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PLEASE READ BEFORE JOINING OUR GROUP

The YYC SmallBiz Group (FKA Calgary Business Professionals) is the premier business-related Meetup in the Calgary area. We cater to Calgary entrepreneurs.

The group is all about forging strong relationships with no strings attached. We support small business owners

We are not trying to sell you anything!

The YYC SmallBiz Group is one of the largest and longest-running Meetup groups in Calgary (in existence since 2002).

Our events are invitation-only, private functions and are open to YYC SmallBiz Group members and their guests.

Our events are free to attend (our breakfast event does require you to spend $10 minimum to support our venue).

There are great food and drink specials at our "Beer and Wings" event, but you are on the hook for what you consume (our host venue runs individual tabs for all attendees). Please tip your server!

In the interests of "good networking", we require ALL new members to include:

(1) A recognizable photo (headshot or similar), NO ADVERTISING OR LOGOS!

(2) BOTH your first AND last name on both your Meetup AND Group profiles (no nicknames or partial names accepted)

(3) You must provide your business name when signing up (this will be compared against verifiable information such as LinkedIn and websites) - startups will be accepted in most cases

Your application for membership will be rejected without this information

In addition:

(4) We do not permit members of Multi-Level Marketing ("MLM") or other "Network Marketing" organizations to join this group (we have a long list we refer to)

(5) We allow members of other networking groups to join (i.e. BNI and similar), but PLEASE, do not recruit our members or promote your events at our functions.

Doing so will result in immediate and permanent removal from the group.

(6) We are also no longer accepting Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, Financial Planners, and Life Insurance Sales Reps (this list is not exhaustive). The group has plenty. Our emphasis is on Small Businesses and those providing services directly to them and their owners (B2B)

(7) This is not a job-search group. If looking for work, please refer to other networking groups.

(8) Please use Meetup's messaging function to communicate with fellow members but selling or promoting your product or service in an unsolicited fashion is not permitted. Any violations of this policy will result in immediate removal from the group.

We look forward to meeting you at one of our events.

Yours in business and entrepreneurship;

Brad Celmainis, Organizer

Erich Ly, Assistant Organizer

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