Networking For Leads

Need a good source for Franchise leads? Frank Agin (Networking Expert) says, “Look no further than your own network of contacts”.

In Part 1 of our series: Networking for Franchise Leads, we had a chance to talk with Frank Agin (Founder of AmSpirit Business Connections). AmSpirit is a Franchise that brings entrepreneurs, sales agents & professionals together to help them with growing a successful business through networking.

LISTEN in to this session to between John Henning (Verified Franchise Leads) and Frank Agin to learn what you can do to start networking effectively & efficiently for Franchise leads.


Another Networking Guide

Whether you consider it an epiphany or wonderful refresher, it is always nice to stumble upon a brief overview of effective networking practices. From the other side of the pond (so to speak), UK Mark Asquith, co-owner and marketing director at DMSQD, gives insight into how to make the most of networking opportunities. Read on…

AmSpirit Member mentioned in Busines First Best Lawyers in Central Ohio

AmSpirit Business Connections member Gary Batke (B2B Focus Chapter) is a member of Bailey Cavalieri, LLC, was named in Business First’s Best Lawyers in Central Ohio Labor and Employment Lists.  Gary has successfully represented public and private employers of all sizes with respect to labor and employment matters which include harassment litigation, restrictive covenant litigation, wrongful discharge and employment discrimination litigation, union representational matters, collective bargaining negotiations, arbitration hearings, OSHA and prevailing wage matters, and wage-hour disputes.  He also regularly counsels and assists employers regarding a wide range of workplace issues, including policies, contracts, discipline, misconduct investigations, discharge, loss prevention, best practices and management training.  He has published numerous articles on Employment Law, is a member of several organizations and is very active in his community.  Gary can be reached at 614-229-3262 or via email at

Become A Pig … Networking Group Commitment


If you consider a good breakfast – a “bacon-n-eggs” breakfast – there are two farm animals providing for the meal … a chicken and a pig. Of the two, which has a bigger participation? Answer: The pig.

No doubt, the chicken “contributes” to the feast, as she provides the eggs. The pig, however, is “all in,” giving its very life for the spread.

Attorney, David Jackson, of the Business Affinity Chapter and partner at the firm of Carlisle, Patchen & Murphy, uses this quick anecdote as a means for making a point to his Chapter. Jackson reminds his fellow members that if they want a great Chapter, they need to build the Chapter with “pigs” – totally committed entrepreneurs, sales representatives and professionals.

This is a great lesson for everyone in AmSpirit Business Connections. In the context of this little fable, to create great Chapters we should all strive to build our Chapters with committed people, aka P-I-G-S. These are people who will attend (and engage others) consistently, give referrals regularly and continually seek to bring guests to the meeting.

If you are looking for “pigs” to include in the Chapter, the best place to start is with yourself. After all, the easiest way to get the commitment of others is to commit yourself first.

Remember, while a mere contribution is nice, if you want a great Chapter you need to become a “pig’ and then encourage others to do the same.

AmSpirit Member Receives Affiliate of the Year 2012


Heritage chapter  has an outstanding member in  Sherry B. Long.  She is the managing member of the Hilliard office and a partner in Great American Title Agency.  Sherry is active in many organizations and she has been recognized for contributing many hours of service to the Madison County Area Realtors Association.  Realtors and affiliates sponsored many programs in the Madison county area. The realtors and affiliates join together in a Realtor Care Day
at different facilities in the county. At the Arbors of London they helped clean the grounds and planted trees. The nursing home was in need of a grill. Sherry and Karen Mitcham, Concord Mortgage Group, saw the need and bought the nursing home a grill.  Both are members of the Heritage Chapter. Congratulations to Sherry B. Long as Affiliate of the Year 2012.

Breakfast With Business First

Breakfast with Business First

Breakfast with Business FirstNetwork with hundreds of business professionals (and many members of AmSpirit Business Connections) and meet the Columbus Business First staff. For more information or to register go to

Date and Time
Friday, March 8, 2013 7:00 AM
Starr Columbus
301 Obetz Road
Columbus, Ohio 43207
Additional Details
Cost: FREE To Attend

Build Your Network With Business First

Build Your Network with Business First

This workshop is perfect for anyone who would like to brush up on his or her networking skills and learn how to make valuable connections at any networking event. Featuring AmSpirit Business Connections founder, Frank Agin. For information or to register go to:

Date and Time
Tuesday, March 5, 2013 1:30 PM
Columbus Business First
303 W. Nationwide Blvd.
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Additional Details
Cost: $15.00

Networking Success On LinkedIn

Social Media

To be a successful businessperson, you need to network yourself. Great networking, however, requires a multi-faceted attack. There is structured networking like business-referral groups (such as AmSpirit Business Connections), trade association meetings, and other organizations. In addition, there are networking events, like trade shows, business after-hours, and open houses. There is also free-form networking, such as going to lunch with someone, meeting up for coffee, or hitting the golf course.

In the 21st century, however, there is another important facet to great networking. This is taking advantage of social media, such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. If you find that you shy away from networking on social media applications like LinkedIn because you really don’t understand how to make the best use of it, read Networking On LinkedIn For The Successful Businessperson, an article written by author, consultant and founder of the AmSpirit Business Connections franchise opportunity, Frank Agin (

Networking: Feel The Fear

Let’s face it, the number one aversion to professional networking is … not time, but fear. It can seem so intimidating to walk into a room of (many) strangers. As a result, we might not. According to Angela Wild in her blog post Business Networking … Not as Scary as It Sounds, there is less to fear than we might have once, well, feared. Read On!