Imagine a room with several entrepreneurs passionate about their businesses and startups and ready to share knowledge and learn from mentors concerning their ongoing business ventures. These are people in the business world and not merely sharing from theory, they are in the gutters everyday starting and running real business with successes and challenges. The Entrepreneurs Assembly (EA) offers such space to people both young and old – experienced and those merely starting out.
Matt and friends started entrepreneurs Assembly after seeing the need for entrepreneurs to meet regularly (once a month) to listen, encourage, and help one another succeed on their entrepreneurial journeys. They realized that among themselves, they almost had all the skills and knowledge needed to run a successful business because they were at different phases of their business. The level of businesses ranged from startups, some on their second or third startup, some established business and other just really on ideas stage.
The Entrepreneurs Assembly Reno or simply EA as commonly known among members is a 3 hours session, which happens once a month between 9am – 12pm unless communicated otherwise. The ‘leaders’ agree and communicate about the venue for the next session before the next meeting because they did not have a fixed venue for meeting.
On the meeting date, they arrive earlier than 9am to put together the meeting before the attendees come in. The program is simple, focused on equipping each other to do business better and provide links to one another. Consequently, this makes EA one of the best places to network with people who are genuinely interested in your success and that of your business.
I had the privilege of attending one session while on the Mandela Washington fellowship at University of Nevada, Reno. The agenda was something close to what I share below,
- Introductions from members – name and business venture. Share what their 30-day matching order was and what they accomplished. (what they promised to focus on for the past 30 days)
- Speaker and topic for the day (Often someone from among the members gives a talk on a topic in line with business e.g. basic accounting and book keeping, social media marketing etc.)
- Break into small groups with each group having a mentor. Some of the questions in the small group were,
- How many customers do you currently have? How many more do you need?
- What kind of help do you need? (Find someone with the skills you need, look outside of yourself)
- Have you launched your product? What do you need to be ready for launching? Have you tested it with potential clients?
- Share about a business challenge and get feedback from mentor and others in attendance in your small group.
- Get back into the big group and answer the question “What 2 or 3 things are you going to do or focus on in the next 30 days?
The time in this session provided questions that got me planning better for my business. I have worked through the question about what service I offer to clients and why they should choose me amidst all others. This quote from Matt summarizes it all “Business is about making money or saving money – spending time /saving time.”