• Business Owner Event: Making Networking and Referrals Work for You!

    Join the Greater Boston Business Network for our free networking breakfast as we present special guest Ken Cheo of Our Sales Coach for Making Networking and Referrals Work for You

    Date and Time:

    Wed, November 8, 2017
    7:00 AM – 8:30 AM EST

    Location:

    Atria Marina Place
    4 Seaport Drive
    Quincy, MA 02171

    • How can you make your connections more collaborative?
    • When you meet people who you trust how can you produce results for both of you?
    • Are you finding that too many of your leads and referrals end up going cold and not closing?

    We are all focused on creating exceptional value for our clients. When we go to networking events, we can occasionally come across a prospect or get a referral but it is also inconsistent and unpredictable.

    Here are some topics we will cover:

    • How to develop a systematic and repeatable process to secure referrals from your sources.
    • How to explore your client and other networks to uncover the best referral opportunities.
    • How to control the quality and quantity of referrals you receive.
    • How to make your source look like a hero when they introduce you.
    • How to provide a compelling reason for your sources to be actively involved in the introduction process.
    • How to help your sources with what to say to the people you want them to refer you to.
    • How to cultivate strategic alliances with people who can introduce you to dozens of quality prospects.
    • How to develop a clear strategy for how you will give referrals and introductions to your most strategic referral sources.

    Ken Cheo, Owner and President of Our Sales Coach, will discuss these and other sales-related lead generating topics. Participants will come away with executable solutions.

    Register Here!

  • Time Management 101: Organizational Strategies to Help You Get Stuff Done!

    Time Management2Feel like you never have enough hours in the day?

    Join the Greater Boston Business Network for a special presentation by Matt Reid of The In Place to learn
    organizational strategies to help you get the stuff done that you need to get done! Register here!

    WHEN: 

    WHERE: Atria Marina Place – 4 Seaport Drive, Quincy, MA 02171

    PRE-REGISTER TODAY ı BREAKFAST INCLUDED

     

    About The Greater Boston Business Network

    The Greater Boston Business Network was founded with the goal of promoting business growth within the network through the exchange of ideas, leads, and information. We all meet as a group once a week, but also regularly schedule one-on-one conversations in which two members meet over coffee, lunch, or what-have-you to talk about their goals, share experiences, and often plan how they can work together to build more business for both of their companies.

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  • 5 Facts About Reverse Mortgages by Andy Emanuel from Omega Financial

    gbbn-2016-02-10_a-emanuel_2Did you ever consider getting a reverse mortgage? Well, maybe not yet, since you must be 62 years old to qualify. But, Andy Emanuel separated fact from fiction if or when the time is right for you. The perception is generally negative about reverse mortgages but the reality is that it might be a perfect solution for your financial future.

    Here are some things you need to know about reverse mortgages:

    1 – You retain ownership of your home. You do NOT give ownership to the lender.

    2 – You can have a mortgage on your home. Many times the reverse mortgage actually pays off the existing mortgage.

    3 – You do not pay taxes on the proceeds of the loan. It is not income, it is your money.

    4 – You can use the funds for any reason. Again, it is your money, use it as you please.

    5 – The reverse mortgage is not just for poor people. It can be used by the affluent as well for estate and financial planning.

    gbbn-2016-02-10_a-emanuel_1Also, it is not for everyone. The loan is expensive and has higher carrying costs. Counseling is required in order to get a reverse mortgage. You must live in the house. And, you are more susceptible to those unscrupulous people who may take advantage of you because of your “new found” wealth.

    The bottom line is that a reverse mortgage allows you to tap into your home equity.  It allows you to remain in your home in your golden years. It provides cash to help supplement your monthly living expenses and peace of mind for emergency situations.

    It is a financial tool – use it wisely!

    Photos by Steve Nelson of FayFoto Boston.

    About The Greater Boston Business Network

    The Greater Boston Business Network was founded with the goal of promoting business growth within the network through the exchange of ideas, leads, and information. We all meet as a group once a week, but also regularly schedule one-on-one conversations in which two members meet over coffee, lunch, or what-have-you to talk about their goals, share experiences, and often plan how they can work together to build more business for both of their companies.

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  • Bob Clark from Clark Chiropractic on the Benefits of Custom Orthotics

    gbbn_2016-01-27_b-clark_2We had an excellent presentation this morning from Bob Clark on chiropractic care. Bob started his practice 19 years ago on April 1, 1997 and hasn’t looked back.  The whole premise with chiropractic care is to align the spine correctly and let the body heal itself.  But, in addition to the spine, we also learned how important your feet are. After all, your feet are what stabilizes your body and keeps the rest of your body in balance.

    The feet are often the starting point for pain. Your feet don’t have to hurt but the pain in your neck, back, knees or hips may be directly related to the imbalance in your foundation. And, that is where orthotics can make a world a world of difference to the pain sufferer.  “Custom” orthotics will support the weight of the entire body as well as provide shock absorption, stability and balance.  Most of us could probably benefit if we looked into getting orthotics to help keep us aligned.

    There are five components to a healthy body: rest, nutrition, positive attitude (yes, it’s proven that those with a positive attitude will live longer!), exercise and proper functioning of the nervous system (that’s where Bob comes in). The body is actually designed to live for 120 years!

    gbbn_2016-01-27_b-clark_2And, here are some more helpful tips:

    1 – If you’re a runner (and over 40), you might want to reconsider your choice of exercise.

    2 – Practice “abdominal bracing” once every hour if you’re sitting in a chair all day.  Just sit up straight,

    pull your shoulders back and suck in your stomach for 20 seconds.

    3 – The best position to be in – is your next position.   Simply said, move around – don’t sit still.

    A couple of our own group members provided testimonials as to the effectiveness of Bob’s care.

    gbbn_2016-01-27_b-clark_3The fact is that only about 12% of the population use chiropractic care.  It took a rugby injury for Bob to get to the chiropractor – what will it take for you to get there?

    Photos by Steve Nelson of FayFoto Boston.

    About The Greater Boston Business Network

    The Greater Boston Business Network was founded with the goal of promoting business growth within the network through the exchange of ideas, leads, and information. We all meet as a group once a week, but also regularly schedule one-on-one conversations in which two members meet over coffee, lunch, or what-have-you to talk about their goals, share experiences, and often plan how they can work together to build more business for both of their companies.

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  • Josephine Vidal of Granite Payroll Associates on Why Employers Need to Know the Difference Between an Employee and an Independent Contractor

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    Do you know the difference between an employee and an independent contractor?  Josephine Vidal of Granite Payroll Associates spoke on that subject today.  Employers love to hire independent contractors as the savings from payroll taxes, company benefits and insurance make it a very attractive situation for them.  However, it’s not always easy to tell if you’re an employee or an independent contractor.  Josephine provided us with some guidelines to help determine the status of a new hire.

    Employees – generally work for one employer, work hours set by the employer, work at the employer’s place of business, receive company benefits, work under the control and direction of the employer, complete tasks as set by the employer, receive special training from the employer in order to do a better job and several other criteria.

    Independent Contractors – tend to provide services to more than one company, set their own hours, work from their home or office, work relatively independently, decide how they are going to complete the task, have acquired their own specialized skills and education and again several more criteria to bolster their case as an independent contractor.

    So, if you work from home, for one employer, set your own hours and complete the task as prescribed by the employer – what are you?  It’s not so easy to tell.  But, be warned that if you deem that person to be an independent contractor and the IRS decide otherwise you may be looking at some “penalties” in the form of payroll taxes, increased costs for workers compensation insurance, and other costs associated with hiring an employee.

    We also learned about mileage expense (it varies), minimum wage (it’s going up again next year), and 1099s.  Maybe you should issue a 1099 to your plumber?!

    About Granite Payroll Associates

    Located at 176 Granite Street, Quincy, just outside of Quincy Center. Granite Payroll has been in business since 2004. A full service payroll firm servicing over 400 small to medium size businesses on the South Shore of Boston. Granite Payroll offers online, employee self service, time clocks, email, fax or phone to its clients to submit their payrolls. Granite Payroll’s dedicated staff have over twenty years of payroll experience.

    Photos by Steve Nelson of FayFoto Boston.

    About The Greater Boston Business Network

    The Greater Boston Business Network was founded with the goal of promoting business growth within the network through the exchange of ideas, leads, and information. We all meet as a group once a week, but also regularly schedule one-on-one conversations in which two members meet over coffee, lunch, or what-have-you to talk about their goals, share experiences, and often plan how they can work together to build more business for both of their companies.

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  • Practical Information About Business Entities: Barry Fox from Brecher, Wyner, Simons, Fox and Bolan

    2015-12-16_b-fox_3Barry Fox from Brecher, Wyner, Simons, Fox and Bolan gave us all some useful information on how to own a business, a home, or rental property.  And, the answer involves the law, taxes and insurance. First, it’s perfectly fine to own your home in your personal name. But, you should file a “Homestead” for your property. This protects the homeowner up to $500,000 against any claims brought against the homeowner. And, if you’re 62 or over you can double that coverage with an “elderly” provision in the law.

    As a business owner, you can own your business as a C-Corp (for larger entities), an S-Corp, an LLC, a sole proprietorship, a partnership or a non-profit. Each of these entities has advantages and disadvantages. The business owner is looking to protect himself and limit his liability in the event of a lawsuit but also to pay the least amount of taxes and fees. For example, the C-Corp protects the business owner from liability but creates double taxation for the owners. An LLC and the S-Corp also protects for liability but the LLC costs $500/yr. in filing fees to maintain while the S-Corp is less in filing fees but more in administrative costs – having meetings, records and documents to maintain its’ status as a business entity. And, then you have taxes to consider!

    2015-12-16_b-fox_1Rental property could be owned in an LLC or a Trust. Both protect against liability but the Trust costs less to create and maintain and is therefore the preferred way to operate.

    In all cases insurance plays a key role in protecting your assets. Whether you own a home, rental property or a business it’s best to maintain high limits of liability. Also, in all cases it’s best to consult an attorney, an accountant and an insurance agent to find the best solutions for your business entity.

    Photos by Steve Nelson of FayFoto Boston.

    About The Greater Boston Business Network

    The Greater Boston Business Network was founded with the goal of promoting business growth within the network through the exchange of ideas, leads, and information. We all meet as a group once a week, but also regularly schedule one-on-one conversations in which two members meet over coffee, lunch, or what-have-you to talk about their goals, share experiences, and often plan how they can work together to build more business for both of their companies.

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  • Please Join the GBBN on Nov. 4, 2015 at Atria Marina Bay for Free, Networking Breakfast Meeting

    atria-marina-place-01Please join us! Wednesday, November 4 from 7 am to 8 am, the Greater Boston Business Network will be meeting at Atria Marina Place Senior Living/Assisted Living Facility in Marina Bay. The address is 4 Seaport Blvd, Quincy, MA 02171.

    Contact at Atria is Randy Veraguas.

    We look forward to seeing you there!

    The Greater Boston Business Network was founded with the goal of promoting business growth within the network through the exchange of ideas, leads, and information. We all meet as a group once a week, but also regularly schedule one-on-one conversations in which two members meet over coffee, lunch, or what-have-you to talk about their goals, share experiences, and often plan how they can work together to build more business for both of their companies.

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  • Myths about ADHD by Matt Reid from the In Place

    2015-10-28_gbbn_m-reid_3Do you have ADHD? (approximately 10% of us do)  Do you even think there is ADHD?  Despite all of the medical evidence, case studies and research, there are still those among us who believe that ADHD does not exist (Myth #1).  Try telling that to Matt Reid!  To those non-believers in ADHD, Matt certainly provided a very compelling argument of its’ existence as well as debunking 9 other myths about ADHD.

    Myth #2 – You’re just lazy, unmotivated, stupid, undisciplined, or weak:  ADHD is NOT a character flaw, it’s a chemical imbalance.

    Myth #3 – Everyone has some ADHD:  Everyone has moments of inattention or hyperactivity but that does not equate to ADHD.

    Myth #4 – ADHD is a childhood disorder – If you have ADHD as a child, your chances are approximately 85% of having it is an adult.  You may have different or better strategies as an adult to combat ADHD but you still have it.

    Myth #5 – ADHD mostly effects boys – The evidence does show more boys with ADHD but it’s more in the ratio of 2-1 (boys) than what people believe to be a much higher ratio.

    Myth #6 – All ADHD people are hyperactive – The best estimate is that 48% of ADHD people are hyperactive.  More are inattentive and girls with ADHD are more apt to talk excessively than to be hyperactive.

    Myth #7 – Your kids just need more discipline and less sugar:  Diet is minimally important.  People with ADHD need more structure and like all people respond far better to rewards than to punishment.

    Myth #8 – He doesn’t have ADHD because he can play soccer or the guitar for hours:  We produce more dopamine when we’re interested or engaged in something we like.  Without it the brain just shuts off.

    Myth #9 – Medication is evil, a crutch or a band aid for bad parenting:  The sad news here is that although medication is very helpful and useful in treating ADHD, a full 87% of people choose NOT to adhere to the medical advice to use medication to treat their ADHD.

    Myth #10 – Stimulants are dangerous and are very addictive:  To the contrary, stimulants bring the addictive behavior of ADHD people into the “normal” realm of the general population.

    2015-10-28_gbbn_m-reid_1Suffice to say that ADHD is a brain disorder.  The neurotransmitters and/or synapses between the neurons of the brain are not functioning properly.

    But, please believe, ADHD does exist! Matt Reid is real and he treats real people with real ADHD!

    Photos by Steve Nelson of FayFoto Boston.

    About The Greater Boston Business Network

    The Greater Boston Business Network was founded with the goal of promoting business growth within the network through the exchange of ideas, leads, and information. We all meet as a group once a week, but also regularly schedule one-on-one conversations in which two members meet over coffee, lunch, or what-have-you to talk about their goals, share experiences, and often plan how they can work together to build more business for both of their companies.

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  • Member Presentation — Jerry Forde of Simpletek

    gbbn_2015-05-27_01Jerry Forde, owner and operator of Simpletek, was our presenter this morning and we learned (or were reminded) just how important our computers are to our business operations. Jerry started Simpletek here in Quincy about 12 years ago. He is a graduate of UMASS and has years of experience as a software engineer leading all the way up to chief technology officer with a major company. But, the long hours and constant travel led him away from corporate life and to his own technology company. Simpletek now has 175 clients including the Town of Kingston and is fast approaching the need for additional personnel. A good problem to have but nonetheless a situation that Jerry must give some serious thought. gbbn_2015-05-27_02

    So, what is Simpletek? It is a technology company providing a wide array of computer solutions for companies with 1 to 100 machines. Most computer problems are system related which is exactly where Jerry’s background and experience lies. Although Jerry provides complex solutions for his clients, the service itself is very basic – provide a safe internet connection, insure proper backup, have a plan, and execute that plan in the most cost efficient manner.

    gbbn_2015-05-27_04The other important factor in most businesses and certainly in Jerry’s is “trust”. There is a lot of behind the scenes work being done to keep your machines running properly. Most business owners usually have no idea what work is involved to maintain your machines and keep them running smoothly. Sometimes the owner may wonder just why he’s paying Jerry since his machines don’t have any problems!

    Last but not least, Jerry’s favorite part of the job is his consulting work. It is likely that if Jerry visited your office, he would find some inefficiencies. That could be security issues or simply the way you do your printing. What do you think Jerry would find in your office?

    Photos by Steve Nelson of FayFoto Boston.

    The Greater Boston Business Network was founded with the goal of promoting business growth within the network through the exchange of ideas, leads, and information. We all meet as a group once a week, but also regularly schedule one-on-one conversations in which two members meet over coffee, lunch, or what-have-you to talk about their goals, share experiences, and often plan how they can work together to build more business for both of their companies.

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  • GBBN Meeting Minutes — May 20, 2015

    Members attending:  Bob Clark, Patrick O’Donnell, John McManus, Emily Trask, Matt Reid, Steve Nelson, Andy Emanuel, Greg Robertson, Barry Fox, Gerry Forde, Mark O’Sullivan and Frank Keaney.

    We had an “interesting” morning today as our members all had something interesting to say:

    Frank K. – there’s a new a new law in MA – If your wipers are on you must also have your headlights on!

    Matt R. – is slowly getting back into championship form in the Frisbee competitions. But, it came with a

    price in the form of a pulled calf muscle.

    John M. – daughter will be attending a week at Stonehill College for a Leadership program.

    Gerry F. – won the 1v1 basketball tournament on his recent cruise. Who says he’s too old!

    Andy E. – will be heading to San Francisco to visit his daughter and has a date to visit the St. Francis

    Yacht Club.

    Greg R. – is doing some great work overseas – business has tripled!

    Emily T. – is working with a non-profit group in Burlington to hopefully establish the month of May in

    MA as the month of “Kindness and Giving”.

    Steve N. – had a challenging photo shoot with a university class reunion.

    Bob C. – is seeing lots of “weekend warriors,” those people are lifting, swinging. and running, in his

    office. And, best of luck at the state championship rugby tournament this weekend Coach!

    Barry F. – real estate is getting very busy so “don’t die, he’ll get back to you next week”!

    Patrick O’D. – 90% of home sales are selling at or above full price on the first day!

    Mark O’S. – has a new director at his office to propel his company forward and a new software program

    to help consolidate all of your documents called E-money.

    The Greater Boston Business Network was founded with the goal of promoting business growth within the network through the exchange of ideas, leads, and information. We all meet as a group once a week, but also regularly schedule one-on-one conversations in which two members meet over coffee, lunch, or what-have-you to talk about their goals, share experiences, and often plan how they can work together to build more business for both of their companies.

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