Acquire Your First Members -- invited and then start doing local events, speaking at local organizations.
Ning Creators interview with Launch INW (http://www.launchpadinw.com) Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Bill Kalivas, and Manager of Technology Solutions, Mark Simonds
The Launchpad INW web site was launched on the Ning Platform in the fall of 2008 by Bill Kalivas and Allen Battle. Their goal was to create a regional, professional networking site to help people build business relationships through online and face to face networking.
Due to the rapid growth in membership and demand, Bill and Allen formed LaunchPad Inland Northwest LLC in January 2009. In November 2009 both Bill and Allen began devoting their full-time effort to LaunchPad INW and also began hiring additional staff members.
Today LaunchPad INW, LLC continues to focus on adding value for its members. LaunchPad INW offers a unique blend of workshops and business development services with the goal of helping individuals and companies learn, engage and grow to compete more effectively.
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