The GLMV Chamber holds 200+ annual programs, activities and events, offering a myriad of member participation opportunities, including informal social networking mixers at member businesses, breakfasts, luncheons, ribbon cuttings, progressive events, multi-chamber functions, network groups, annual events, trade shows and expos, committees, orientations, volunteer opportunities, member events, and community events.
Members may provide brief business introductions and may distribute business cards, promotional materials, learn about others business, locate vendors, and meet others face-to-face in a friendly, professional setting.
As people prefer to do business with those they know, like and trust, Chamber events foster building those important business relationships to grow business.
GLMV NETWORK GROUPS
(check Event Calendar for specific meeting dates)
Weekly Business Interchange
Meets weekly Thursdays, 7:30-9 am
419 S. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville
Join this informal group for weekly breakfast and social...get to know this great group of networkers.
Cost: Your Breakfast
GLMV Conversations 4 Success (C4S)
1st/3rd Fridays, 7:30-9 am (Check Calendar for location updates)
Holiday Inn Express
975 Lakeview Parkway, Vernon Hills
Structured FREE open network group for leads and referrals, introductions, presentations, camarderie, business card exchange, progressive events, and refreshments.
Chair: Todd Renihan, Allstate Financial
Cost: $25 members / $30 non members
Experience this popular chic and inspirational women's group. Connect, learn and grow your business. Luncheon, Introductions, Business Connections, Presentations, Sponsorships, camaraderie, raffles, and more!
GLMV MOB (Men of Business) After Hours
1st Thursday, 5 - 7 pm - Various Locations
Business men -- join us for Guys Night Out!
Cost: $15 members / $20 non members
(includes appetizers and cash bar)
6 Tips To Build Your Network
Build Relationships. The best relationship builders set out to understand others’ needs first and provide assistance over time. You want to help others, not ask them to assist you. First, learn more about an individual, who they are, what they do, their challenges and what’s vital to them, before you discuss how you can provide value to them.
Power Partner. Focus on finding the right folks who can serve as your power partners. These people can be your messenger and help spread the word about your businesses, and you for them. Better to have a few power partners than to have hundreds of random individuals who may recognize you but not help you.
Provide an Experience. What kind of experience do people receive when doing business with you? What makes your product or service unique? What do you offer that no one else does? Incorporate such examples into your introductions rather than just promoting products and services.
Don’t expect anything. Do you have extremely high expectations from networking? Networking and building relationships takes time, effort and practice. Some of your new contacts may respond and some may not. Don’t give up. Learn about them, offer a small compliment, explore things you may have in common, listen to them — but don’t ask for anything in return.
Be Brief. Be respectful of people’s time. Say something at the start of your conversation like, “Hi. I have one item I’d like to briefly mention. It should take two minutes. Do you have time now? If not, can we meet later?”
Follow up. Make notes about people you meet on the back of their business card, and follow up a few days later with a brief note, call, e-mail or face-to-face visit, providing helpful information, such as an article of interest, website link, or new contact for them. Be friendly and of value in as many ways as possible.