How long is a membership for? Your membership runs for twelve months. Memberships are made easy by being paid in a single one off payment. 

Can other people attend for me? MBN is about personal connections and relationships, so your membership is personal to you. If you have other staff in your business or company that would also like to attend they are welcome to attend  two times as a visitor.

Do I have to attend every meeting? Our meeting are relaxed and we don’t have lists of rules and you won’t be punished for not attending a meeting, we understand networking has to fit into your life not control it.  Of course regularly attending a meeting as possible is the way to get the most from networking, to to get to know other members and their business, form a relationship with which will lead to creating trust between you and other members. Building Trust between yourself and other members is the key to opening up opportunities. 

Meeting are structured, so productive, right?

MBN meeting although relaxed, are productive; as they are business focused and follow a set format so they ensure everyone is made to feel welcome, fully involved and gets value from the meeting.

During every meeting the agenda is

- Open Networking

- 30 Second round, chance to tell the group about your business

- inSight Slot, learn something new

- Three 1-on-1 10 minute meetings with other members!

We have a Bumf Table for you make available to members - your business cards, brochures and offers. 

MBN membership is open to all businesses? 

Our groups comprise members from a wide and diverse range of business from many different business categories. MBN membership is open to business owners, operators and entrepreneurs no matter what their business.

Businesses may provide a similar service into the same marketplace, even so none of those business is exactly the same as the others. If you provide marketing consultancy, legal or accounting services, car repairs,  PR, Gym Owner or whatever, your version of what you do is unique to you!

At an MBN meeting there may be more than one lawyer or mechanic at the same meeting. As each of your businesses are unique they will do things you can’t and vice versa. So on the face of things you are ‘competitors’, they are more an opportunity than a threat. Often we find competitors; can effectively collaborate to each others advantage (and their clients advantage), by filling the gaps in each other’s product or service offering.

Can I also be a member of other networking organisations? Yes absolutely. MBN is about forming person connections and relationships. As you and the members you connect and get KNOW & LIKE each other TRUST is developed and business opportunities follow. As you build your network of people who will support and assist you grow your business, relationships will deepen and you will find you will gain access to their network as well. A wide and diverse network of genuine connections and relationships is the key to growing your business.

Do I have to bring referral with me to meetings?

No.  Different networking organisations structure themselves differently.  Referral networking organisations structure their meeting with the purpose of generating referrals and leads for members from other members of the group.

MBN networking is about building real relationships with other members, not simply just to obtain referrals from them.  At MBN meetings you wont be 'Sold to'. Our meetings are not about trying to 'push' your products onto members, build relationship with members then business opportunities and referrals will follow.

At MBN making connections and developing real and trusted relationships with other members is the where the value lies. People do business with those that they KNOW, LIKE and TRUST. From the relationships you form; business will follow, joint ventures / collaborative venture are formed, trusted suppliers found, business ‘know how’ imparted, and growth in one’s business achieved far beyond what the owner thought possible. 

I have a small or part-time business is MBN for me? Absolutely. MBN is the forum where in a structured format you can make connections and form relationships with business owners and operators that you may not normally have the opportunity to connect with. Relationships that can provide you the assistance and opportunities needed to make your business grow and thrive.  No matter what the size of your business you have skills, knowledge, contacts and a personal network that vales to entire MBN network.

My business is a niche business is MBN for me? Businesses that provide services that almost everyone uses (Tax accounting, motor mechanics, plumbers, lawyers etc) do well and secure referrals in Networking organisations focussed on passing referrals between members. For most other business that not everyone needs their services, or are used less often, in such organisations find getting good referrals and making real connections is rare. MBN being non-exclusive and an open networking platform based on relationship s, works for all types of businesses, as business comes from forming trusting relationships with members and the people they know.  

Can I get involved in the leadership of a MBN group?

Being involved in the running of a group is great platform for you to raise your profile with group’s members and all members in the network. You will also develop your skills, develop your business and have fun along the way.

As part of the leadership of a group you get instant kudos and everyone knows who you are, you are at the centre of all group communications, and are the initial contact for visitors and members guests. Leadership team roles are Group Leader, and New Member Director. 

Have more questions?

To answer any  question you have, don’t hesitate to contact me

Murray Dempsey

021 639 994

MBN my business network > Make Connections > Real Relationships > New Friends > Business Opprtunities > Grow your Business

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