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What is Locals Networking?

LocalsNetworking is an effective way to build a referral network of local small business owners.

If you are familiar with small business marketing and referral network programs like BNI, LeTip, Chamber of Commerce, Rotary International or Small Business Associations. You understand how it works. If these are new terms to you, the goal of these programs is to connect you with local business owners to open up opportunities to share business and customers. Here is an example, if you are a Wedding Planner you could see how it would be beneficial to have relationships with a limousine service, photographer, bakery, dress shop, travel agent, local hotel, caterers, bartenders, venue rental and party rentals.

LocalsNetworking provide you a platform to create these relationships on your schedule. Members have the ability to create groups, pick who they are looking to network with, set up meetings, spread their company message, communicate with other members and all this with no attendance policies or membership fees.

What’s your traction been like thus far?

We have groups started in 5 states, we are now focusing back on Georgia to grow here first. We now are reaching out to members in referral groups and the response has been great.

What do you know now that you wish you would have known when you started Locals Networking?

To look back, I wish we had understood what a strong startup network was here in Atlanta and explore that a little further early on. And marketing…we would have marketed heavier throughout the coding/development process.

What’s a hypothesis that you’ve had that has failed? And how did you respond?

There were flow issues in designing the site that sound great when talking them over but when putting them into practice realize they do not work. It emphasizes how important testing testing testing is, not just by you but who ever you can get to go over the site. And to respond quickly when you see it does not work and move on and keep building.

What’s your favorite startup in Atlanta? (Besides your own!)

We are familiar with some of the larger startups to come out of Atlanta like Mail Chimp and ScoutMob but we have yet to develop a favorite in the up and comers

What’s your favorite thing about being an entrepreneur?

The whole thing is exciting, you go from here I have this idea, to then building it and placing it in the hands of others to see if they can see your vision. It is exciting to have something that is your groups and see if it can survive.

What’s your favorite local sports team?
Sadly not a sports fan…

If your company were an animal, what would it be and why?

I would say a Duck, they are social and they work together to accomplish goals. You never see just one duck they are usually wading around together and, they work together in their V formation flying thousands of miles which is astounding.

Our site is bringing people together to accomplish amazing things!

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