September 13, 2019

Celebrating local business success with Referral Network social

Most business owners and professionals would agree that the growth and success of their company is due, in large part, through their connections with others. Whether you’re working as an independent contractor, starting a new business, or trying to build an established company, building long-term, meaningful relationships with quality business professionals is the heart and soul to success.

Many local business owners and entrepreneurs have found professional – and personal – success through their long-term relationships with Referral Network – BNI, Windham. To share in their successes and the meaningful friendships they have developed, they invite the public for a social at Pat’s Pizza, 844 Roosevelt Trail on Wednesday, September 18 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Join in for a variety of food and conversation to learn more about how this group of professionals can help your business growth and continue to succeed.

Current President of Referral Network – BNI® - Windham Chapter, Darlene Pratt, has been a member for five years. “My membership with BNI® has consistently been 15 to 20 percent of my business yearly and has brought to me exceptional relationships.”

Briefly, Referral Network is one chapter of BNI® – Maine, which is part of a larger and supporting international organization, where people can quite literally gather and support each other all over the globe. According to the website, the mission of BNI® is to help members increase their business through a structured, positive and professional referral marketing program that enables companies to develop. This occurs through weekly meetings and exclusive resources.

There are many core values that members of BNI® promote and these include the commitment to life-long learning, having a positive attitude, attending weekly meetings and taking accountability. But one core value that builds long-term success was explained by BNI Founder, Dr. Ivan Misner in a recent interview.

“BNI®’s principle core value is ‘Givers Gain®’,” Misner began. “The idea is that if you help others by sending business their way, they’ll do the same for you. This is a concept that is predicated on building relationships, not focusing on transactions. One of the most important things I’ve discovered over the last 33 years is that networking is more about farming than it is about hunting.  It is about building long term meaningful relationships with other business professionals.”

Mark Morrison, Referral Network member growth coordinator stated that “BNI® allows you to broaden your professional resource network beyond your field of expertise. This allows you to connect your clients with quality professionals you know and trust which will ensure they will be taken care of properly. You become the go to person for your clients and your community. It is a win win for all concerned.”

With the ‘Givers Gain®” value by which BNI® members adhere, many professionals throughout Maine have also seen significant increase and growth in their businesses.

Get to know other like-minded business professionals in the Greater Windham business community and join Windham’s BNI Chapter – Referral Network – for a social event with food and conversation. <

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