our message with entrepreneurs everywhere. That's why we're the Entrepreneur Success Network and not just the Chicago Entrepreneur Success Network.
Going forward, we'll be refocusing on three things.
First, we're focusing on providing more great content and information to everyone. We'll be doing this through regular communications via our networks with a primary focus on our Website at http://www.EntrepreneurSuccessNetwork.com and our LinkedIn Group for discussions. So if you haven't joined it yet, please join our LinkedIn group by going to http://bit.ly/EntrepreneurSuccessNetwork.
Second, Networking events. Networking events are important for people to attend, interact, and meet others. Networking events are the start of relationship building, future business, and resource connections. So to that end, we'll be having an After hours Networking event every quarter and work on promoting it well to get people out. These will be in a fun and relaxing environment, so make sure you keep your eyes peeled for the next one coming soon.
And third, we're focusing on workshops and trainings. There's a great need out there to educate current and future entrepreneurs on how to run their business. Whether you're just starting your business or you've been in it for a while, there's always something new you can learn. We're excited about the upcoming workshops which will focus on the Entrepreneurial mindset, Business Structures and Financing, Leadership Development, Sales and Marketing, and Time Management, Organization, and Prioritization. In fact, we've reviewed Entrepreneurial programs from Universities across the country and combined real life entrepreneurial experiences to design workshops which you can use and understand.
These are exciting times for us and we're so happy you're a part of our group. You'll start seeing changes coming down the line and we'll keep you abreast of them.
So stay tuned for more great information coming your way.
Entrepreneur Success Network Organizer