Networking Creates Results
One of the core values within the Chamber is to help facilitate business to business connections, offering the opportunity to create valuable links to support their business growth. The most effective route to get your business visible is to face to face networking. All of events are designed to give our attendees multiple chances to meet someone new, promote what they do and the possibility of striking up a new business deal.
Over the last few months, the Chamber team have hosted a number of roadshows, speaking to local organisations to find out what they want and need from us while bringing together a variety of sectors and sizes ranging from small one-man bands to the global businesses.
Our last roadshow hosted at the community driven Broxburn United Sports Club proved to be a success for all with many deciding to tap into the collective of the Chamber, some making contacts that will help to drive their business forward. Continue to read to hear the story how 3 of our guests came together to support one another in business.
The Power of Small Business Networking
The story of 3 amazing ladies running their own small West Lothian businesses who are now supporting one another to grow.
Don’t be too quick to dismiss the power of networking. It definitely shouldn’t be shelved as an old-fashioned way of marketing. Getting out from behind your screen and actually meeting other business owners in person can have a surprisingly powerful impact on you and your business.
At a recent Chamber event 3 small business owners found this out to be true…
On paper you wouldn’t think that a dog collar business; a cat sitter; and a jewellery business would have much in common and neither did they until they started talking. Pauline from Doggy Style , Allison from Alicat Purrfections Cat Sitting Service and Triinu from Creative Puddles discovered that despite being so different they did in fact have a huge amount in common and were running and promoting their businesses in very similar ways. Having talked non-stop at the event, including still talking as they left the building, they swapped contact details and continued the conversation.
This has resulted in the three of them sharing tips, exchanging contacts, discussing the pros and cons of attending certain events, offering advice & opinions and promoting each other’s businesses on their Facebook pages. Allison is currently running a successful Facebook competition, offering one of Triinu’s cat charm bracelets as a prize, increasing likes, follows and interest for both their Facebook business pages ( Enter the competition – Click Here) while Pauline took a small selection of Triinu’s charm bracelets (including dog charms) to sell alongside her collars and harnesses at a recent dog show – and it was a sell out!
This story is just one example on how networking events can open a new revenue to your business while building up the support system you have.