One early Sunday morning, a question came to a man as he sat in the balcony of church with his family, "how can I help the church and all of the people of this world survive this difficult economy."
As he sat listening to the sermon, the story of Noah's Arc was mentioned, and then the answer came, "build them a platform that would allow them to come together, support each other, and get through this difficult time".
A very basic idea really, he thought. Almost like creating an Arc, but made for businesses.
So that night, after the kids went to bed, he began working. 18 hours a day, 6 days a week hoping to create a vehicle that could help millions of people join together and build their business "the old fashion way", through referrals.
From his previous experience, he knew that 70-80% of business came from referrals and past customers, but never had their been a national business system that could easily generate, secure and manage businesses. Most of all, it had to be designed so that it would be FREE for everyone. After all, not only were businesses suffering already, but it was important to remember who gavehim the idea.
He knew he couldn't help everyone, but figured he could help 1,200 people within each zip code by aligning them together. He would accomplish this by dividing each of the roughly 43,000 zip codes in the US into separate business networks. He then divided each zip code network into 400 categories of professionals and only allowing 3 professionals of each category.
He wanted a network of good people. A network of professionals that would all be willing to provide great service and recommend each other whenever possible. This would result in the ability to assist as many as 50 million people.
Six months later, it was complete. An online program that could assist millions of businesses for FREE, following the inspiration he was given to create a way for millions of people to come together, support each other and prosper in these difficult times.
So then, he began telling others: a painter and real estate agent in Bloomington, a speaker and educator from Memphis, a networker from a small town in Virginia and the grassroots effort started. All good people, with the same passion of helping others, and they told a few people, who told a few people, and on and on.
Everyone was amazed at this simple, yet highly effective online platform that allowed businesses to connect with each other for free and allow them to develop a flow of referrals without having to pay for advertising. A system that included a business directory, business network, optimized web page, social network and referral management system all in one.
Just in the last few months, the pace is quickening with thousands signing up, calling it "the next Facebook, but for business." Even Actors, top athletes, major corporations and business leaders are spreading the news of this new business system that all started by a single smart guy at church.
But if you ask him who is the Smart Guy in SmartGuy.com, his response is always the same -
"it's not me, I just followed the idea of a real Smart Guy."