People always ask me where I am going to find the top businesses in my city. Well, it is a very simple question to answer. You simply look for them! If you are not able to do this yourself then you might want to consider hiring a consultant who is able to help you locate the top businesses in your city based on the criteria that you set forth. Of course you will have to pay for the service but it can be well worth it when you are able to tap into some of the world-class companies.
The first step to finding the top businesses in your city is compiling a top businesses city list. Compiling a business list is pretty easy. All you have to do is visit Google and type in the words “top businesses in your city.” You will then be presented with a bunch of websites that have information on the top businesses in your city. Once you have gone through each website one by one, you will be able to make an educated decision on which are the top businesses in your city.
When compiling a business list, you will want to keep things simple. Do not try to get too fancy. A top businesses list is simply a list of the top businesses in a certain area. This does not mean that a business that ranks number one on the New York Times business list is the only good business in your town. You just need to make sure that it is on a reputable business list.
Once you have a business list assembled you will want to start investigating. Start with the most obvious areas of business. In my opinion the best way to find out about the businesses in your town is to simply go and knock on their doors. Most businesses appreciate the extra business and will more than likely invite you in for a free look around. Of course you should only knock at the doors of businesses that are at least interested in trying out whatever it is you have to offer them.
Now that you have your list of top businesses in your city it is time to research the companies. Your best bet is to look up the business name in the phone book. You will be able to find their email address as well as a business address. If you do not know the name of a business to seek out the contact information on the website. Many businesses will leave their contact information if they have not heard from you.
After you have done a little bit of research it is time to call all of the businesses. I recommend doing this in person. Ask the owners if they are willing to take a chance with you promoting their business for them. Most businesses are more than happy to do so. They are hoping to receive some form of compensation for letting you advertise their business.
After your shortlist of top businesses it is time to start contacting each of these businesses. Most of the time when you call a business you will get a recorded message telling you that the business is no longer in business or has been taken over by another company. This is why it is important to use recorded messages.
Some businesses may even answer the phone when you call but when you talk to them on the phone they will give you an error message. This could mean that the business is still in business but they have moved on to a new owner. If this is the case then you need to go back to the research stage and re-call until you find the business you want to advertise with.
After you have found a few top businesses in your city, it is important to talk to the owner. Find out why they got into business. Think about what they would like to change and how you can help them. Remember, if you get the opportunity to work with a top business owner then you have found yourself a winner. If you are able to work with a struggling entrepreneur and help them achieve their goals, then you too will be a winner.