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201 GREAT IDEAS for Your SMALL BUSINESS, Third Edition by Jane Applegate

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GREAT 127 IDEA: Attend Charity Events to Make Contacts

A great way to meet the “who's who” in your area is to buy a ticket to a local charity event where you can mingle and schmooze your way through the cocktail hour. Then, look for an empty seat at a corporate-sponsored table and boldly ask if you can sit there.

Volunteering at a glitzy social event is also a great idea. A friend, who was making a transition from selling shoes to high-end real estate, signed up to work at the registration table for an event with a $1,500 ticket price. Since she was beautifully dressed and gorgeous, she was asked to pin carnations on the lapels of all the men.

She bantered and flirted for an hour with the most interesting men in New York City, including a billionaire ...

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