In October and November, we have the privilege of helping to promote the launch for an exciting new website – that is the brainchild of Barbara Weaver Smith. If you are in business and if you want to take your business to the next level – even in these uncertain and tough economic times – you should visit, no you need to visit and join her website.
We are looking for blogs, radio shows, newsletters, and other venues that reach business people who want to attract and succeed with larger customers. If you think your business is too small to work with a “whale” or a big customer, you owe it to yourself to check out the site and to follow this virtual tour. You can register for a free account on
and take a look around.
To learn more about the topics we will discuss during the tour, visit
The Whale Hunters is introducing Pier9, a new online community for entrepreneurs, small business owners, executives, and sales representatives who want to grow their business fast by making bigger sales to bigger customers.
“It’s a place to gather; it’s a place to launch. It’s called Pier9 for The Whale Hunters 9-phase process. Whale hunters come here to make camp, sharpen their tools, scout their whales, and launch their boats with help from other whale hunters on the pier.”
Pier9 offers a wide variety of resources for small business development: articles, podcasts, recorded teleconferences and webinars, blog, and new material produced daily and available 24/7. At Pier9 members can check the calendar of upcoming events, both virtual events and face-to-face events in their local communities, hosted by a Whale Hunters Certified Partner, located in many major markets throughout the United States and soon to be introduced in Europe.
A key feature is the very robust member profile in which members can list big companies they have pitched and big companies that they would like to pitch. As membership grows, this peer network of deal-makers will be able to provide priceless information and assistance to one another. The deal-coaching features also include “Ask An Expert”, where The Whale Hunters experts will respond to specific question s from members, and “Coach and Connect” – the member forum for discussing deals.
It is a subscription-based service. Free (basic) membership offers limited access plus pay-as-you-go webinars while premium membership ($29.95 per month or $299 per year) offers free access to all existing and upcoming articles, podcasts, and webinars plus a discount on books and training packages.
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Founder & President of The Whale Hunters
Dr. Barbara Weaver Smith, founder and president of The Whale Hunters®, has an exceptional leadership background that began in higher education and successfully transitioned to entrepreneurship. With partner Larry Smith, she built the consulting firm Smith Weaver Smith, Inc., now celebrating 15 years of significant achievement in the education and economic sectors. Career highlights include serving as a dean at Ball State University, president of the Indiana Humanities Council, and founder of two thriving companies. Dr. Smith has led more than 50 complex collaborations involving business, government, higher education, and not-for-profits. These partnerships created new ventures in economic development, education, and regional planning that resulted in millions of dollars in private and public investment. Through that work, Dr. Smith perfected a transformational, collaborative process that dramatically accelerates an organization’s growth trajectory.
In 2004, Dr. Smith founded The Whale Hunters to bring this proven change-management process to small and mid-sized companies. Dr. Smith guides entrepreneurs, CEOs, and sales leaders with education, peer coaching, and team training on this winning process that has helped transform more than 300 companies and counting.
As a renowned author of Whale Hunting: How to Land Big Sales and Transform Your Company (Wiley: 2008), Winning Whales with an RFP (2009), Whale Hunting Women (2002), and Riding the Whale (2010), Dr. Smith is also an influential business leader and respected keynote speaker at events throughout the country.