Diversity: embracing small business opportunities for and with all. A Live Twitter Chat with Ramon Ray

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Ramon RayRamon RayWe are running a series of twitter chats on topics of value to all small businesses. We will be doing approximately one per month until the end of the year (with two in October). The first one was on the topic "Market Research: Set your business up for success" and the importance of market research both to a small business starting out and establishing its focus and approach and also to existing small businesses looking to be competitive and understand how to grow.You can see a recap here: Recap of Live Twitter Chat about Market Research for Small Business.

The next one will take place at 3:30 p.m. EST (12:30PM on the West Coast) on Thursday September 11th and you can take part by following the hashtag #YSBAnswers. It will be on the topic 'Diversity: embracing small business opportunities for and with all'. Diversity and minorities of all kinds can be a hot button topic but the reality is that entrepreneurship and small business are at the heart of the belief in opportunity for all that drives a great part of the economic engines in the US and worldwide. We will be having an open discussion with moderated by Owen Linderholm, Editor for Yahoo Small Business with Ramon Ray. Ramon is the Small Business Evangelist for Infusionsoft and a Technology Evangelist for Smallbiztechnology.com. He is passionate about helping small businesses grow by educating them about technology and marketing best practices. Ramon Ray is a best selling author, journalist and free lance writer, event producer, speaker and MC. Ramon's third book is Amazon.com best seller “Facebook Guide to Small Business Marketing”. Ramon has shared the stage with Seth Godin, Daymond John, Guy Kawasaki, Simon Sinek, JJ Ramberg, Peter Shankman and other celebrity entrepreneurs. He interviewed President Obama in the President's first live Google Hangout. Ramon is not just an ivory tower geek, but as a former technology consultant has hands on experience in a variety of technologies including social media, mobile computing, computer networks, online software and more. Ramon’s expertise is technology, marketing and sales (personal branding, networking, business growth).

Please join the chat at 12:30 PM PST on Sept. 11th on @YSmallBusiness and #YSBAnswers and bring your questions! And in the meantime, take a look at Yahoo Small Business Advisor and SparkBusinessIQ.com, powered by Spark Business from Capital One, for ideas and background on small business management in general and market research in particular