I was checking Twitter a few weeks ago, and came upon a curious message. A fellow social media consultant was heading home on a commute, and gave out his cell phone number if someone wanted to call him. I thought so much of the approach that I picked up the phone and rang Shashi Bellamkonda, a consultant with Network Solutions.
My conversation with Shashi lasted about thirty minutes, and we talked about setting up a small business seminar in St Louis this June or July.
The idea is to have a evening networking event for St Louis Small Business and blogger/twitter community. We have an hour of networking and an hour of a keynote speech. The best way to this would be to bring in the local business journal, the local paper, the regional chamber, and maybe even several large companies from St. Louis.
Shashi's company has a local presence (they purchased Monster Commerce in Belleville a few years ago), and their latest push is turnkey websites for small business. If you're interested in helping set this up, or have ideas for spaces to meet (especially if you already have a place to meet), drop me a line in the comments or on e-mail. Our goal is to get small business owners and vendors together in downtown St. Louis this summer.