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July 18, 2023 | Tom Ballard

Time spent on expanding networks can pay big dividends

Atlanta entrepreneur David Cummings describes how he shunned the idea until he read a book that changed his life forever.

The latest column from David Cummings, Founder of Atlanta Tech Village and also Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Atlanta Ventures, is short – just three paragraphs in length, but he packs a lot of advice into it.

“During my early years, I didn’t place much emphasis on expanding my network, engaging in only occasional networking activities,” Cummings writes. He says his perspective changed after reading Keith Ferrazzi’s excellent book, “Never Eat Alone.

Today, he advises entrepreneurs “to be deliberate in cultivating relationships and consistently paying it forward by helping others. By doing so, you not only enrich your own life but also create a positive ripple effect within your network. Start building relationships.”

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