- What is a “networking group”?
A group of local professionals who meet regularly to exchange leads, information, advice, and ideas and to learn more about each other’s local businesses and services.
- Do I have to own a business to attend?
No. Business professionals, service providers, etc. are welcome. Your business does not have to be physically located in the Sacopee Valley area, but your business should be conducted in the local area.
- Why do I need to network when people already know my business?
The Sacopee Valley area is growing and with that comes more business owners and professionals. Regular networking gives you an edge up by allowing you to personally connect with your biggest cheerleaders – other local businesses!
- What exactly goes on at a networking meeting?
We meet the first Tuesday morning of each month at a rotating location; let’s spread the business around! The meeting is kicked off by a brief introduction/housekeeping items then we go around the room to introduce everyone and get started. During your time to introduce yourself, we encourage you to give a few brief details about your business, describe who your ideal customer is, mention any challenges that the group may be able to help with, ask for specific referrals, etc. This is your time to have the full attention of the group. In the near future, we will be rotating a spotlight member each week. This member will have the floor for 5-10 minutes to give a more detailed presentation to the group about their business, product, service, event, etc.
- Is this the same as BNI or the Cornish Association of Businesses?
No, no, no. We do not operate as a BNI group. Membership is NOT required, we have very limited conditions, and best of all – this group is free! Although some of our attendees are active CAB members, we are not affiliated with CAB. We are simply a group of like-minded professionals looking to better network with other local professionals in an effort to exchange more local business.
- What should I bring?
Business cards, notebook, pen, and your networking attitude! We meet at a restaurant or coffee shop, please be prepared to support your local business owner by purchasing a coffee, muffin, etc.
- I still have questions, who should I call?
Cristina at 207-370-5038 or Patrick 207-852-3948