The history & aim behind The Bangalow Business Women's Networking Group:
Networking and collaborating are what all business owners crave, but HOW and WHERE do they go about finding a way to get together, especially in a small shire?
The Bangalow Business Women's Networking Group was formed over 10 years ago by a small but brilliant group, to gather business women to discuss, learn and share with a focus on connecting women in business to network, collaborate, create and support one another through their business journey.
Ultimately, Bangalow Business Women's Networking Group is all about: Connecting businesses together one event at a time, to provide networking and educational support to the business women of Bangalow, NSW, Australia and beyond!
About the events in 2017:
A small group of volunteers aim to provide a setting where each woman that comes to an event is valued and leaves feeling inspired and rejuvenated in their business endeavours.
The event commences with a brief introduction (2 minutes) by each attendee, while breakfast and coffee is served. The guest speaker then talks about a business topic for 20 minutes, with five minutes immediately following for questions to the speaker. Once the guest speaker has finished presenting, we'll break out into small mastermind groups for 20 minutes (approx) where each person can present a problem they currently have in their business and the mastermind group will provide support/advice about this issue. The event finishes at 9am.
The benefits of networking events:
There are so many things that we should do in and for our business, and one key element that is often overlooked is the importance of networking. It's a key component for all businesses, and while it can be fun, it's also vital to development and growth, and also for your personal growth.
Networking helps with:
*Generating new leads & referrals
*Learning through others
*Support for and from like-minded people - mentoring and knowledge sharing.
*Gaining new perspectives and fresh insights
*"Feel the fear and do it anyway" - increase your self-esteem & confidence - encourage yourself to talk & connect with new people
*Feel the glow of satisfaction by helping others - help out a newcomer in the industry on an informal basis.
*Gain new opportunities and ideas for your business.
*Collaborate with your competition! It doesn’t mean you give up being competitive when going after business. The most successful businesses find ways to work with their competition strategically that is beneficial for both parties. Pick a collaboration partner with different but complementary skills - the key to successfully collaborating with the competition is keeping an open mind and being willing to learn and share your own knowledge. If you go into any collaboration with that frame of mind, you will likely find success.
*Establishing relationships - take the time to get to know other women in business
*Referrals: If you receive an inquiry from a prospective client that does not fit your skill set or your plate is full, refer that prospect to a colleague instead of just passing on the opportunity.
*Joint Ventures: Have you recently launched a product or service that seems to mesh with the products or services of another professional? Join forces for double marketing, double reach and double impact.
After the event:
Remember, relationships are key to the success of your business.
Business networking isn’t just about business; it’s also about life. It’s not just about collecting as many business cards as possible; it’s about surrounding yourself with a support network of powerful women for life. When you think about it, the world can only be a better place when women inspire and support each other.
Once you've connected with the other women at The Bangalow Business Women's Networking event, you'll want to establish a relationship with these new-found friendships, so we encourage you to keep this connection going after the event whether by following them on their social media business pages, sending them an email to touch base, or picking up the phone to ask a question or arrange a coffee date.
Extra information about the events:
Bring business cards so you can connect with other businesses after the event. Go old-school - bring a notebook and pen so you can write things down.
Please arrive at least 5 minutes before the event so you're settled, mingled and ready to start at 7:30am.
Our group has over 200+ members on its database, and between 15 and 30 women meet regularly for breakfast on the 2nd Thursday of each month, from 7.30 am to 9am, however this year we're mixing it up with lunchtime and evening events offered also, so keep a look out for various time options!
The organising committee is made up of volunteers, who create the invite and event, run the social media, liaise with the venue and so much more. We welcome you to join our team of volunteers - we're a fun bunch and we're grateful for the help!
If you can't make to our monthly events, you can still catch up with our amazing speaker's and members stories by liking our facebook page and subscribing to our newsletter list. Very soon we'll be launching a website to help you with even more information. Watch this space!
All business women in the region are most welcome to join us, please respond to the event on our events page and please promote your local business page on our wall.