e101a Academy


The e101 Academy is an education-based membership organization for ambitious and creative professional services entrepreneurs.

The Academy is not another "networking" or "referral" group; it's different. It's a tribe of smart, dedicated, creative and freethinking entrepreneurial professionals who are focused on community, relationships and learning. If that resonates with you, then you're invited to apply for membership in this group of like-minded doers.

Membership is limited to professional services providers whose businesses are pre-launch, early-stage startups, or established businesses.

The Academy offers an advanced array of educational, leadership development, and personal growth options, along with opportunities to develop deep, lifelong, and profitable professional relationships with peers who share your enthusiasm for learning, for business and for life.

The Purposes of the Academy:

  • To create and maintain a shared learning environment for startup and early-stage professional services entrepreneurs.
  • To foster the development of peer relationships that are deeper than those possible with traditional networking groups.
  • To focus on education, the sharing of knowledge and experiences, and mutual help within the peer environment.
  • To provide personal development and leadership development opportunities within the framework of the group.
  • To focus on improvement, not on "success".
What It Is and Who It's For:

  • It is a paid membership group for pre-launch, startup and early-stage professional services entrepreneurs.
  • Entrepreneurship is not a spectator sport and neither is being a member of this group.  Improvement and achievement require participation.  This group is for the active, the smart, the serious, the dedicated, the learners, the creators, the early adopters, the experimenters, the brave and the bold.
  • This group is very exclusive; members must meet certain ongoing membership requirements and must maintain specified levels of active participation in group programs and activities.
  • The group will be limited to 50 members.
What It Isn't and Who It's Not For:

  • It is not a "referral" or "lead exchange" group.  If referrals happen, they will happen organically within the context of the normal functions of the group.
  • It is not a place for the non-serious, the dabblers, lurkers, laggards, loafers, late adopters, daydreamers, spectators, people who think everything should be free, or who are just looking for somebody to sell something to, or who believe that it really is possible to get rich quick.

Membership Benefits Summary:

  • Access to all current and future online courses is included in membership.
  • New study content will be released weekly via online courses, followed by a live online video class to discuss the content.
  • Access to a secret Facebook Group where you can get help and provide help with business and self-development issues.
  • A closed online member directory with access to each member's complete profile.
  • Opportunities to develop relationships with other members and build your own tribe.
  • Optional access to private coaching and other business services at special member rates.
  • Optional access to private, intensive, 10-person Mastermind Groups.

The 12 Cultural Principles:

Every organization of any kind -- business, corporate, social, political, or religious -- has a specific culture built on specific principles. These are ours:


Business is all about relationships.  Life is all about relationships.  And it's better to have a smaller number of deep relationships than a greater number of shallow and casual relationships.  Narrow and deep is better than wide and shallow.


Never-ending learning is the foundation of personal and business improvement.


Critical Thinking

The application of information to the decision process.  Don't just blindly accept what someone else says.  Question everything.  Decide for yourself.  Figure out what works for you.



Think thoughts that you've never thought before.
Imagine things that you've never imagined before.



Be of assistance to other members.  Share knowledge, expertise, and experiences. Ask for assistance from others when you need it.



The ability to think and act using knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense, and insight. You must find your own way rather than adopting someone else's way.


Authenticity and Transparency

Be yourself.  Don't try to be a fabricated persona that you think other people will like. Be vulnerable.  Be open.  Be honest.



The execution of plans and intentions.  Without this, nothing else matters.



 Information + Ideas + Tools + Actions = Results.  The focus is not on "success" - it's on improvement.



To a plan, to a structure, to your mission, to your goals, to others, to yourself.



 The practice of regular measurement of personal and business improvement.


Personal Responsibility

 You are responsible for everything you think, say, and do.  

 Your thoughts engender feelings and actions - manage your thoughts wisely.  

 Words have meanings - choose your words carefully.  

 Actions create conditions and circumstances, for yourself and for others - think before you act.

Education Topics:

This is a list of possible Academy workshop and discussion topics.  The list is subject to change.

These workshops are for Academy members only and are not available to the general public.

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The 12-Level Business Structure

Basics of Appreciation Marketing

Book Publishing.

Brainstorming Basics

Blogging -- Why It Might Be a Bad Idea

Brilliant Branding for Smart Professionals- Discussion Group

Building Your Platform

Building Your Tribe

Business Appetizers - Discussion Group

Calculating the Business Value of Contacts

Creating a Positioning Statement

Creating a Business Plan That's Not BS

Future Technology - Better Get Ready Now

How to Create Online Courses

How to Create a Membership Site

How to Design a Survey

How to Have a Wonderful Website

How to Manage a Research Group

How to Manage a Mastermind Group

How to Start and Run a Podcast Show

Managing Your Self - Discussion Group

Marketing Munchies - Discussion Group

Money Management for Entrepreneurs

Outsmarting Resistance - Discussion Group

How to Start and Run a Podcast Show

PowerPoint Tips and Tricks

Public Speaking for Professionals

Stop-Keep-Start - Discussion Group

The Basics of CRM

The Business Engine - Discussion Group

The Fearless Presenter Intensive

How to Create and Present Webinars

The Mysteries of Content Marketing

Time Management for Crazy-Busy People

Video Marketing for the Timid

Writing - It's More Important Than You Think

Basic Qualifications for Membership:

  • Members must be owners of an entrepreneurial microbusiness (5 or fewer persons) in a service profession.
  • Members may be in any development phase of their business - pre-launch, early-stage startup, or established and wanting to improve and grow.
  • Business may serve either B2B or B2C markets, or both.
  • Members must be professionals who are serious about improving their businesses or practices and are willing to invest the time, energy, effort and resources to accomplish that.
  • This will be a small and exclusive group, limited to 50 members.  I'm looking for quality, not quantity.
  • Because the membership of this group is small and limited, members will be expected to participate in activities and discussions.


Membership in the e101 Academy will open in January 2018 and the dues structure will be published at that time.

Questions?  Contact Tom Harris at 877-901-9977 or tom@tomharris.us.

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