I’ve been trying to find a good networking group in my area for over a year now. There were 2 BNI groups marginally close by, but they started at 7am. Now as a mother of 3 young boys, it will be a long while before I can make a 7am meeting as I put kids on the bus at 7:45am.
I am on the verge of starting my own networking group as I’ve discussed it with some other local businesses in my area that were thinking the same thing. (I also just heard that one of those BNI groups had dissolved.)
Just this past month I had joined Biznik.com and in the process of looking up members in my area I found a VA that lived within an hour of me, so I messaged her about joining my (online) network. She agreed and also mentioned that she had started a Breakfast Club networking group last year. Their next meeting was the following week and invited me as her guest.
I went this morning and it was a wonderful experience. I’d never been to one before and was a little nervous. Everyone was very friendly and made me feel very welcome. It was a group that I’d love to be a part of, I just wish it was a little closer as it is about an hour drive away.
It was great to go though and see how a networking group operates so I can try to replicate that here in my area. The leader was very kind and will help me with any questions as I begin to set up my own group in my local area.
I’ll post more info as I get things going…