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Goal #2: Network 200+

ETP Principles Increase My Business’ Success

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Amanda Sherman,  Entrepreneur and founder of AtUrBest Special Event | ETP Member since 2008, Director of ETP Volunteer Services and and Founding Faculty Leader of ETP Charlotte Networking Group

The benefits of being a small business owner are the way you are connected with your public. I am a wedding and special events coordinator I am able to be involve with many people on a daily bases. Whether it’s a potential client or its vendors we make some sort of connection.

I didn’t believe that being apart of a network would increase my power of gaining more support. My network is built on trust and family values first. I have learned to build solid, reliable business networks outside of my normal vendors. Through ETP I have develop strong, trusted relationships with fellow professionals and the power of social networking. I have learned that’s its easy to cling to the safety of friends but sometimes you have to separate yourself from them and introduce yourself to new people.  Being able to network educates you about being aware of new opportunities. I have been brought face to face with people who can actually help me further my business. Through the principles of ETP Network I have been able to make new friends as well as talented business partners.

A network is an important part of growing your business if you are a business owner. With the benefit of being a member of ETP you are able to have lifelong friends and establish relationships on a first-name basis. I have been able to volunteer for many events which I learned to do through the ETP Network. I have been taught to get out and mingle this has help as my business continues to prosper.

It was difficult and physically painful for me to greet strangers because most of my business results in referrals so I am already prepared or I have spoken with clients. Being apart of ETP gives me the ambition to reach the next level of communication.  As long as you greet a person with a smile and a business card you will not be out of the loop. Through networking I learned it involves more than making conversation. It also extends to email and little notes.

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  • December 14, 2011 at 3:27 pm


    We are so proud of your personal accomplishments. Despite many challenges you have overcome, it has been amazing to watch you and your business blossom so successfully over the years.

    Carl E. Reid, CSI
    Chief Operations Officer
    Empowering Today’s Professionals (ETP)

  • December 17, 2011 at 3:52 am


    Thank you for such kind words. It has been a pleasure being a part of a wonderful organization that takes the time to help each and every person advance to the level as the CEO of ME.

    It has truly been a fascinating journey to have the guidance of such great leaders and mentors in the Empowering Today’s Professionals (ETP) Network.

    With the help of everyone in the ETP Network I have been able to build a successful network and increase my client base for my business, AtUrBest Special Events. I could not have accomplished such great task without having ETP Network in my corner.

    Amanda Sherman,
    Director of ETP Volunteer Services

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