First of all, I want to thank John Ferraro for hosting our last BSB meeting at Able Moving & Storage. Thank you for the coffee, goodies AND the box of girl scout cookies!!! Much appreciated. I enjoyed taking the tour of Able Moving. Your facility definitely projects professionalism….I feel comfortable referring my friends and colleagues to Able for all their moving and storage needs. For any of our other members who would like to host a BSB networking meeting at their facility in the future, please let me know. It is a great way to learn even more about each other’s businesses.
I would also like to thank all the visitors who joined our last meeting. Josh Hubbard of Liberty Mutual has decided to join our group. He will not be attending this week’s meeting due to a prior business commitment, but will be attending our next meeting on March 14th.
Welcome to the group Josh!
Anne Olasz of Payroll Management, Inc and Adam Davies of Inxpress New Hampshire have requested to come back for another meeting. Both of them have prior commitments this week, but also plan to also be at our March 14thmeeting.
Bob Vear of Always Room to Grow has volunteered to be our presenter this week. I am looking forward to learning more about your business!
Thank you to everyone for your wonderful feedback at our last meeting. It was refreshing to hear all the different ideas everyone had to bring to the table. I would like to summarize much of what we talked about: This is YOUR group….ideas are always welcome!
The Smith family is just one way of portraying to the group how we interact with our customers/clients and give members a deeper understanding of what we do. I realize this is not for everyone and that is okay. If you do not feel comfortable using the Smith family as a way of educating the group about your business, you have the option of doing whatever you like, whether it be a professional PowerPoint presentation, just standing up and talking or even inviting us to your facility. It is up to you to decide how you want to present your business.
I will be making up a list with members and an assigned date to do your presentation. Please look it over and if it conflicts with any upcoming events you may have, please let me know.
Mission Statement.Someone brought up a good point at the last meeting…what is the mission statement of this group? I was surprised no one seemed to have an answer. Although we do not have a formal mission statement, I think it is very simple. We are here to help each other in any way we can. Our assistance to each other can and has already happened in many ways. It may not always be business related. I would like to share a few examples I am aware of:
1. John McDonough of Country Comfort Heating and Cooling has sat down with Joseph Ntengeri of Community Partners for Change to help him set up a QuickBooks system for his business. John handles my billing for my business so he was able to guide Joseph with his billing.
2. On another instance, John was able to walk Gary Jacobsen through a heating problem Gary was having. John and Gary were able to fix the problem via the phone. John also got the parts for Gary at cost and was able to save Gary several hundred dollars.
3. Eric Briand of P&L Landscaping has been a tremendous help trying to get some contacts for Joseph Ntengeri to help him get his foot in the door at some human service agencies.
4. Rachel McMeen of Front Door Agency has worked with me to help one of my clients get some much needed experience in the administrative field by taking my client on as a volunteer.
We want to hear about these stories…if one of the members has helped you, even if it is not a business referral, please let us know! Our networking group is not just about helping each other out with our business, but helping each other out in other ways as well. We are a talented group of individuals who have so many diversified skills to share with each other. If we can educate a fellow member in an area they are struggling, that is what we do
has almost been a year since I started running this group. I had no idea what I was doing when I decided to take on this responsibility. It has certainly been a learning curve for me and I want to thank everyone for their patience and input in trying to make this successful. We are definitely on our way in making this a great group! Our membership is growing and we have a waiting list of certain categories who would like to join the group. Much of this has been through constant marketing of the group by word of mouth and social media. We will continue to do this and I will ask your help by always making it a point to promote BSB to your friends and colleagues.
From the beginning, I have always said we will not be as strict as some other networking groups, but that does not mean there will not be guidelines that need to followed and discussed. As the group continues to grow, I do have to enforce some rules to make the group run more efficiently. It has been brought to my attention many of you are not following up with your one on ones with other members. You are doing a disservice to both yourself and your fellow member by not doing this. Allowing yourself the opportunity to learn more about another member is a key step in developing a relationship. BSB is all about relationship building!
Moving forward, we will be changing the way we do the one on ones. Tony Goes of GizmoNet is working with me to work out those details. We will have more info at our Thursday meeting. Another suggestion that has been brought to my attention is to change the meetings from the 2ndand 4th Thursday to every other Thursday. Most of the time, it will remain the same, but this will allow us 2 more meetings in a year and eliminate the 3 week gap that sometimes happens when we have an extra week in the month. Please email me back your thoughts on this.
I would also like to address absences from the group. Again, I realize we have businesses to run and things do come up….that is okay. But excessive absences from the group will have to be addressed. If someone knows in advance, they will be out for a certain amount of time, please let me know. Eric Briand informed me a while back he had some commitments which prohibited him from coming to the next few meetings. That is fine and I appreciate Eric’s input and letting us know he won’t be able to make it. But just not showing up on a regular basis is not being fair to the group. If someone misses 3 meetings in a row without an explanation, we will consider your membership forfeited and open to competitors.
In closing, I will be making up a set of guidelines for everyone to use as a reference in the near future. Please feel free to contact me with any suggestions you may have that I have not addressed.
Have a great week!
See you on Thursday at Leda Lanes!
Sincerely, Donna Donna McDonough, M.Ed
New England Career Services, LLC