I've been a proud member of the SBCN for many years and was especially proud to help celebrate the SBCN's tenth anniversary this year, a testament to its intrinsic value. The stewardship and tireless dedication of Linda and Dave is second to none. Networking is a very important component for all small business owners. I have tried different networking groups, however none are like the SBCN. The true distinction with the SBCN is that members are friends first. Most have built up a genuine trust relationship. Members are more at ease in referring a client because they know other members will treat them as they would their own customers. Linda and Dave are mentors, confidants and, above all, very good friends.
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I have been a member of the Small Business Community Network (SBCN) for over 7 years. This networking group has been very inviting and I have met many great people over the years, many whom I have cultivated relationships with, both professionally and personally.
Networking is not a short sprint, it is a marathon. You need to build relationships with people before you can trust them and refer them to others you know. Giving a poor referral reflects badly on your business and on you as a person. If you expect instantaneous referrals, then you are doing networking wrong. With the SBCN I have developed countless relationships over the years, and over time business has flowed in both directions.
The SBCN is a great organization because not only do you get to meet great people, but it is educational as well. Most meetings has a member presenting, and on occasion an outside guest speaker will present on an interesting topic most will learn from.
I recommend the SBCN to any small business owner that is looking to grow their business, meet other small business owners, and grow relationships that will last a lifetime.
I have always believed in two things – Small businesses being a driving force behind economic growth, and the power of real face-to-face networking. With the Small Business Community Network, I have been fortunate enough to have found both.
When I was starting up the dsgn network, I was needing a way to get my name out in Kitchener-Waterloo, to engage with potential colleagues and clientele and to truly make myself the face of my business. With Linda and Dave's support over the past few years I can proudly say I have attained those goals. They are always willing to go above and beyond for me, and in turn, I have tried to do the same acting as not only the face of the dsgn network, but an Ambassador to the Waterloo Region Chapter of the SBCN.
If business owners are unsure about how to connect, engage and build true, lasting relationships then they only need to attend of one of the SBCN events. It is truly an environment where real, not Social networking thrives and you can find business connections and familiar, helpful people to build you own success.
I’ve enjoyed being a member of the SBCN for the last 9 years because it has always been a welcoming, friendly group of people. Over the years I’ve made many new friends and business relationships that I would have otherwise missed out on had it not been for the SBCN.
I found the Small Business Community Network (SBCN) through the Small Business Centre, (two separate organizations), and boy was I glad I did! Being a new comer to Waterloo Region I knew no one. The folks at my first meeting were so friendly and inviting that I quickly decided I had to join and haven't looked back. Having the opportunity to meet new people (and some familiar ones too) every month is a must for a small business owner. After all, how is anyone going to know if they want to buy your service or product unless they meet you and experience how much passion you have. All of the other benefits are "icing on the cake". The multiple strategies and mediums SBCN has for you to interact and market yourself is unlike any other organization I have ever been a part of. I have, and will continue to make great connections & gain referrals from SBCN Members.
The SBCN was the first networking event I attended when I started my business. Linda Ockwell-Jenner greeted me at the door as if I was an invited guest in her home. She didn't stop there...Linda introduced me to many members of the SBCN who also made me feel welcome. This is the perfect event to overcome your fears about networking.
Becoming a member of the Small Business Community Network was a no brainer for my company. Their mentorship provides practical guidance and opens doors to environments where I can build relationships with other small business owners and truly network with a purpose.
Signing up for the Small Business Community Network (SBCN) was a no brainer for my company. Thee mentorship provides practical guidance and opens doors to environments where I can build relationships with other small business owners and truly network with a purpose.
Belonging to several networking organizations got to be too much at one point and I had to scale back. The group I opted to stick with was the SBCN, because to me it offered the most value. The events are monthly (plus special events), which is easy to make time for. And if you make a commitment to attend as I have, it doesn't take long to start to build familiarity with the connections you've made. Plus new faces are sure to appear at almost every meeting, so it's easy to make new ones. Linda and Dave do a great job keeping the theme fresh and interesting, and the membership fee is trivial. To me, the SBCN is the essential networking group to belong to.
To me the SBCN distinguishes itself as "the business networking group with the personal touch". The owners Linda and Dave care about the folks that partake in the monthly meetings, trying to introduce people to one another and helping to foster new connections. New faces are welcomed with open arms and feedback is always welcome. Events are planned with great care and a drive for continuous improvement of the events is noted. It is refreshing to see a new approach to business networking, which encourages casual conversation with a business twist rather than dry sales pitches in an environment that is too stiff to feel comfortable in. Thank you for the good work you do Dave & Linda! I am happy to be a part of the SBCN!