Networking helps build any business. Networking also takes place all the time, in everything you do. The person you meet on the soccer field might have a friend that is opening a new business that needs the product you sell. Of course, formal networking also happens all around us at planned events and regularly scheduled meetings.
As I said in my previous blog, the concept of “Networking” has gotten a bit of a “salesy” reputation. I will admit, some of the networking events I attend are a bit too much of a “pitch” party where everyone you talk to is trying to sell you something. However, there is a lot of good networking also going on. I have been to many events recently that were great and offered many good connections.
Networking is becoming more and more a big part of doing business. This week, I was formally inducted into a BNI group. BNI stands for Business Networking International. This is not a commitment I took lightly nor did I make the commitment quickly. I first visited BNI two years ago and recently researched BNI groups all over our region. If you are not familiar with BNI, visit their homepage. It is a very interesting concept of networking. http://www.bni.com
Here’s the great thing about joining the BNI group that I am joining: I immediately have the following resources at my fingertips for my own use or to share with business associates, friends and family. And, all of these businesses are extremely reliable, proven to be honest and provide excellent products or services. I have 50 people I know will provide me with the best quality of business. What more can you want?
Building Restoration and Cleaning
Business and Office Services
CPA for business or individuals
CPA for estates and trusts
Divorce and Family Mediation
Executive Leadership Coach
Exterior Home Maintenance
Hardwood Floor Refinishing
HVAC service or replacement
Insurance – Life
Insurance – Property & Casualty
Insurance – Supplemental
Landscaping & Maintenance
Marketing & Graphic Design
Oriental Carpet Cleaning & Restoration
Residential Real Estate
Residential Property Management
Search Engine Optimization
Wedding & Event Venue
Windows, Doors & Siding
Writing and Speaking Coach
WHEWW… what a great list of businesses to associate with! I am excited and can’t wait to see if I can contribute as much to this great group of business people as they do to support FAMILY Magazine.