Express Your Business Needs on oGoing

clock December 23, 2013 05:58 by author Ogoing Team

Express Your Business Needs on oGoing

I am excited to share with you some changes we have made on oGoing 

Starting today, members can now share their business needs and posts in the following 7 areas on oGoing: 

1. Startups - Post any question or need about starting your business, entrepreneurs 

2. Funding - Post any question or need about funding or financing your company 

3. Marketing - Post any question or need about marketing and growing your business 

4. Technology - Post any question or need about using technology for your company 

5. News - What's going on? Post your news, events and goings at your organization 

6. Services - Post specific question or need for service providers in over 100 categories 

7. Offers - Post your time sensitive deals, promotions and specials that create traction 

Did you know that all your posts on oGoing are shared with the community on the Live oGoing wall? 

Login to oGoing today, and start expressing your specific needs now. 

BTW, the three most engaged members in December will each get a $100 Starbucks gift card (for USA members). 

Remember the First Rule of Marketing that I shared last time:

Your customers and prospects are not interested in you or your company. They are not even interested in your product. They are only interested in solving their current particular problem as they perceive it, or generally in meeting their own perceived needs towards their own felt desires." 

The key reason for making this change was this epiphany of how oGoing can help small businesses and professionals find solutions to their needs. 

As 2013 comes to a close, our thoughts gather around family, friends, and those business acquaintances that helped us along our journey every day of the year. On behalf of the oGoing team, I would like to extend heartfelt thanks to you for your support and belief over the past year. 

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas! 

Sincere regards, 
Sanjay Dalal 
founder / CEO, oGoing
 
p.s.  check my recent interview on YouTube 

 

 



Vote for oGoing in Chase $250K Small Business Grant

clock October 14, 2013 12:33 by author Ogoing Team
Chase $250K Small Business Grant - Vote for oGoing Now

Chase is giving $3 million to help 12 small businesses make it BIG 

oGoing wants to make it BIG and promote our small business community. We are passionate about business owners and entrepreneurs achieving their full potential and becoming successful! 

We need your vote of confidence and support to help us grow further. 

Please vote for oGoing today and help us qualify. We need 250 votes to qualify. 

Your vote counts and we would appreciate it immensely! 




Facebook, LinkedIn, KPCB and oGoing to talk about Big Data in SoLoMo World at TiEcon Panel

clock May 14, 2013 09:27 by author Ogoing Team

Sanjay Dalal, founder & CEO, oGoing will be moderating in the Big Data in SoLoMo World Panel at TiEcon, The World's Largest Conference for Entrepreneurs

Sanjay Dalal, founder & CEO, oGoing will be the Moderator of the Big Data in SoLoMo World Panel at TiEcon, The World's Largest Conference for Entrepreneurs. Panel will include Facebook, LinkedIn and KPCB executives

The explosion of new social, local and mobile applications is resulting in an explosion in the amount of data that these apps are generating. This session will explore the implications of the collection, analysis and use of this data for providing a better experience for the app users. It will also explore the privacy concerns that could result from the use of personalized and localized data.

"It is making science and economics come together in a business friendly way to create opportunities for the entrepreneurs." Piyush Malik, Big Data Chair, TiEcon and Business Analytics and Optimization, IBM Global Business Services

"I am honored to participate and engage in the Big Data panel with Facebook CIO, LinkedIn Principal Engineer and KPCB Investment Partner. I am looking forward to sharing critical insights on Social, Local and Mobile media for the TiEcon attendees," Sanjay Dalal, founder & CEO, oGoing.

When: Friday, May 17th 11:45 am to 12:15 pm

Panel Participants:

Sam Shah, Principal Engineer, LinkedIn
Tim Campos, CIO, Facebook

Mike Abbott, Investment Partner, KPCB
Sanjay Dalal, founder & CEO, oGoing

Learn more about the Big Data SoLoMo Panel

About TiEcon:

TiEcon 2013 is guaranteed to mesmerize with the hottest topics delivered by brilliant experts. In addition to compelling content in the Entrepreneurs Track on Saturday, TiEcon 2013 will devote Friday entirely to three high-growth tracks - Mobility, Big Data and Software Defined Infrastructure (SDI). Attendees can expect the usual high-impact networking opportunities in the Expo Hall and during lunch and cocktail receptions - that have launched many a successful startup or a blazing career opportunity. Come join the excitement! Register Now!

About oGoing:

Ogoing.com is USA's leading social network for small business. Ogoing provides owners, entrepreneurs and SMB powerful web social media marketing platform that promotes the business, boosts online visibility, improves website traffic, raises SEO ranking, generates new leads and attracts new customers. Join oGoing!



We Love Small Business Owners! Here are Six Reasons by Nellie Akalp

clock April 24, 2013 12:59 by author Ogoing Team

Love Small Business Owners - oGoing

According to a 2012 Public Affairs Pulse Survey, 88% of adults interviewed have a favorable view of small businesses. Only 16% said the same about major corporations.

Here are six reasons why I love small businesses and will continue to support small business owners in every way possible:

1. Small business owners work tirelessly

Entrepreneurs and small business owners are used to working long hours. The latest SMB Wellness Index from Manta found that small business owners are working longer hours than they have in the past. Nearly half (49%) said they worked more than 50 hours/week in 2012, compared to 40% in 2011. 26% worked up to 60 hours a week in 2012, 14% worked up to 70 hours, and 9% admitted to working more than 70 hours a week.

2. Small businesses are the heart of the American economy

If you had any doubts about the importance of small businesses to our economy, take a look at the following statistics from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Small firms:

  • Make up more than 99.7% of all employers
  • Create more than 50% of the nonfarm private gross domestic product (GDP)
  • Make up 97% of exporters and produce 29 percent of all export value

3. Small businesses spur job growth

It’s the small business engine that’s turning our economy around and putting our country back to work. The latest figures from the SBA show that small businesses create 75% of the net new jobs in our economy, creating more than 15 million net new jobs between 1993 and 2009. Small businesses employ half of all private sector employees and hire 43% of high tech workers (scientists, engineers, computer programmers, and others).

4. Small business owners are gutsy

The bulk of small businesses are self-financed, with owners digging into their savings, home equity, stocks, 401k/retirement accounts, and credit cards to fund their business. The large number of bootstrapping startups is in part due to a tighter lending market; most small business owners find they need to sign a personal guarantee in order to get a loan. This kind of bootstrapping makes a small business self-reliant, but it’s also risky as owners may stand to lose their entire wealth in case this business fails. Yet despite this fact, small business owners are ready to take the plunge because they believe in their vision and want to do whatever they can to make it happen.

5. Small businesses build relationships

As the founder of a small business, I enjoy doing as much business as I can with fellow small companies. Small businesses often share a uniquely genuine culture – after all, small business owners typically have a closer connection to their customers and marketplace. There are fewer bureaucratic layers and armies of consultants standing between the owner and customer. Smaller organizations take a vested interest in the needs of their customers, and build strong relationships with their customers and community.

6. Small business owners are optimistic

2013 brought a flurry of small business surveys all pointing to increased optimism for the coming year. The SMB Wellness Index from Manta found that more than 75% of the small business owners polled are confident about their company’s growth prospects in 2013. A Dell Think Tank poll showed that business owners in their six markets expect their finances and sales to improve this year. And the American Express OPEN Small Business Monitor found that 77% of small businesses polled are optimistic about their business prospects.

 

While these findings are certainly indicative of positive trends in our economy, I think that by nature, small business owners are an optimistic group. It’s an unfailing belief in themselves and a hope for the future that gives entrepreneurs the strength to take risks. And I hope more courageous and creative individuals join the ranks of small business owners in years to come.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally written by Nellie Akalp on Small Business Trends.


Nellie Akalp Nellie Akalp is CEO of CorpNet, her second incorporation filing service based on her strong passion to assist small business owners and entrepreneurs in starting their business. Free guides, advice and videos on small business legal topics are available at her Small Biz Corner.

 

 



oGoing Interviews Mark Hartsell of CEO Advisor

clock October 4, 2012 08:40 by author Ogoing Team

Mark Hartsell, CEO & President of CEO Advisor

How do you make the Owner, President or CEO of a company better?

More often than not, the entrepreneur has too much on his or her plate, is wearing multiple hats and working 24/7. How can someone help this entrepreneur focus and do more? That is a tall order indeed. Meet oGoing Pro Member Mark Hartsell, the CEO and President of CEO Advisor. He is on a mission to grow the CEOs, Owners and Presidents of young and emerging small businesses and startups in Orange County and Southern California. Mark helped me earlier this year on the oGoing business, marketing and financial plans, and getting them ready for potential investors or partners. I had the opportunity to ask Mark a few questions about his company, and what's going on. Here are the five answers that can help you grow your business:

1. What led you to start CEO Advisor? How is the progress?
Prior to selling my software company to Digital River, I focused on what my post-sale career would look like.  It was clear to me that I wanted to spend the rest of my career as a small business advisor helping entrepreneurs grow to the next level toward a successful exit of their own.  CEO Advisor has grown every year since its inception in 2004 and I really enjoy engaging with and helping CEOs tackle their many challenges.

2. What are your key services? What problems do they solve?
CEO Advisor focuses on the challenges and opportunities that every CEO and small business owner encounters.  These issues span across the entire business, including preparation for fund raising, fund raising, accounting, operations, sales, marketing, mergers and acquisitions, and my services solve problems in all of these areas.

3. What is your favorite customer success story?
I have many customer success stories, but I most like seeing my clients grow and prosper, as in two clients that are currently on the Orange County Business Journal - Fastest Growing Companies list out this week.

4. Why do customers love CEO Advisor? What makes you different?
My clients value my services due to my broad range of business expertise, and one-to-one meetings with a hands-on approach ensuring progress on a weekly basis.  I am also goal and accountability driven and my clients like this, as well.  My biggest differentiator is my hands-on approach to producing work and deliverables for clients each week versus the verbal coaching that I see in this field.

5. How do you define success within your company?
I measure the success of my company by the success of my clients.  When my clients are motivated, happy and seeing results this is very gratifying to me for my efforts.  Additionally, I enjoy what I do to such a high degree that it simply does not seem like work.  That is real success.

Connect with Mark Hartsell on oGoing today! His firm has great offers for oGoing members also.

Mark A. Hartsell, MBA, CEO/Pres. 
CEO Advisor, Inc. 
www.CEOAdvisor.com  
www.CEOAdvisorNetwork.com 
 (949) 759-8676


Ogoing is a Small Business Social Network with Big Vision and Mission

clock March 12, 2012 20:33 by author Ogoing Team

Ogoing is an exclusive social network for small business! Ogoing Founder & CEO Sanjay Dalal created Ogoing to provide small businesses the easiest and best platform to connect, share, network and promote their products and services using cutting-edge social media. Dalal's vision is to help over one million small businesses through Ogoing within the next three years.

Ogoing is indeed a Small Business Social Network with Big Vision and Mission!

How will Ogoing achieve this huge milestone?

1. By providing small businesses, entrepreneurs, startups, business owners and SMBs the best and easiest to use social networking service. Our goal is to make Ogoing extremely simple to use, and yet provide key features and functionality that make business sense.

2. By asking all businesses who join to refer and share their Ogoing profile with their business contacts! Have you shared Ogoing with your contacts? Founder Sanjay Dalal's profile can be found here: http://ogoing.com/sanjaydalal

3. By taking some calculated risks. Ogoing will try many new marketing programs and campaigns to drive small businesses to join, connect and use Ogoing. Some programs are already running. Some are being thought out at this moment! Have great ideas?

4. By expanding our team. So far, Ogoing has operated with a very nimble team because Sanjay Dalal has been bootstrapping the company with his own money. It is now time to grow, and get a real team going!! Want to join?

5. By some divine luck and support from angels, investors or partners. Ogoing believes in good karma! If our karma is good, hopefully some partners or angels will help Ogoing grow. Want to help?

Get Your Small Business Going On Ogoing Today!! Go BIG with Ogoing, and Grow with cutting-edge social media.  Join Now



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