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.
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I have been a member of SBCN for just over a year. During this time, I have repeatedly seen evidence that the SBCN networking focus is genuine and sincere. Some other networking groups seem to “talk the talk”, whereas the SBCN organization “walks the walk”.
I congratulate Dave and Linda, the Co-Founders of the Small Business Community Network (SBCN) for their efforts over the past ten plus years. They care about their community of small business owners and do what they can to help us to help ourselves. My hat’s off to them both. Thank you.
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.
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.
I want to share my thoughts and view about SBCN with everyone. SBCN, to me is not just a Small Business Community Network. It is a cultural and community gathering that we can all share our ideas, our thoughts, our experiences and our success as well as challenges. As I mentioned yesterday, I joined SBCN and love working with Linda and Dave because they have something in today's society very few businesses are successful at keeping: "People with creativity and that human touch". For me, that 2 hour drive during traffic, is worth it coming from Toronto. My personal vision is to see the network grow and bring in more members and grow the different chapters, so that we can gradually bring back something that has been missing for decades in the work force...the human touch in business. We also want to succeed and generate opportunities for our business, through networking which turn into sales and revenue. I know that most of us if not all of us one one thing common at SBCN, "we all love and have a passion for what we do. So thank you Dave and Linda.
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.
When I arrived for my first SBCN meeting Linda Ockwell-Jenner was very welcoming and got me settled in with others members. I joined SBCN that same night.
The connections, advice, community and member involvement that are gained through this small business group are just invaluable.
I have worked with small business owners for many years and belong to many business organizations. I return to the SBCN every month because of the quality of its founders and members. Each person I've met through SBCN understands the value and importance of giving before getting. This creates a culture of abundance and opportunity for everyone, and is the reason why SBCN succeeds and grows year after year. SBCN provides a warm and welcoming community for anyone who owns their own business or provides value-added services to business owners.
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.