Networking Groups

This week I had the opportunity to attend a mom’s networking group. It was the second one I have been to recently, although they were very different. Each had perks and downfalls. In this post I will share my thoughts on these two, as well as some information on other similar groups out there.

K&K Networking

A woman focused networking group focused on supporting career women and entrepreneurs. Networking Groups

Goal:

To help members succeed through referrals and raise funds for charity.

Pros:

  • It is a small organization. Getting to know others is easy.
  • Low-key, no pressure.
  • Meets monthly with low costs, including breakfast, paid each time you attend.
  • No yearly fees.
  • No requirement to attend or send a stand-in.
  • Support for mommy issues too!

Cons:

  • Very small group.
  • New and evolving (which can also be a pro).
  • Currently meets only in Langley, BC

This would this work great for:

  • Realtors, brokers, cleaning companies, roofing companies, accountants, retailers, seamstresses, independent consultants.

Who this may not work for:

  • Men or women who are not parents.
  • Those living outside the lower mainland of BC.

BNI (Business Networking International)

This is the largest networking organization in Canada and the world. 

Goal:

To help members succeed through business advice and support and especially word-of-mouth advertising.

Pros:

  • It’s a large organization, but each chapter is run differently. You will likely be able to find your place in one of their chapters.
  • National and international, many locations.
  • Has been around for over two decades.
  • Run very efficiently.
  • Occurs weekly.

Cons:

  • High fees (over $400/year, plus fees every week of $20 including lunch)
  • Some groups, but not the one I attended, are high pressure. Some require you to bring a guest each week and pressure you to make referrals each week to another member.
  • Must attend weekly, or send someone in your place

This would this work great for:

  • Women  or men who rely heavily on word of mouth referrals.
  • Business people who can commit to weekly meetings.
  • Realtors, brokers, cleaning companies, roofing companies, accountants.

Who this may not work for:

  • Retailers, seamstresses, independent consultants

Heart Link Network

*please note I have not attended a Heart Link function, and I am sharing what I have learned from research* 

Goal:  

The Heart Link Network® is dedicated to touching the lives of small business women professionals in dramatic and positive ways as it nurtures, supports, respects and unites women in all areas of their lives.

Pros:

  • It’s a large organization with over 220 chapters internationally
  • They have a business directory
  • It is for women only.
  • You get 3 minutes to showcase your business each meeting
  • Fees can be monthly, or yearly.
  • Industry exclusivity.

Cons:

  • High fees (over $240/year.) Approx $25/event.
  • There is no guest speaker.

This would this work great for:

  • Women  who rely heavily on word of mouth referrals.
  • Business people who can’t commit to weekly meetings
  • Realtors, brokers, cleaning companies, accountants.

Who this may not work for:

  • Retailers, men, independent consultants who has industry exclusive spots taken.

 

This information is accurate to my understanding. Please verify information independently.

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  1. MCatherine May 11, 2013

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