Friday, September 09, 2005

Other Business in Wal-Mart Country

Michael Ball is president of the Conway Networking Advantage, the local chapter of the Business Network International in Arkansas.

The organization is a clearing house for business professionals in a wide variety of fields from accountants to women's fashions. As the organization's FAQ notes:
  1. WHAT is BNI?
    A business marketing program that allows one person from each profession to join a chapter. The sole purpose of the chapter is to increase business through a structured system of giving referrals.
  2. WHERE does BNI meet?
    There are several chapters throughout Arkansas. See the "Find a chapter near you" feature. Contact Us for information on more chapters that are in development!
  3. WHEN does BNI meet?
    Every week, so that members maintain contact and exchange regular referrals. Take a look at the different times the chapters meet in our Chapter directory.
This Michael heads Conway Mail Service.


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Rob and Linda said...

Good morning. I'd have to agree with you - Arkansas has been a very successful place for me to do business. Shocking how an entire industry has built by Walmart suppliers. Thankfully the majority of people I've dealt with in Little Rock have had better taste. It will be very interesting to see how the floating of the Chinese currency affects Sam Walton's organization. Wow, imagine seeing goods in Walmart that were made in America - or virtually any country except China.

By the way, to avoid machine-gerated spam like the comment above check the block spam option on the first page when you log in to Blogster. It adds an easy security step before comments are allowed to be posted.

Mass Marrier said...

Thanks, Rob and Linda. I had some other settings that I thought took care of it. Your note made me root around. The option is in a different place in Blogger -- Settings/Comments/(word verification question), but that is goodness.

As for Arkansas, I have several good friends here in Boston from Little Rock. They have similar views to Sam's shops. They are also refreshingly gracious, welcome anomalies here in Yankeeland.

My own mother turned from a healthy respect for Sam's success and innovation to a distrust of the effects of Wal-Mart. I also dread the homogenization of our shopping choices from such mega-chains.

Do you suppose if profit margins narrow that they might try adding U.S.-made goods to lure customers (and backhandedly putting money in their customers pockets)?