Alright, I'll keep this as short as possible, in hopes that I can get some answers, and at the same time, provide Q&A's that others probably have too. I have started an "offline SEO consulting" business as many have done. I've got a few slideshows I've downloaded, and some I've made myself (to do seminars/conferences/etc). I've got everything in place; business cards, a portfolio, a website, everything. If there were a checklist, I'd have them all plus some. Here's where my "problem" comes in: Thinking I'm some sort of smart, I go on meetup.com and find a local business group. I write the "coordinator" a great copy, and offer to speak at a meeting for zero charge, as long as I can get testimonials from everyone there. Now, like I said, the copy really was pretty good, so I expected nothing short of an enthusiastic reply. Who would have thought I managed to find the one other mofo in my area doing the same damn thing I am. He replied to my email saying he'd love to meet me, go over the presentations, and do a talk with the group on their next meeting. This part is great! The part I'm stuck on is this: How can I JV with him to help us both out? What can I say or do? Also, what legal documents should I have, so he doesn't just run off with my presentations and call them his own? (not that I think he would, but it's 2010, and who the fuck knows.. And not that the documents will prevent much, but at least I'll feel good knowing I tried ) He doesn't just do marketing, he does design, seo, hosting, etc. He has a full client list, I don't have a single client. How can I JV with him to help us both out? We offer basically the same services, to the same people. Conventionally, we'd be competition; but I think I could turn this around to an advantage, not only for me, but him too. What do you all think? I have a meeting with him in person on Tuesday of next week. It will be our first. Let's make money!