Keeping the Entrepreneurial Dream Alive

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SmartStart Giving Co-founders Alex Mandossian and Linda M. Lopeke team up with BNI Founder and Chairman Dr. Ivan Misner to continue giving to entrepreneurs on October 31 micro-fundraising call

The number one sin of electronic marketing is building a web site instead of building a business

Alex Mandossian and Linda M. Lopeke, co-founders of SmartStart Giving, and Dr. Ivan Misner, BNI Founder and Chairman, share a common bond - their belief that givers gain. They'll team up for the SmartStart Giving monthly micro-fundraising call October 31 at 11:00 am Eastern and end the call by announcing the next three winners in Mandossian's $3.6 million dollar giveaway project launched earlier this month.

The October 31st winners will join the first six entrepreneurs to benefit from the new giving project. Cathy Perkins, Nate Scott, Dr. Kerry Tilton, Carol Ann Wagner, William Young and Sandra Dean each won a custom-designed business development program that includes a year of bi-weekly private coaching and professional management consulting to help them create and build strong businesses - a gift from SmartStart program creator Lopeke.

Like Misner, Mandossian is committed to doing whatever he can to support entrepreneurs in achieving their business dreams here and in the developing countries of the world. In just 6 months the innovative SmartStart Giving micro-fundraising model raised so much money for that they ran out of entrepreneurs to loan it to when the funds were ready for allocation and distribution last month.

Misner, deemed the Father of Modern Networking by CNN, started BNI in 1985 and has watched it become the world's largest networking organization. In the last year alone BNI generated 5.5 million referrals representing $2.2 billion of business for its members. Through the BNI-Misner Foundation, he is fulfilling a mission to improve the business of tomorrow with education today.

Mandossian's latest giving initiative, the SmartStart Business Success Virtual Mentoring Program, makes it easy and affordable for any entrepreneur or new business owner to get the training and professional support needed to create a successful business. "The number one sin of electronic marketing is building a web site instead of building a business" says Lopeke. The comprehensive program makes professional management consulting and coaching as well as unlimited training available to entrepreneurs and new business owners for $49 a month, well below market cost of approximately $300,000 for equivalent professional services.

To get on the list and find out how to qualify for the new giving project register at The next three program winners will be drawn live on the October 31 call; three more winners will be selected November 7, and the final three on November 28.

About Alex Mandossian: Mandossian is a leading authority on leveraging the marketing power of the internet.

About Linda M. Lopeke: Lopeke is an internationally recognized business strategist and management consultant and the creator of the award-winning SmartStart Mentoring Programs.

SmartStart Giving is an internet-based philanthropy program supporting entrepreneurs around the world. Register for upcoming events and the giveaway program at .


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