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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.