It’s a private directory that these remarkable people I call Sugarmaples can use to find one another. For some of them, It’s also a place online to converse and collaborate, but it’s not meant to be a social network. We have enough of those.
I’m doing it by hand.
The purpose of Sugarmapl.es is to connect Sugarmaples to one another. Restricting introductions to Sugarmaples is the only way I know to make sure that each introduction will lead to a great relationship. It doesn’t mean Sugarmapl.es can’t have great relationships with other people. I simply don’t know how to ensure that those introductions will work out.
No. SugarMapl.es is supported by a unique business model. (See the next question.)
The business model is similar to what I used successfully in my now-retired consultancy. Sugarmapl.es charges a simple 7% fee on any services or goods happily sold by one member to another.
There are a number of sensible exceptions. See the “When does the fee not apply?” FAQ entry.
If you hire another Sugar Maple to be on your staff, full-time, the referral fee to SugarMapl.es will be 7% of that hire’s first year annual salary.
If you sell services to another Sugar Maple, you’ll pay SugarMapl.es 7% of what you made from the engagement.
If you sell a hose, a horse, or a house to another Sugar Maple, you’ll pay SugarMapl.es 7% of the sale price.
If you sell a product or service to another member, and the experience doesn’t put a smile on your face, there’s no fee.
If you feel the transaction would have occurred even if you’d never met through Sugarmapl.es, there’s no fee.
If you already had a relationship with the person prior to joining Sugarmapl.es, there’s no fee.
If you sell services to another Sugarmaple and are in a field such as the law or fiduciary financial advisory services, there’s no fee.
There are indeed fields – such as the law and fiduciary financial advisory services – that don’t allow paying of commissions. For these folks, there’s no fee.
There are in-person events but, in keeping with my commitment to avoid any participation requirement, they are 100% optional.
First, if you’ve had a chance to read about me, you know that I’m bordering-on-obsessed with the short film The Man Who Planted Trees. So, clearly that’s an influence. Next, I grew up in New Jersey, where Sugar Maples are a big component of the beautiful autumns. Lastly, a Sugar Maple, to the casual observer, is just another tree. But underneath there’s that sweet sap.
If you’re an invitee, I hopefully remembered to send you a link to the list.