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I can answer questions related to: referral marketing, viral expansion loops, internet marketing and business networking techniques as they specifically relate to growing your business and increasing your profits. I cannot answer specific questions related to: traditional business advertising, networking theory or marketing theory.

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I have years of experience running small businesses; some very successful and some not so successful. My personal experience in business and business networking and very specifically my experience as owner of a business providing support services to other small businesses led me to create "The Consumer Advocate Network". The Consumer Advocate Network is association of people and businesses dedicated to customer service and consumer protection founded on the basic principles of "networking" and why it works.


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Bachelors degree in Aeronautical Science, Associate degree in business.

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Runner Up - Small Business of the Year 2006 Tampa Florida

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Recent Answers from Jim Merrick

2012-12-10 social networking sites:

Hi Diana,    Great questions! Are social networking sites good for our society? In my opinion it doesn't really matter. Social networking sites are here to stay whether we like it or not. Like the Internet

2012-11-18 I NEED YOUR ADVICE:

Hi Christopher,    Sorry, I a don't know of any other networking sites. Linkedin is free for basic use and is by far the largest and most powerful online networking platform for business people in the

2012-11-15 I NEED YOUR ADVICE:

Hi Christopher,    What you are experiencing is not unusual. It takes time and persistence to develop your own reputation and develop real relationships with real buyers of your products and services.

2012-11-01 open source social/community networking:

Hi John,    I am not aware of any off the shelf social networking software that you can plug into an existing web site.     However, I am aware of and have built web sites using an open source platform

2012-10-05 Drupal Website Developers:

Hi Jessy,    Drupal is an open source content management system that can be used to organize, manage, and publish content. Because it is an open source and distributed under the terms of a general public


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