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.
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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.
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!
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.
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.
The connections, advice, community and member involvement that are gained through this small business group are just invaluable.
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.
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.
My business is referral based and I am a big believer in Networking. I joined the SBCN over 5 years ago,and have had the opportunity to meet and develop business and personal relationships with many of the members, and it has been a win-win for all of us. David and our social sweetheart Linda ,have provided a great venue for us to build our businesses. I like the fact that there are many different types of businesses, who are members, and have enjoyed learning about there successes and challenges. Thank you to Linda and Dave for their support and providing such a great networking opportunity.
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.