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.
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.
(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
Great stuff; also, to bolster tech futher, people can setup "MeetUp groups" in local/regional areas. I find those both informal enough and attractive enough to become a part of. I'm part of several "MeetUp" groups. It's an easy way to setup professional and synergistic groups very quickly in your region. http://www.meetup.com/create/