Every weekday morning, entrepreneurs gather in cities around the world to network and grow their businesses by passing referrals to each other. Most of these networking groups keep members’ business cards collected in a container to be passed on to colleagues who need their products and services.
You have probably seen these card boxes at BNI (Business Network International), Le Tip, or your chamber of commerce. Most I have seen are haphazardly arranged, making it difficult to find the services needed. If this reminds you of your group’s business card box, check out this easy solution.
From the Container Store
The Container Store offers an acrylic Baseball Card Case with adjustable dividers and lid. Simply cut card stock for your category dividers and label with printed file labels or by using a label maker. Arrange members’ cards by their professions. It is easier to think of the services needed than an individual name. After all, that has worked for the Yellow Pages all these years.
Even if you are not in a formal networking group, you can organize the cards you collect and become a better referral source to your clients. The results of organization in your networking group will benefit everyone’s bottom line just as your organized closet or desk makes your life easier.
The setting was the London Hotel in West Hollywood. The event was the 25th Annual Creative Business Awards honoring the most innovative companies in the city. The November event was sponsored by the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and Corp Shorts produced the following video showcasing the glam of the night.
Congratulations to these West Hollywood business leaders.
Other Events: The West Hollywood Chamber is holding a Business Seminar on Monday, February 9, 2009 free to its members.
Topic: The Organized Office: Secrets Revealed
Information can be found at wehochamber.com
“You can’t become an Ambassador without rubbing shoulders with the right people. No stranger to celebrities, at the age of 9 our honoree actually dined with the real Colonel Sanders,” joked Chamber Vice President Joan Henehan when presenting the award. A member since 2001, Chris served on the chamber’s board of directors from 2003-2007. During that time he lead the Design Committee for the chamber’s new office space.
Accepting the award, Chris stated “just as an organizer guides a client who is uncertain of how to recognize and part with their clutter, our chamber – the West Hollywood Chamber – guides each of us in successful strategies for working together and building a network to grow our business. In West Hollywood we know that getting to know each other and learning of our products and services creates valuable connections for future business. Thank you for letting me be a part of this organization and thank you for tonight’s honor.”
Chris also received the President’s Award at the Chamber’s Small Business Awards in June of 2003.