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Most entrepreneurs who have founded their companies are in reality fiercely independent and probably border on rebellious if we boil the fat off the bone. But what if you could maintain your independence and be part of something that could resolve the sense of isolation?
One idea, one connection, one relationship, in an instant can change your business, your life, but more importantly it can change the course of history.
Leverage better prices
We are driven to help improve members access to resources and service providers that also are leveraging the groups buying power to deliver an edge to our shareholding members every single day.
We are more powerful together
Part of Empowery's core mission is to help influence large marketplaces like Amazon as well as Government institutions that too often ignore the operations and financial realities that exist for small businesses.
Access our knowledgeable team
The services team is there to help our shareholding members every day from removing the smallest pain point to triaging and solving the most pressing, show-stopping issue.
Inspiration for your next big idea
Empowery is designed to foster a community that helps YOU build your business and provide resources and ideas on different EXIT strategies to actualize wealth creation.
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Membership is by application. We do offer a BRONZE level membership which is oriented towards start ups. This membership level allows smaller members who share our values to leverage a lower tier of membership to help them accelerate their business through the start up stages.
We believe BRONZE members can accelerate their growth and grow into the higher membership levels over time.
So unlike a bunch of the hyperbole laden internet marketing pitches we are not pitching scarcity here. This offer will not expire at midnight.
This is meant to be a forever cooperative to help stand up for eCommerce entrepreneurs anywhere in the world against unfairness, oppression, and other skullduggery that is only becoming too common in the marketplace.
We want more members not less. So we’re not going to tell you to apply before midnight or you’ll turn into a chicken.
However, we do want to remind you that it is very important that OUR values match YOUR values.
Even if an application is submitted and accepted, members can be removed from the group if there is a breach of trust or other action that demonstrates a breakdown of values.
We can not compromise our values and standards for any reason.
Other membership levels starting at SILVER are available for those entrepreneurs who are real achievers and ready to grow their business. This membership level is where the benefits really start to accelerate!
So with those facts in mind, here are some things to consider before you apply:
Empowery has a strict no A-HOLE policy. If you are negative or scarcity-minded, you will be removed from the group.
We like to enjoy our lives and we believe in revelry. When we host events you can expect to have fun!
We enjoy the finer things in life and we believe in abundance, however, at the end of the day this is a business group, and if you take more than you give, you will be removed unceremoniously. Owners and top-level executives of established businesses as well as founders of funded eCommerce startups are invited to join. Regular start ups can apply for the BRONZE level membership as well to get things started off on a solid foundation.
NOTE: BRONZE members have limited benefits, but if you don't initially qualify for Silver we can help you obtain that level using Bronze as a starting point.
There's almost NO challenge in your business that your fellow Empowery members can't solve (and usually in just a few minutes), but you won't get maximum value unless you're willing to be totally transparent and vulnerable.
You must recognize that we all can grow and improve both personally and professionally AND that we must do so to achieve our goals.
We do not welcome those who are boastful, thoughtless, or those who consider themselves “brutally honest.”
Be honest, don’t be brutal. Successful people do successful things and your ability to participate in programs and activities can elevate your game.
Empowery will give you a chance to really EXPERIENCE success, and learn how to live a success filled life, but if you're the kind of person who's only out for number one, then Empowery is not for you.
We have witnessed first hand the forming of partnerships, the genesis of the “NEXT BIG IDEA”, and so much more by connecting entrepreneurs together. You must be willing to engage, participate, and put yourself out there to benefit others. Then you will see the laws of attraction really start paying off!
With relationships, the majority of your success is determined simply by who is willing to say YES.
The extraordinary members, resources, leadership, and team at Empowery will put you in a position to level up.
That's why, to be in Empowery, you need to keep an open mind.
Remember Steve’s Axiom 0: “I don’t know nuthin about nuthin.”
Even after decades of experience and tons of external recognition we start with the premise of, “What can we learn today? What can we give today?"
Your next multi-million-dollar idea could be as simple as a conversation with another member or Empowery resource, but will only be exposed IF you ask good questions and forge real relationships.
If you're still reading this letter then it's safe to assume that you're interested in joining our little band of rebels,
so let's talk about what it's like to be a member of Empowery.
To that end we have established two membership levels that can be applied for as a new member:
BRONZE - This is a low cost membership tier designed to help start ups gain access to a limited range of the Empowery benefits and content with a smaller upfront commitment and/or ongoing costs.
SILVER - For established eCommerce Businesses that have at least $1M in annual revenue. This is the initial membership tier for any new member who is ready to become a shareholding member. Silver members enjoy full access to all benefits becoming immediately available.
This investment is non-negotiable and the rates for joining/on boarding will continue to increase as the membership grows. Rates are subject to change without notice. And to be honest, if Silver membership seems expensive or out of reach, that's probably a good sign that you should start as a Bronze member.
There are critical differences between those two membership tiers, but the Bronze membership is designed to let you start to get exposure to Empowery's combined power and leverage without risk.
For those that are ready to join the movement to change the eCommerce world, the investment is certainly modest.
If the Empowery resources can save you a single mistake or help avoid a single bad hire - you can easily 10x your initial investment.
Do we guarantee anything? No, of course not. It's your business and your own level of engagement that will drive your success. We are just a catalyst towards that end.
You need proven, actionable systems to grow your business and we can help connect you with those resources.
You can develop these yourself, but what will it cost you in valuable time, lost opportunity and lost profits? That's an expensive learning curve... right?
The Empowery conferences are the add on benefit of your Empowery membership. We meet at minimum one time per year (and you are required to attend if you are a SILVER member or higher), but with member participation we may expand those gatherings both in terms of frequency and locations.
We also have ZOOM Meetings every single month. You can attend as many of these as you want LIVE or watch the recordings. We really hope to have you join those calls LIVE as often as possible. As an added bonus, your employees or staff can join in the ZOOM meetings and participate in any of the online training or content sessions. At these meetings we cover current events, new programs, and often include training, presentations, or tips from the leadership team. For live members we also offer time for an ASK ME ANYTHING (AMA) session to give members a consistent way to get questions in front of the leadership and the community.
We don't just sit around talking about untested theories, Empowery members are the "real people" who are in the trenches running multi-million dollar businesses every single day. Empowery members are encouraged to share their victories as well as their embarrassing failures in great detail. You have to be willing to share. If this concept of sharing bothers you, please don't apply. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself. We’re all just people and whether your share is LIVE or pre-recorded, other members will find value in what is shared even if it makes you nervous. More importantly, you must be willing to EXECUTE on the amazing ideas you hear, if not, please don't apply.
"One great idea executed is worth 1000 ordinary ones” - Ryan Diess, DigitalMarketer. Executing on a single strategy you learn can return your entire year's investment in a moment. These moments happen more often than you might imagine. The opportunities to learn from others and even create a copy of a success blueprint from fellow members comes as a result of your engagement, participating, and you deciding to be a leader.
Don’t forget all of the Empowery vetted resources are at your service. Strategic vendors and affiliated vendors will give you the chance to get more for your money.
In addition to powerful members, vendors, advisers, the founders of Empowery ain’t too shabby, either. Steve Simonson and Evan Hackel have decades of first hand experience building small, medium, and even large scale businesses.
Evan and Steve have taken the risk away from coop members by having the management company make all of the required investments, hiring of personal, and keeping all of the liability and headaches away from the members.
Over the years Steve and Evan’s companies have:
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Not everyone is a fit.
You have the the unique opportunity to be part of something that impacts an entire industry.
Imagine 1000 eCommerce entrepreneurs representing billions of dollars of sales on Amazon and on their own websites standing up and saying:
“NO AMAZON. That policy is NOT fair and we’re not going to take it anymore, we’re on strike!”
Imagine the Wall Street Journal headlines 10 years from now about what they might say about the cooperative forcing positive changes on the Amazon marketplace...
Imagine 60 Minutes reporting that the tax collectors are finally implementing policies that are fair and not burdensome to small businesses...
Imaging the future when we work together to make life better for YOU. We are better together.
We love this quote…
“We are all so much together,
but we are all
dying of loneliness.”
- Albert Schweitzer
Relationships and connections in your life and in your business are when the real magic starts to happen.
We live in a world of social media that gives us a false sense of togetherness, but it is not authentic and often results in users feeling MORE alone than without exposure to it.
Connections can create shortcuts that save you pain and without them business can be a hard and a very lonely place.
Empowery is YOUR opportunity to change your life and the direction of your business forever.
You are invited to discover what Empowery can do for you. You are invited to learn about becoming an owner of Empowery.
You are invited to jumpstart your business with unprecedented access to resources and ideas...
i. Empowery is required to hold one annual conference per year.
Typically the annual conference is at the end of Q1 to give the finance team time to record and reconcile the prior years cash back submissions from vendors. The cash back checks are distributed at the annual conference.
ii. The Location and Exact Timing Changes
As a matter of practice Empowery will ask members for their favorite location and the preferred timing for the annual conferences. The member feedback is HIGHLY weighted in the final decision. Once the decision has been reached all members are notified of the exact timing, location, and meeting format. Other ad hoc meetings or events may be organized and the information about those will be shared as it becomes available and relevant to members.
i. Bronze Members
Bronze members can typically find out within 2 business days if their application is accepted and any next steps in the event they are IN!
ii. Silver Members
In general Silver members will find out about their application within 7 business days. However, there may be times that the disposition of an application is delayed or requires further review of the Board of Directors, etc... which can lead to slightly longer notification periods. Be patient, we serve members and we want to be sure the fit is right!
We have a tier of membership for all business sizes. As a co-op, our combined strength is where we shine. Big businesses, small business and everything in-between... the more of us that stand together, the more ears are listening when your business is the one in jeopardy or in need of something.
We already have a small listening ear at Amazon and eBay, the more members we get the louder our combined voices and wouldn't you like Amazon to actually listen when you have a problem. When you stand with us, we stand by you whenever something threatens your business.
When a service provider applies to become a strategic partner, the Empowery Biz Dev team meets with each individually to determine if they are good fit for the co-op culture. We then compare the service provider to their competitors in terms of pricing, range of services, level of customer service provided and other pertinent qualifying factors. We reach out to the eCommerce community to find any with experience with said service provider and accept any references that they provide upon applying. Last we reach out to our existing members and share experiences in our secret Facebook group to help us make the final decision.
i. As a general rule SILVER members should be approaching or already past a 1,000,000 dollar run rate.
SILVER members are in a position to accelerate their growth by leveraging more of the service providers and resources that Empowery has organized and therefore having a sufficient scale to your operations makes the ROI that much faster.
ii. What if I am a Start Up?
Start ups that are funded may also be good SILVER members, but other scrappy start ups are encouraged to look at the BRONZE membership level. Although the services are more limited the cost is inconsequential. This is a good way to start with a solid foundation. To put it in the most simple terms: If your eCommerce company is actively trying to grow and you personally are willing to GIVE to your fellow members then you should apply.
i. Any company seeking to engage or expand in eCommerce may apply
We recognize that all kinds of different companies are trying to understand and engage in serious eCommerce initiatives. So it doesn't matter if you are a product based, service based, online, offline, or other type of business currently as long as you have your sights set on eCommerce in the future.
ii. It Doesn't Matter Where You Came From, It Only Matters Where You Are Going
Empowery is about growing eCommerce businesses. Period. We want to serve those who are the most curious, the most passionate, and therefore the most likely to succeed. It is literally YOUR success that provides our sense of accomplishment.
Our list of freebies on this page is very extensive and its the first place to look for some of the benefits you get out of Empowery. Those are the most tangible, monetized benefits we can measure. However, many of our benefits are intangibles like community, education & training, access to our network of pre-vetted partners and other eCommerce sellers who can benefit you, as well as admin support. Different business get different things out of Empowery, but we try to make each of our intangible benefits worth the monthly shareholding fee on its own. When you add all of the benefits together its clear that we strive to over-deliver.
If you only use ONE BENEFIT, its still worth it and the needs of your business will change overtime and the benefits you use will progress accordingly.
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