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The Sheltowee Business Network- We Are Starting Something New

The Sheltowee Business Network- We Are Starting Something New

Feb 10 2018

Ever look at a web page and go to their blog to see that the last post was several years ago?  Well that has been this blog.  Back in 2014 and 2015 I wrote several posts.  Life happened and I got away from the posting.  The good news is that it doesn't mean that I have been inactive in business, just in writing blog posts.  Since that time we have taken trips to Vietnam and Cambodia for our alternative energy company and have worked with several companies to help them get up and running.  I have joined the Keiretsu Forum, an angel investing group in Cincinnati and I have learned a lot over the past few years.

 

One of the reasons I am back at writing a blog post is that a group of people have convinced me to start a new endeavor.  This January I formed the Sheltowee Business Network LLC.  Over the past 5 years I have been developing content for a platform that I call Sheltowee's Business in a Box.  On July 28th, 2014 I wrote a blog post about why I was investing in Sheltowee's Business in a Box.  Sheltowee's Business in a Box is a curriculum designed to help entrepreneurs start businesses.  Over the past 4 years, Sheltowee's Business in a Box has been "90 days from launch".  It has been a work of passion and would always get pushed to the back burner.  Well, my business partner, Mr. Paul Medcalf finally pinned me down and got me to commit to launch the concept.  I committed to developing a minimally viable product for us to see if it effectively meets a need in the market.  I have assigned all of the intellectual property rights of Sheltowee's Business in a Box to the Sheltowee Business Network LLC. We have expanded the scope of the platform to include a mentorship platform and a platform for sharing new ideas. 

 

I have placed this under a new entity and we will be running it as a startup.  That means we will be taking the concepts we are espousing and applying them to our own business.  I have spent three years struggling with how we should price the platform.  I want to be able to help as many people as possible, but I also want a self sustaining business.  We ARE NOT A NON-PROFIT.  The cold realty of business is that if you cannot make money, you cease to exist.  And if you cannot provide value you cannot make money.  So our goal is to provide tremendous value and to charge a fair price for the value we provide. 

 

One of the key things that I am excited about is the networking opportunities with which we will be faced.  Business is all about relationships.  With just a very small number of people, we are already making connections that will provide value for our entrepreneurs.  With our recruitment and participation of Mentors, we are going to be building an incredible strong network of people that can help bring tremendous value to its members.  I will be sending out more information on what we are doing and what we are building.  I get asked a lot of questions, and often times the answer is, "I don't know".  We are building the vehicle as we are going down the runway.  Feel free to ask questions, and also please feel free to help us formulate the answers.  Our mission is to help start and grow businesses.  We don't have all the answers, but we think we have some of them.  To learn more visit http://member.sheltowee.com.  

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