Small Business Samaritans Featured Friday
Next Meeting: May 19, 2023 - 8am Friday
SBS Featured Friday meetings are hosted by Phillip Saxton. Mr. Saxton says, “Business owners need an organization that is dedicated to their success. It is absolutely necessary for business owners to grow, be encouraged and interact with fellow business owners to discuss ideas and challenges of day to day operations.”
SBS Featured Friday is a small business networking group that meets each Friday at 8am. We started our meetings in Dacula, GA and after several years, moved to The 1818 Club in Duluth Georgia. Because of the current COVID-19 crisis, we started having Zoom meetings. In 2023, along with our Zoom meetings, we will have four in person gatherings. These in-person gatherings will not only promote business development, but are also designed for business owners and operators to have fun.
Over the years, hundreds of business owners have benefited from attending our weekly one hour meetings. Our meetings are free. To receive an invite to attend, complete the ‘contact us’ form and include your email address.
Featured Friday Gold Membership.
This year, in 2023, we are introducing a new level of networking service that will provide those that take advantage, new features and benefits.
- Use of SBS Featured Friday memberships in various locations. We have access to meeting spaces for your special meetings and sales presentations.
- Use of special catering rates negotiated for SBS Featured Friday for your special events.
- Two (2) hours of business consulting.
- One hour review of your marketing plan/materials.
- Attendance at our quarterly business fun events including your guests.
- Free Attendance at our business seminars.
All this for the low price of $250/calendar year. Ask about our introductory offer.
Hundreds of business owners have benefited greatly from regular attendance and participation in SBS FF.
SBS FF Value
The value of Small Business Samaritans Featured Friday is to provide a mental space & platform for business owners to come together, discuss business issues, fellowship, network and to take on the responsibility to pray and encourage our fellow business associates. In each of our meetings, we think hard about how each business person can be enhanced & helped. We encourage participants to join in on our weekly mission to enhance the lives of others and dedicate ourselves to their business success.
- Opening Prayer & Breakfast (For our Zoom Meetings – Feel free to have your coffee)
- Teaching/Sharing Moment: Each meeting is about growing and learning business concepts
- Featured Presentation – ‘SBS TED Talks Preparation – The 3rd Pearl & Execution
- Each attendee share: Networking
- Closing Prayer
We encourage participants to invite others to attend and join in on our weekly mission to enhance the lives of others and dedicate ourselves to their business success.
You may use these meetings to invite a potential client or friend to participate and enjoy our meetings. Use this meeting as part of your marketing program.
SBS FF Attendance is FREE. Memberships are also available which include many more benefits.
We network, share common interests; learn business principles and provide a platform for people to share how God has impacted their lives and businesses.
SBS FF 2023 Theme: ‘
‘Why walk alone when you can walk with a friend? Our promise is to help one another’.
Business people are called
The meetings are denominationally inclusive and politically neutral and geared to business people sharing their faith in Jesus Christ and how that works in the marketplace. You do not have to be a Christian to attend, we just want people to know that we use Christian principles in business discussions. We believe that all business entrepreneurs are called by God to provide goods and services to our community. Businesses are to provide economic support and jobs for people living in the community. You do not have to be a Christian or even believe in God to start and operate a business. God uses all of us in the accomplishment of his purposes.
Many of our meetings feature a personal testimony. Join business owners and managers for our expanded teaching & fellowship events.
We expect to continue to have Zoom meetings well into 2024 because of the convenience and protection from COVID. We will plan on having in person fellowships and meetings during 2023. These in-person meetings will be announced.
Dear God, there are times when you intervene in our lives in wonderful and extraordinary ways. When you have never walked in a pool of water, it does not occur to you to wear boots. We thank you for the opportunity to focus on your thoughts and your will. For unlike what most think, you have everything in hand, and I am so happy that you let some participate. Amen.
17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:
18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, – Ephesians 1:17-19
“Listening to stories and telling them helped our ancestors to live humanly—to be human. But somewhere along the way our ability to tell (and to listen to) stories was lost. As life speeded up, as the possibility of both communication and annihilation became ever more instantaneous, people came to have less tolerance for that which comes only over time.” – Ernest Kurtz, (1935-2015), Harvard-trained scholar.
Weekly Teaching Moment
2023 will be a year of accomplishment. Our theme this year is: ‘Why Walk Alone When you can walk with a Friend’.
Phillip Saxton – ‘SBS TED Talks – Preparation – 3rd Pearl’
The successful entrepreneur role is to recite from memory, on great occasions, the oral chronicles of their business including products & services. They are expected not merely to share their business narrative, but to endow their SBS TED Talk with the power of language and performance producing a following and increased consciousness.
You begin with an attraction to gain undivided attention and develop your talk with the every increasing addition of pearls on a string which results in a beautiful piece that is memorable.
Your talk exists as a fusion of three distinct layers: The narrative framework or overarching “master text”: This framework is composed of structured episodes, and it is the narrator’s immediate task to recall these in appropriate sequence. He/she is at liberty to expand on them in whatever way best suits the context of performance and the character of the audience, employing in the process a number of formulaic devices not only as props to memory but as building blocks in the recreation of the epic. How you arrange these pearls and the sequence of them depends on your audience.
The other two generic layers derive from the condition of oral performance mentioned above: the digressive recitation of “stories” composed independent of the “master text” that can be inserted where needed or where traditionally they need to appear. These can be selected based upon sharing experiences that address or meet a know business need.
The third layer of recitations are performed as autonomous pieces. Performance of the epic is highly rhythmic, with breath stops, often accentuated by tonal patterns. To these affects must be added movement and gesture, with which the narrator dramatizes action or provides a visual delineation of character—extraliterary aspects of epic performance that evoke the direct relationship of the griot to his audience.
You end with a great climax that leave your audience with the desire to hear it again.
“Think memorable thoughts. In a primarily oral culture, to solve effectively the problem of retaining and retrieving carefully articulated thought, you have to do your thinking in mnemonic patterns, shaped for ready oral recurrence. Your thought must come into being in heavily rhythmic, balanced patterns, in repetitions or antitheses, in alliterations and assonances, in epithetic and other formulary expressions, in standard thematic settings…, in proverbs which are constantly heard by everyone so that they come to mind readily and which themselves are patterned for retention and ready recall, or in other mnemonic forms. Serious thought is intertwined with memory systems.” – Characteristics of Orality From Orality and Literacy by Walter J. Ong
TED is a nonpartisan nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 110 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.