As President of the Vine Vendor Network, I set several goals for our growth for 2018, one of them being regular meet-and-greets. This past Friday was our second one of the year.  I sincerely enjoy this time that I get to spend with my members. I learn about their businesses, their dreams, their challenges; I get to be a part of their incredibly busy lives with the objective of making their small businesses grow.

Our meet-and-greets are Vine-member-exclusive benefits. We spend time workshopping each individual’s business, speaking about business as a whole, discussing challenges that are specific to our locality and second-income-entrepreneurs.

Our first meet-and-greet for 2018 was in February. We discussed plans for the Vine, how businesses can get legal, tax laws, vendor shows, and more.  Our March 2018 meeting was focused on identifying a target market, how to market to that market, and if we’re actually marketing our products to the right people.  April’s event (which has not yet been scheduled) will focus on using social media to engage customers.

We would love to hear your thoughts and feedback for future meet-and-greets.

Kristen Fusaro-PizzoPresident

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