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Oct 8, 2009 3:39 pm

I’m thinking of starting up a Leads/Networking Group through our Chamber of Commerce.  There already is one and I’ve visited it a few times to see how it’s ran, etc. but curious if anyone else is in one and had a few questions. 

  Other than your standard 30 second commercial introduction, individual networking before or after the scheduled meeting, and having scheduled speakers (both members and guest speakers if some interesting enough) present each week; are there any other activities groups do weekly/monthly to keep things from getting boring/monotonous?    
Oct 8, 2009 3:50 pm

Nope and most in the group will sell your clients down river to get another lead from another chamber.

It has been my experience that the “serial chamber members”(in more than 2) are terrible. You are much better off calling local professionals and forming a group outside of the chamber.

Oct 8, 2009 9:37 pm

We started a group a few years ago called the XYZ County Estate Planning Committee.  It’s open to brokers, insurance guys, lawyers, bankers, accountants.  We hold monthly luncheons at the country club and have either a member as a guest speaker or some one in one of the related businesses, like wholesalers.  It’s limited to one hour but I tend to hang out afterwards with an accountant or lawyer.   I’ve done well with referrals and also getting to know the competition.