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!
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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 been a Member of the Small Business Community Network (SBCN) since June 2013. After attending the first Networking Event, I truly wanted to be a member of this organization. The atmosphere throughout the evening was warm, the energy positive and the words spoken by the Co-Founders of the SBCN were encouraging. I feel special when in the presence of Linda and Dave. They share ideas on how to network and who to specifically network with.
Linda and Dave show their members are Appreciated by hosting special Member Appreciation events, summer socials, etc. They want their members to succeed with their businesses and will assist in anyway they can. I have met and connected with wonderful new entrepreneurs. I have become their customers and they have become mine. I promote SBCN and Co-Founders Linda and Dave Ockwell-Jenner at every opportunity.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
The connections, advice, community and member involvement that are gained through this small business group are just invaluable.