An experienced networker will tell you the monthly “mixers” and “card exchanges” are no longer a valuable use of their time. Today’s business person needs opportunities to make meaningful connections, gain skill support and have referral sources to help grow their business.
The PennSuburban Chamber is positioned to be the single provider for a business’s networking, referral and educational needs through Business Partnership Network (BPN), Business Connectors, Hit Your Mark Networking and the introduction of The Momentum Group. Programs offered through national organizations have high fees and significant constraints on your ability to work with other potential partners. As a member of the Chamber, you have access to over 800 members to develop strategic partners, clients and business resources.
Business Partnership Network (BPN) is a weekly committed networking group open to one seat per industry. The purpose is to help member businesses grow and prosper through mutual commitment to promote one another to prospective customers. “I consider all my fellow members part of my sales team.” says Dave Diamond, Diamond Mortgage Company and long-time BPN member. “I know when they have the opportunity they’re going to speak about what I do and how well I do it. Likewise, I always have my eyes and ears open to discuss my fellow members. If you’re not a member you’re missing out!” There are no enrollment or annual fees to participate in BPN as a Chamber member. The Chamber currently offers two groups with one in Lansdale and Harleysville with a third starting in the Fall in Upper Gwynedd. A wait list is in place for future groups within the Chamber’s service area.
Business Connectors has been described as “new-age” networking at its best. You have the opportunity to build meaningful relationships and participate in engaging discussions over lunch. This format is powerful and effective taking just one hour of your day. Business Connectors is held weekly with no fees for members to attend.
Hit Your Mark Networking is organized to bring together specific businesses for the purpose of developing strategic partnerships and referral sources for attendees. Each group will begin with a specific business industry and the attendees are based on their sphere of influence. These will be a one-time event to make the initial introduction for what is hoped to be the start of continuing relationship.
The Momentum Group, which is targeting an October launch date, is a small business peer forum customized by group members to focus on learning, discussing and resolving daily operational and leadership business issues. The group will be comprised of up to eight like-minded business owners who will set aside time to think about and work on their business. Two-hour meetings will be held bi-monthly.
The Young Professionals Auxiliary Board (YPAB) is a newly introduced development program in which members (under age 40) gain experience and knowledge of non-profit boards and service. This structured, one-year program will teach participants the skills needed to become a successful board member through content-rich training and the execution of a board-driven event.