What we're about
Who We Are
The Etobicoke Business Network is all about forging strong business relationships and creating vibrant connections in the Toronto, Mississauga and Etobicoke business community. Our goal is to provide a place that enables participants to make the right connections to grow their businesses and have healthy, strong business networks, without the high fees of those other groups.
Where and When
We host a regular meetup events, in the Etobicoke area. We are holding monthly gatherings at a local pub, but we would also be open to businesses that would like to host a meetup at their place of business. Holding an Etobicoke Business After Hours event is a great way to bring attention to your business! This could be your factory, store or your lobby area.
Who Should Attend
We are looking for people who want to strengthen their connections with other businesses and business people in the Etobicoke area. Sure, we are open to people from across Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Oakville and Vaughan that are looking for connections with Etobicoke businesses.
We are not structured like a BNI or Letip group. There is no membership fees and no annual dues to pay. We are not too restrictive about who can join. Requests to join are screened for fit and suitability to the group's vision.
If you are in a multi-level-marketing business you are welcome to attend, to promote your product only. Any reports that you have been excessively attempting to recruit members to grow your network will result in expulsion from the group.
The meetup format is an open networking forum to get out and meet the other participants. The real value of meeting others in this setting comes from meeting the same people month after month. Getting to know them and to feel comfortable doing business together, or referring someone to a friend, family or client. So, we hope to see you on a regular basis.
We may say a few words of welcome and pass along a few announcements, but most of the time is left for people to connect with each other. If you are new to this style of networking, be sure to ask one of the hosts for some help.
A portion of your entrance fee is put towards buying a few appetizer items for people to snack on. If you are really hungry feel free to order a meal for yourself from the kitchen. As we are in a bar, there is an expectation you will order something from them while you are there. They are in business too! Buying your own drinks is sufficient.
Promoting Your Business
Be sure to bring plenty of business cards. They are only good when you give them away! You are also welcome to bring an item to donate as a door prize. This provides another way to bring added attention to your business. Some businesses are suited to offering coupons or product samples. If your business doesn't fit this model, consider donating things such as a bottle of wine or a Tims Card.
Build lasting relationships and connections by adding value to the lives of others without asking for anything in return. We believe that your business will grow naturally over time if you focus on building relationships and not "selling".
"You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want." - Zig Ziglar
Regular attendance is not required, but ensures the most referrals. Over time, getting to know the other members builds trust. The better other members know you, the more comfortable it is for them to refer business to you.
Don't forget to RSVP to our events so someone who met you at an event has a way to get a hold of you, even if they have lost your business card. It also helps creating momentum for our events and will result in higher attendance. There's also a spot to let us know if you are unable to attend. That helps to let us know not to send you extra reminders.
New Members Welcome!
Professionals - Entrepreneurs and Executives. There may or may not be multiple members of one industry or profession - unlike a BNI or LeTip group - more like a Chamber of Commerce without the fees.
Group Profile with Picture
Be sure to make use of your Meetup profile! Here’s a great opportunity to introduce yourself and your business with your online group profile. Make sure you use a head shot that shows your face. Yes, a real picture of your face! No logos, drawings, pictures of your pet or favourite flower vase (!?! No kidding!), or pictures with sun glasses please!
Building Your Network
We’d be happy to personally introduce you to people in our network, but it's really up to you to reach out and build relationships.