OneZone Chamber of Commerce
One of the main reasons people often join their Chamber of Commerce is the networking opportunities. Especially if your target customers are other businesspeople, it’s hard to beat an organization that exists to serve the business community.
In an effort to better meet that need, the Fishers Chamber (back when it was called that) started a group called REACH some four years ago. I wasn’t there for the first meeting but I didn’t miss too many before I started attending regularly. As the Fishers Chamber evolved into OneZone the REACH program continued and we still meet every first and third Wednesday morning of the month.
I can’t say that I’ve ever gotten any business directly from my relationships at REACH. But, of course, that isn’t what networking is about. Rather, the idea is that you get to know a dozen or so people well enough that they become your fans, they help get the word about you and your business, and you all grow together. It’s not for everyone but if you are willing to stick with it these relationships can really help develop your business, so here’s your invitation to join us. There is no charge…it’s a benefit of belonging to the OneZone chamber.
As it turns out, I will be leading the group for the next year so I want to let you know about some changes that may help get you interested. We spent part of last year refining our one paragraph biographies, what are traditionally known as elevator speeches. They are now all compiled in a single document. Each week we will put our business cards in a hat and draw one out. Whomever you draw is who you introduce. It’s not a test…you are welcome to read the biography off the sheet if you want…but it is a way to help us get to know our fellow chamber members better.
We will also be inviting non-REACH members to come speak to us. Each session I would like to have two or three businesspeople (both new and seasoned chamber members) spend 5-10 minutes telling us about their business, and another 5-10 minutes answering questions. And this group always has questions. They enjoy being in business, learning about other businesses and helping other business people get better at what they do.
So I hope you will join us, if even just for one week. It’s every first and third Wednesday at 7:30 am in the OneZone conference room. You don’t need to RSVP if you just want to attend (and you don’t have to introduce others if you are a guest) but if you want to be a presenter and tell us about your business, let me know and we’ll work you in. If you find you like it, and you are a OneZone member, you are welcome to join the group.