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Please take a moment to read this page carefully. We want you to take advantage of every opportunity to meet people. So, to help make your every event experience successful, we've compiled some suggestions that, if you take, will increase your chances of meeting more people and making more substantive connections.

1. Arrive at an event at the scheduled start time or within 30 minutes after. But not before. Hosts are usually setting up and taking care of last minute details. In order for us to have an organized and productive event, we need to make sure all venue management and event staff knows exactly what's going on. We need those final moment before start time to check and double check things and take a moment for ourselves to get settled before we let in our guests.

2a. Always, always follow the dress code. If you want to make a good first impression then be sure to look polished. Events held in lounges or clubs will always require trendy business casual attire. That means no sneakers or t-shirts. Jeans are fine is paired with a nice shirt and shoes.

2b. Please respect the age range assigned to each event. Our events generally get the 25-55 crowd.

3. Try to come with one friend, but not more. It's not that we don't love to have a ton of people, trust us. But people who arrive in packs tend to have less interaction with the group. They're comfortable hanging with their friends and there's nothing to encourage them to get out and meet new people. Plus, seeing a group of men or women in a group is intimidating to almost everybody. This is especially true if you're going to events in the hopes of meet members of the opposite sex.

4. Mingle! Well, of course, if you're tired or sore then feel free to grab a seat. But if you want to enjoy your time at the event and meet people, then try to avoid standing off to the side of the room or sitting down at the bar. Once you're seated, you're less likely to get up. Sitting down also gives off the impression that you aren't interested in talking to anyone.

5. Take your coat off and stay awhile. Just because it's 30 minutes after the start time and there aren't enough people there (in your opinion) doesn't mean there won't be. Many times people try to come fashionably late or get detained. Often times people walk by the venue/location, pop in and then decide to wait outside because their friend hasn't arrived. Or they waiting for more people to show up. If everyone did that, you can imagine how it would affect the event. Don't expect the magic to happen the minute you walk in the door. This is Manhattan. Traffic, work constraints, subway issues, etc can all affect when the majority of people arrive.

6. Attitude is everything. If you're going to walk into an event and sequester yourself off to a corner or hang by the door to watch who enters so you can judge the quality of attendees, then our events are not for you. That sort of attitude permeates a room and creates a negative vibe. People sense it and they become uneasy. Nobody likes to feel judged. And, really, unless you've been featured in GQ, Maxim or Forbes for your expertise in fashion, beauty or business, you're really not in a position to judge anyone's looks, clothes or mannerisms. A sense of entitlement is absolutely not welcome and will result in you being removed from the group. We've done it before and have no qualms about doing it again. Griping, complaining, pacing and any sort of unfriendly attitude will get you removed from both the event and the group. If you're not happy to be there then please be considerate of everyone else and remove yourself from the event.

7. Take a chance. If you are someone who needs to know exactly how many men or women are signed up or need to know the age range or attendees, then our events are not for you. While we're happy to accommodate people at our events, we do not cuddle or hand hold. We are well aware of what people want and we work tirelessly to make sure we meet those expectations. So please trust us :)

8. Tip the bartenders well. Like a certain venue? So do we! But if their staff doesn't make any money then they're not keen on having us back. So please be sure to tip generously.

9. Please don't try to scam or sneak your way in to an event.. You're an adult. You know if you went through the payment process and received a receipt. Please do not show up at check in with a story about how you're sure you checked in and forgot to print your receipt, that you have a receipt for an event or registered for an event but never attended or saying that you "think" you pre-paid. We will know if you pre-paid because your name will be on our check in roster or in our Paypal account records. If your name is not on our list then we will politely ask you to pay the in advance admission fee, take down your e-mail and phone number and double check our records when we get home. If in fact you did pre-pay and it's an error on our part, you'll receive a full refund PLUS a $10 discount code good towards another event.

9a. Please do not use the following excuses to enter an event without paying:

"I just have to find my friend." - Please make apporpriate plans with your friends. The best course of action is to tell your friend to keep their phone on and you'll call/text them when you arrive. Then they can meet you at check in. You will not be allowed into an event unless your name is on our roster or you've pre-paid.

"I think I have a credit from another event." - Since we don't have those records on hand at those events, we have no idea if this is the case.

"Can I just take a look?" - No.

"I saw this advertised as a free event." - Unless you can produce some sort of evidence confirming this, you will be politely asked to pay admisison.

9b. Regardless of when you arrive, the admisison fee is still applicable.

10. Please do not bring large bags, knapsacks or other large items in to the events with you. If you do, please be responsible for checking them with the venue's coat check or finding a safe place for them. Please do not mingle through the crowd carrying your knapsack or briefcase. For one, it serves as a block between you and other people and sends off the wrong vibe, that being that you're anxious or nervous. For two, the crowds are usually large and your bags will end up bumping people in the back and shoulder.

11. Please do not loom at the check in station debating whether you want to attend. Either enter the event or please leave.


How Come Your Events Have An Admission Price?
We don't deny that. But besides that reason, the other, more important, reason is that paid events get a higher quality crowd. Free events tend to attract people who aren't very socially adept. They're not invested in the outcome. Free events are never staffed properly with enough bartenders or check-in staff. By charging an admission fee we can request a second or third bartender and guarantee them a proper gratuity. We can also staff our events with people who will ensure that you know exactly what's going on and who will help you meet people. Other groups say they make introductions. We actually do it. You're basically paying us to find the appropriate venue, develop an event that is productive and fun, manage the rosters to ensure even gender ratio, negotiate good drink specials with the bar and organize unique events. We're the only Meetup in NYC that offers sporting activities, happy hours, educational seminars, business networking events, girls night out parties, wine tastings/socials and more. We don't stick to the same venue month after month, we actively promote our group to get new members to each event, we staff events and source new venues. We don't cancel multiple events due to lack of interest, we don't blow off our events, we don't leave you hanging when you walk into an event. We're working for you.

What's The Typical Age Range of Guests?
The average age range of our members is 25-55.

Where Does The Money Go?
Here's a quick and dirty breakdown.
*Check-in Staff -We pay our staff, which means they're invested in your experience & they'll show up and do what is needed. And..they're all customer service oriented.
*Bar Gratuity - We always tip our bertenders and wait staff $35-$50 per event so that we can maintain a good relationship with the venue and have more events there.)
*Supplies - pens, names tags, print outs, candies at check in, mints, ice breaker cards
*Rental Fees - Many venues or studios require that we put down $25-$50-$100 to secure a space or date. If we cancel an event less than a week in advance, we lose that money.
*Instructors - For our workshops, all instructors are paid very well based on their experience and education.

There's a lot that goes into planning an event. Deposits need to be made, food needs to be bought days in advance depending on the venue, staff needs to be scheduled.

How come other "wine social" type events or Multi-group mixers are either free or only $10?
Ah! My favorite question. The answer is very simple. The higher the price, the better the service from our staff amd the venue. Meaning you won't see our events running out of food 30 minutes after the doors open or light pours or watered down open bar drinks. When you walk in to our event you won't be wondering where you should go or who is with the Meetup Group. You won't be waiting 10+ minutes at the bar for your drink or have to wedge your way through the crowd.
We do not intend to have hundreds of people at our wine socials. We only want about 75-100. It makes the crowd easier to manage, provides a more intimate environment and allows us to monitor what's going on and attend to any issues that arise.

Is this a charity organization?
No, Today's Black Professionals is a for-profit business. But we do co-sponsor events with philanthropic Meetup groups. In those cases our group covers (either partially or totally) the event check in staff, the food, the bar gratuity and we source out event add-ons like raffle prizes, giveaways and guest artists.

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