How do you feel about the bailout plan being implemented in the U.S.?  I totally agree that we need to stimulate the economy but giving loads of money to so many companies that were obviously poorly run is tough for me to swallow.  That is why the Make a Referral Weekinitiated by Duct Tape Marketing is a “Wow, THAT’s the way to stimulate the economy.”

The goal is to have 1000 referrals made THIS week to small businesses.  You can read the details here.  I’m sure all of you know of a deserving small business and can make a connection for them.

The current # of referrals on Day 2 is nearly 300.  You can join in and help stimulate OUR economy!

Need more incentive to make the referral?  There are FREE events given by sales experts for you to learn more about how you personally can increase your sales this year.  Jill Konrath (a dear friend and master sales expert will present on Friday, March 13th) put together a great list  of  the free Education Series:

Tuesday, March 10
Scott Ginsberg, founder NametagTV on being more referable and Rich Sloan, author of Start up Nation on low-cost referral strategies.

Tuesday March 10 Noon CST
Special live web conference featuring Bob Burg, author of the Go-Giverand Ivan Misner, founder of BNI and Bill Cates, author of Get More Referrals Now.

Wednesday, March 11
Scott Allen, author of the Virtual Handshakeon using social media for referrals and  Andy Sernovitz, author of Word of Mouth Marketing on small business word of mouth strategies.

Thursday, March 12
Ben McConnell, author of Church of the Customer on creating customer evangelists and Pam Slim, author of Escape from Cubicle Nation on Personal Branding

Friday, March 13
Guy Kawasaki, author of Reality Check on the art of the referral and Jill Konrath , author of Selling to Big Companies on customer referral strategies.

What are you waiting for?  Click on over to read the details and participate in this economic stimulus plan!