DEARBORN, Michigan – To empower small business in Dearborn, the Dearborn Chamber of Commerce has created a networking and referral group called Chamber Connect. This highly motivated networking group of professionals and entrepreneurs helps generate business opportunities via referrals for fellow Connect members. Membership in this group, which celebrates its second anniversary in 2011, is limited to one representative per business category (such as financial, retail, graphic design, etc.) to enable members to acquire valid leads to help grow their companies.
“The Dearborn Chamber Connect is a great group of people who are just as passionate about helping each other as they are with their own businesses,” says Ryan O’Hara of Sphinx Technology Solutions. “Since joining the group, I have seen a significant spike in sales thanks to the commitment of this group to the success of its members. Every single member has a valid contribution to make.”
Currently, Chamber Connect has 19 members and passes between 10-17 referrals each meeting – totaling 20-34 referrals a month! What constitutes a good referral? The best form is one person introducing two others who need each other and can conduct business. The group does not consider handing a name and a phone number as a valid referral. People don’t join a Business Referral Group to make more cold calls. When a referral is made, the receiving party knows that needs have been “matched” and a prospective customer should expect a call. The group works to develop confidence in its members, as well. The positive atmosphere enables participants to thrive in an environment of trust as many branch out in new careers after becoming victims of corporate downsizing.
Chamber Connect is expanding and currently recruiting new members in the following categories: dentist, credit union/bank, permanent staffing, photographer, security system service, accountant, tax service, florist, travel agent, veterinarian, hair salon, auto dealer/auto repair.
Individuals must also be Chamber members to join Connect. The group meets every first and third Tuesday of each month at the Dearborn Chamber of Commerce offices, 22100 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn.
Contact the Chamber at (313) 584-6100 with questions or requests for application. You can also follow Dearborn Chamber Connect on Twitter at @DearbornConnect