Building Your Own Power Team


(Photo: Tracy Stroderd)

When you’re starting a small business, there are many decisions to be made and developing a network of trusted professionals you can engage with regularly can truly help. Learning from others entrepreneurial journeys can assist you in making better decisions, and creating a solid referral network can enrich your own business development pipeline.

You must be cautious however, when forming a new network of business professionals. There are occasionally others that don’t have your best interest at heart. This week, one of our IGNITE graduates – Tracy Stroderd – talks about such an experience she encountered when forming her own network of peers. Her experience doesn’t mean you should be afraid to network and form professional alliances – just always be sure to proceed with care.

Click Here to read Tracy’s column in this week’s FLORIDA TODAY Business Section.

Blog post written by Beth Gitlin, Women’s Business Center

The original article, written by Tracy Stroderd, appeared in FLORIDA TODAY on September 22, 2014 – The Edge: Proceed with caution in organizing ‘power team’


About Author

Reneé Couperthwaite is the Employer Relations Coordinator for Career Management Services. She started with Florida Tech in 2008 at the Women’s Business Center (later renamed weVENTURE), managing the training programs, marketing efforts, and corporate events. She then moved on to Career Management Services to assist Florida Tech students and alumni reach their career goals through employer networking events. She is very driven by the success of others and is enthusiastic about helping people. Reneé earned her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration/Marketing at Florida Institute of Technology in May 2015.

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