Run a user group? With funding and sponsors a constant challenge, you’re probably always on the lookout for things to help you make your meetings a success. Here are a few ways you can get additional support for your group and for your events.
- Boston User Groups www.BostonUserGroups.org – Get on their monthly calendar to get lots of publicity for your meetings, more. Join Boston User Groups
- GITCA – Global IT Community Association http://www.gitca.org/ - Help with speakers, collaboration with other groups, more.
- User Group Support Services https://www.technicalcommunity.com – Microsoft Support includes cash to pay for food (or whatever) “kit” of goodies to give away, more.
- Dan Stolts – Hey, don’t forget about me. If you are in New England and running an IT Professional group, I would love to help. If you are outside the North East, I can put you in touch with others at Microsoft that may be able to help
- Pluralsight has also been quite generous to user groups in terms of training opportunities and discounts.
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Fortunately, many publishers have great relationships with the user group community and have established programs through which you can receive promotional copies of books and other items to use as giveaways or for book review programs.
- O’Reilly User Group & Professional Association Program
- Wrox User Group Program
- Pearson Education User Group Program (Addison-Wesley, Sams, Que, etc.)
- APress User Group Program
- Manning Publications User Group Program
- Peachpit User Group Partners
(Know of any others? Please comment below or contact Dan Stolts. Thanks!)
You get stuff to help the group, and they get visibility in your community. Be certain to take advantage of the opportunity.
Thanks to Chris Bowen for his post on the community programs