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founded January 1, 2016, as a business initiative

in·i·ti·a·tive  [iˈniSH(ē)ədiv]

 ADJECTIVE:
5. of or relating to formal admission or acceptance into a club or other group
6. serving to set in motion or initiate; introductory; beginning:
NOUN:
1. the ability to assess and initiate things independently   synonyms: self-motivation · resourcefulness · inventiveness
2. the power or opportunity to act or take charge before others do:
3. an act or strategy intended to resolve a difficulty or improve a situation; a fresh approach to something  synonyms: plan · scheme · strategy · stratagem · measure
4. (the initiative) a procedure by which a specified number of voters may propose statute, constitutional amendment, or ordinance, and compel popular vote on its adoption.

the100 objective: a variety of opportunities, without pressure or obligation. 100% initiative

our process

Hello, I'm Kurt mcsparron, project founder and director of the100.  this position allows me the humble distinction of meeting many of our areas best CEOs, Presidents and owners on a daily basis. From the most successful, long-standing businesses, to the struggling, striving and growing ventures, I'm available for each of our Members, to...

answer everyday questions

make time-saving referrals

make valuable introductions

illustrate common challenges

develop profitable ideas

and discover practical solutions to their business issues

...through our experienced network of owners and serial entrepreneurs.  As Members of the100, you have, essentially, hired me for 1 year as a "go-to" resource and a business support officer, to add more time to your schedule and more profit to your bottom line!

Members (and prospective Members), click the Calendly link above to schedule appointments anytime that fits your schedule and as often as you'd like. Calendly shows you my available times and allows you to choose a day/time that best fits your schedule, with no need to confirm your appointment with me. You pick the time and I simply show up. 

Let's get together and talk about your business!

Call or text me at 701.541.1073 during normal hours (6am-9pm). email me anytime kurt@the100.work 

the top 10 initiative actions

"How do I get the most value from my Membership in the100?"

"Kurt, what are other Members doing to get their return on investment?"

1) be active in our PRIVATE, MEMBERS-ONLY FACEBOOK GROUP

simply clicking "like" puts your name in front of other Members.
Also, post your own promotions, events or business questions. 
Remember, only our Members can see our private page. If you're not on Facebook, give me a call and let me help you get started.

2) contact me everyday, for introductions, ideas or solutions

Those introductions lead to interaction with other Members.
Having a situation?...let me know if i can help (or find someone who can).
(obviously, the more that you're in the front of my mind, the more that i'm promoting you to the other Members)

3) make time for our weekly Wednesday lunch. 12-1pm

usually 5-10 Members show up each week and we casually get to know each other. Locations are updated on our Calendar page and on Facebook.

4) make time for our monthly executive events

Each quarter, we will host a 3hr "Best Practices" breakfast event at the Avalon, a 2hr specific topic luncheon at the Avalon (both events open to the entire F-M business community) and a 2hr Members-only social event (just for fun).

5) be a panelist/featured speaker at our executive events

The panelists are always our Members. You get a free opportunity to promote yourself, your business and give back to the group. I am looking for panelists and topics for our 2017 line-up.

6) Host a Member Social at your business

7) Host a 5-10 Member presentation event

8) Host an Open House at your business

9) reach out to our Members for consultations

10) share ideas and suggestions to grow our project

So far, we have had Members form partnerships, collaborate on projects, secure large accounts, as well as save time and money by taking advantage of this network!

I'm trying everyday to put out a buffet of the best businesses and owners in the area...but you have to come up and grab your plate!

THANK YOU...sincerely to each you and keep the ideas coming! Kurt

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the top 7 benefits of holding a seat

1) leadership development

  • Meet the Fargo-area's best business owners, executives, serial entrepreneurs and community leaders
  • discuss best practices
  • share solutions
  • develop ideas
  • create collaborations
  • tools, tips and tactics

2) high-level networking

  • weekly lunches at Member-owned restaurants
  • quarterly breakfast discussions at the Avalon
  • quarterly luncheon briefings at the Avalon
  • quarterly socials at Member businesses
  • Member to Member introductions (ask me)
  • private, Members-Only Facebook group

3) business promotion

  • listing and links on this site
  • Facebook promotion public and private
  • special pricing from marketing Members
  • promotional handouts, direct to Members
  • featured speaker opportunities at our events
  • referral from Members and myself

4) business stability or traction

  • achieving or maintaining well-managed, sustained growth
  • no downsizing or unwilling closures by Members
  • getting the right people in the right seats
  • implementing proven processes

5) increased profits/reduced costs

  • additional revenue through sales to Members
  • decreased costs through savings from Members
  • discovering hidden profits
  • saving time
  • avoiding the "rabbit-holes" from others' experiences

6) owner wellness = company wellness

  • attitude
  • communication
  • focus
  • inspiration

7) have some fun!

  • we celebrate success
  • share experiences
  • we learn from and sometimes, laugh at mistakes

the100 Fargo Executives and the100 Ag Executives are comprised of the areas best private business owners, structured as a tool for camaraderie and collaboration, as well as commerce within its' Membership.

the100 has very little requirement on the part of its' Members;  a minimal annual Membership fee and a minimal expectation to make things happen. no required meetings;  no obligations;  no mandatory leads;  just initiative.

"We hear so much about the greed of business. Well, frankly, I'd like to hear a little more about the courage, generosity, and creativity of business.

I'd like to hear it pointed out that entrepreneurs don't have guaranteed annual incomes. Before they can turn a profit, they must anticipate and deliver what consumers want. They must risk their money with investments.

The truth is, before entrepreneurs can take, they must give. And business begins with giving.

Wouldn't it be nice to hear a little more about the forgotten heroes of America ‐‐ those who create most of our new jobs, like the owners of stores down the street; the faithfuls who support our churches, synagogues, schools, and communities; the brave men and women everywhere who produce our goods, feed a hungry world, and keep our families warm while they invest in the future to build a better America?

That's where miracles are made, not in Washington, D.C."

President Ronald Reagan
June 22, 1983

"Time and money spent in helping others to do more for themselves, is far better than mere giving." - Henry Ford

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