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LEADER CONSULTING AGREEMENT

THIS AGREEMENT is made as of this day by and between The Business Ideas Group (B.I.G.) LLC ("Company"), and the individual completing this form ("Consultant").

In the event of a conflict in the provisions of any attachments hereto and the provisions set forth in this Agreement, the provisions of such attachments shall govern.

BACKGROUND

Company is in the business of providing business networking and support services to the public.

Consultant has represented to Company that Consultant possesses the required skills and education to perform team leader role and facilitator skills and to lead the community "pod” as described in the B.I.G. Leader Training Guide.

Company is willing to engage Consultant as an independent contractor on the terms and conditions stated in this Agreement.

AGREEMENT

Services. Consultant agrees to team leader role for Company’s customers. Such services are hereinafter referred to as "Services."

Payment for Services.

Consultant shall organize monthly B.I.G. meetings for local members to attend. Leaders will advance the B.I.G. concept to local markets and work together, along with B.I.G. HQ, to launch and grow their local pods.

Consultants are responsible for:

  • marketing B.I.G. in their community using approved marketing materials (e-mail invitations, flyers, press releases etc., which are provided) to promote B.I.G. to their community and to communicate with members and potential members about B.I.G. meetings and events
  • securing a meeting location that can hold 20 – 25 comfortably
  • hosting and facilitating the monthly meetings, centered around the B.I.G. monthly theme (provided by B.I.G. HQ)
  • securing subject matter experts on the monthly topic whether a single speaker or a panel from among your member network
  • promoting and encouraging participation of B.I.G. members at all B.I.G. functions, including teleconference calls, showcase events, networking events, other pod meetings, etc.
  • Ensuring that all membership information (including name, email address, credit card information, billing address and phone numbers are input into our accounting system according to B.I.G. HQ’s instructions accurately and within 24 hours of a new member joining) as new members join their pod. Accurate logs and descriptions of each new member must be kept and all monies collected must be sent to HQ within 48 hours of each meeting for reconciliation.

As of January 1, 2012 the compensation policy for Leaders is as follows:

  • You will receive $7.50 per member of your POD each month and may in addition qualify for a net growth bonus.
  •  To receive the $7.50 per member per month:
    • the member must be current during the payout month,
    • the assistant does not qualify as a member for payout,
    • Corporate account members are counted for one $7.50 member plus $4.00 for each additional member from that Corporation,
    • Comped members are not included.
    • REA accounts are included upon renewal only for $7.50
    • B.I.G. Online and 4-packs are not included.
  • For those who have had 6 regular meetings, but have less than 10 members, the leader will be paid at a rate of $7.00 - that rate will increase to $7.50 once a 10 member minimum has been reached.
  • Net Growth Bonus
    • Calculated every six (6) months, beginning in January 2012; (the first bonus being awarded in June 2012)
    • Leader must be active at time of payout to be eligible;
    • Current additional discretionary payout of $10 per member;
    • New PODS must be running for a minimum of six (6) months before receiving this bonus; i.e. six official meetings;
    • This bonus is discretionary.

Compensation is paid monthly based on the members of record for each calendar month. New leader compensation starts with the month they have their first official paid member meeting.

Company shall pay the amounts agreed to herein within 15 days after the end of the month.

Consultant agrees to hold at least one meeting per month (or as indicated in the B.I.G. Training Manual). Leaders will be subject to termination should they not hold at least one regularly scheduled meeting over a 60 day period.

Leaders must become members of B.I.G. and will receive a discounted rate for membership. Current annual membership for Leaders is $175. Leaders are required to renew their B.I.G. memberships each year they remain a leader. The renewal rate for Leaders is 50% of current annual dues. For those leaders who joined B.I.G. as a member, their membership will be transferred to Leader Membership status and they will be required to pay an additional sum based on the costs of training and supplies. The Leader membership rate will take effect the following renewal. If a Leader chooses to not maintain leadership status or if pod is not managed in accordance to HQ policy, HQ reserves the right to terminate the leader. Annual discounted rate for membership for leaders is non-refundable.

Prior to their pod launch, all leaders must agree to have completed training sessions as required by B.I.G. HQ.  Pod launch expenses must be approved by b.I.G. HQ and will not be reimbursed unless pre-approved. Maximum amount of reimbursement is $50. In addition, and separate from the launch expenses, prospect leaders pay an additional $100 for 10 Starbucks gift cards that will be included in their leader kit. These will be used as incentives at the launch only for increasing sign-ups at the launch event.  Your $100 will be reimbursed to you once you have ten members.

Term.

Consultant agrees to provide Services to Company as an independent contractor beginning on the Effective Date, until this Agreement is terminated, on the other terms and conditions stated in this Agreement.

Either party may terminate this Agreement at any time. If Consultant elects to terminate, Consultant shall provide not less than fourteen (14) days’ prior written notice of termination. In the event of termination by either party, Company shall owe nothing to Consultant other than compensation for Services already performed by Consultant prior to the effective date of termination.

Company reserves the right to close or consolidate the Consultant’s pod meetings if there are fewer than five paying members after three months, and/or ten paying members after six months of meetings and have an average of less than five members at a meeting over the same 6 month time frame.

No prior verbal, written warnings or probation are required before termination of this Agreement.

Independent Contractor.

The parties acknowledge and agree that Consultant is an independent contractor providing advisory and consulting services to Company and that neither Consultant nor any of Consultant's employees or agents shall have any authority whatsoever (actual, apparent, or otherwise) to make any commitment whatsoever on behalf of Company, nor shall Consultant or any of its employees or agents be considered an employee, agent or representative of Company for any purpose whatsoever. Company is hereby contracting with Consultant for Services and Consultant reserves the right to determine the method, manner and means by which and the times during which the Services will be performed.

Consultant hereby acknowledges and agrees to be fully responsible for the filing of income tax returns and payment of income taxes attributable to the consulting fees to be received by Consultant hereunder. A 1099 will be issued by Company for tax purposes. No sick leave, personal time, vacation time, medical benefits, disability benefits, or any other benefits are provided by Company. Payment is purely based on a portion of membership dues from each member that each consultant brings in.

Response Time.

Once given the role of pod leader, Consultant agrees to perform the assigned work for Company pursuant to Company’s guaranteed response time.

If Consultant is unable to perform the duties as described in the B.I.G. Leader Guide, Consultant shall notify an agent of Company immediately so that alternate provisions can be made.

Confidential Information.

Each party hereto shall hold in trust for the other party hereto and shall not disclose to any non-party to this Agreement, any confidential information of such other party. Confidential information is information which relates to each member associated with B.I.G. and each member’s personal information such as name, address, email address, bank and credit card information, research, development, trade secrets or business affairs, but does not include information which is generally known or easily ascertainable by the general public. This agreement of confidentiality is necessary to build a relationship of trust between the parties, as well as between Company and its customers.

Consultant hereby acknowledges that during the performance of this Agreement, Consultant may learn or receive confidential Company and customer information, including but not limited to customers’ personal and contact information (names, addresses, bank and credit card information and identity), and information about Company’s and customers’ business and personal situations, personalities, and other characteristics. Consultant hereby confirms that all such information relating to Company and customers will be kept confidential by the Consultant, except to the extent that such information is required in order to enable Consultant to perform Consultant's contractual obligation.

Covenant Not to Compete.

Consultant acknowledges that during the course of providing Services, Consultant may have frequent and significant personal contacts with customers, suppliers and vendors of Company and that Consultant may develop personal relationships with those customers, suppliers and vendors, and that Consultant may develop knowledge of the Company’s business and business methods that would enable Consultant to compete unfairly with Company. This proprietary information may not be used by Consultant for the benefit of Consultant or any third party without the prior written consent of Company.

Therefore, Consultant agrees that, during the term of this Agreement and for a period of One (1) year from the date of termination of this Agreement, Consultant will not in any way use the above-mentioned proprietary information.

Agreement Not to Solicit Employees of Company.

Consultant agrees that Consultant will not attempt in any way, shape or form to entice existing Company employees or consultants to join another competitor(s) or to have them enter Consultant’s own employ, up to and including One (1) year from the termination of this Agreement.

Consultant represents that in accepting contractual assignments with Company, Consultant is not violating any obligation owed to any former employer or hiring party.

Company may enforce this paragraph by a suit for injunctive relief and/or an action for damages in a court of law.

Complete Agreement.

This Agreement contains the entire agreement between the parties hereto with respect to the matters covered herein. No other agreements, representations, warranties or other matters oral or written, purportedly agreed to or represented by or on behalf of Consultant by any of its employees or agents, or contained in any sales materials or brochures, shall be deemed to bind the parties hereto with respect to the subject matter hereof. This Agreement supersedes any and all other previously written and distributed, prior to the Effective Date. Company acknowledges that it is entering into this Agreement solely on the basis of the representations contained herein.

Applicable Law.

This Agreement shall be construed in accordance with the internal laws of the state of New Jersey without regard to such state’s choice of law rules.

Scope of Agreement.

If the scope of any of the provisions of the Agreement is too broad in any respect whatsoever to permit enforcement to its full extent, then such provisions shall be enforced to the maximum extent permitted by law, and the parties hereto consent and agree that such scope may be judicially modified accordingly and that the whole of such provisions of this Agreement shall not thereby fail, but that the scope of such provisions shall be curtailed only to the extent necessary to conform to law.

Severability.

In case any provision of this Agreement shall in any respect be declared invalid, illegal or unenforceable, such invalidity, illegality or unenforceability shall not affect any other term or condition of this Agreement, and this Agreement shall be interpreted as though such illegal, unenforceable or invalid term or condition were not a part hereof.

Assignment.

This Agreement may not be assigned by either party without the prior written consent of the other party. Except for the prohibition on assignment contained in the preceding sentence, this Agreement shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of the respective heirs, successors and assigns of the parties hereto.

Counterparts and Facsimile Signatures.

This Agreement may be executed in two or more counterparts, each of which shall be deemed an original, but all of which if taken together shall constitute one and the same Agreement. Signatures transmitted by facsimile, e-mailor other electronic means shall be binding upon the parties.

Notices.

Written Notices to Company should be mailed to:

Business Ideas Group (B.I.G.)
Post Office Box 51
Bernardsville, NJ 07924

Notices to Consultant should be sent to:
(consultant’s address of record)



When you submit this form, you will be able to download the required W-9, and will be able to join B.I.G. at the discounted Leader rate. Please send the W-9 to B.I.G., PO BOX 51, Bernardsville, NJ 07924. Without the W-9, we cannot issue a paycheck.

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