We believe in the power of networking. We believe that one of the most powerful tools you have at your disposal is your ability to connect with others who will refer business to you because you refer business to them as well. In fact, we think the simple act of referring your customers to other good businesses builds your credibility with your customer base and makes you a better business person, regardless of the outcome of those referrals. Most customers take referrals seriously and use those businesses, but even when your customers choose someone else, they will remember your recommendation. Referrals to and from other businesses make you a better professional, no matter what your business type.
For this reason, we believe that networking with members on a weekly basis is critical. We have attendance requirements because meeting others regularly is a key to developing your business and getting referrals. Weekly meetings are a great benefit for you as you get to know our membership!
Membership Discounts and/or Prioritization
Power Lunches are a member benefit that truly provides advantages for those who attend. Unlike our regular weekly meetings, Power Lunches are small. You have more time to talk to each person there and to network on a deeper level. You also have more time to talk about your business and you will find out more about the businesses of others who attend. We can safely say that those who regularly attend Power Lunches are the most successful of our members.
Every Power Lunch is led by a member with experience in Wildfire Networking. Your lunch leader will introduce you if you are new, help you get conversations started with others who attend and will moderate the flow of conversation so that everyone gets a chance to participate.
You can choose which Power Lunches you attend and can attend one or as many more as you like in a given month.
Business Skill Development
One of the advantages of being a Wildfire member is the fact that we truly care about your development as a business professional. To this end, Wildfire Networking does not simply ask people to speak at our weekly meetings to fill up our calendar. Instead, we require every member to speak in order to develop presentation and speaking skills by practicing with an understanding audience.
We know that speaking in public can be difficult, especially for business people who are not required to do so on a daily basis. However, public speaking is a skill that every business person needs, so we add this requirement to our membership conditions so that every business owner, no matter who he or she is, will have the opportunity to develop these speaking skills.
Mixers & Events
An enjoyable aspect of Wildfire Networking is the variety of events held each month for members and their guests. Mixers, for example, allow everyone to get together in a very informal way and enjoy some time away from work, relaxing and getting to know each other better. Other events may be scheduled at member requests that allow members to meet on an informal basis for fun activities such as soccer, horseback riding or an outing on a boat. Some of these events allow family members to attend as well.
There are, of course, formal business-related events and dinners held by Wildfire as well. Whatever events you attend, be sure that you will be surrounded by others who want to help you make your business a success and want your help in promoting theirs, as well.
A calendar of events can be found here.
Back Office Engine
In the "good old days" when Wildfire Networking first started, we kept all of our records by hand. However, as we continued to grow and technology became more accessible, the burden of maintaining hand written records was relieved and the search for contact information was enhanced using digital data. Members demanded a platform through which they could easily communicate and find information instantly.
Today, we use Back-Office Engine to meet these needs. This unique software allows members to log in to our website and find what they need quickly and simply. Back-Office Engine is the answer to our member's demands for an up-to-date management system.
Back-Office Engine handles a multitude of tasks for our members. When they log in, members are able to access a number of features that allow them to schedule events or confirm attendance; communicate with other members; review information on committees; and find the dates, times and locations of all the organized events held by Wildfire. Speakers can confirm their times and dates for speaking at weekly meetings, as well.
Back-Office Engine is a login-based system that allows members to keep up with everything going on in Wildfire Networking.