Visiting Temecula and San Diego
While in the San Diego area for the holidays I noticed the TEAM meetup in Temecula and decided to check it out. I was hoping to learn more about the businesses in the area and possibly get some leads for new clients as well.
“TEAM Referral Network turns success-oriented business people into a strong team of networking professionals who work together to build their businesses by referral….TEAM Referral Network members know that working as a TEAM, Together Everyone Achieves More.” – http://www.teamreferralnetwork.com
The Temecula group meets for lunch every week, “Our weekly meetings provide an atmosphere where you can get to know other business owners on a personal and professional level. There is no cost to attend.” As a visitor, I learned about each members business in a 60 sec. elevator speech as well more detail from 2 ten min. presentations. The meeting format was very organized and I would recommend this group to anyone!
The Temecula group is currently seeking out some specific business referrals – details on the meetup site. For my business of freelance design it would take about 1 client a year, referred from the group, to pay for the membership dues. The weekly meetings provide a platform to practice presentations, ongoing peer support, a free lunch + fun raffles, speaker prizes, and product samples. I was lucky to be visiting on the day the Lorraine was giving her presentation on the enfuselle skin care line and I went home with a sample. (sold itself withe one try!) Several other business also peeked my interest. LegalShield, Elevation Travel, and Brenda’s Better Bookkeeping – see the full member businesses on the meetup.com website or visit at lunch!
Other Referral Networks and Small Business Support/Services
Last month I participated in the Startup Weekend event in Santa Barbara. One of the projects I worked on is conceptually related to the TEAM referral network. There are many levels to the group business network stuff that attracts me because of my interests in all concepts related to community development, innovation and social services. Some of the first programs I learned about were empowering women entrepreneurs and include; 5×20 and WEV. I’m looking forward to checking out some other similar groups here in the US, such as; http://www.letip.com, http://bni.com, http://www.mainstreetchamber.org/chapters. (If you, reader, have any other suggestions – please let me know!)