Business Networking FAQs for u.s. referrals Partners
Can anyone join a u.s. referrals networking group?
Yes – if you are recommended by an existing Partner.
We call ourselves “Partners” – because we’re all in this together. In addition, we only take one person per business-category in each group. Prospective Partners must be approved by existing Partners in the local group(s) they want to join.
How do you know new Partners are reputable?
Prospective Partners are people whom existing Partners know, trust, and likely have done business with before. In addition, prospective Partners have to be approved by the entire group they wish to join. Both factors help ensure the integrity of the group and the u.s. referral Partner base.
What if a Partner gets a referral and does poor work?
We have an ethics committee. It is imperative that anyone who gives a lead and finds out it was not satisfactorily handled report that to the ethics committee, who will investigate.
What occupations benefit the most from networking?
It is not the occupation, it is the individual. The occupation can be anything. If you are focused, pro-active, assertive, ethical, and you are willing to put forth an effort, you are the type of person we want as a Partner.
Are Partners supposed to bring visitors?
Partners are encouraged to invite people they know and trust to visit a meeting.
Since the Partner must “vouch” for the visitor when they refer them to u.s. referrals, visitors are typically friends, family, business associates or other individuals they have done business with before.
Do ethical rules for certain professions prohibit participation in u.s. referrals?
u.s. referrals understands the importance of the ethical concerns governing certain professions. We acknowledges that rules can differ by location. As such, u.s. referrals requires Partners to uphold the rules of the network and their profession so as not to violate the professional’s ethical obligations.
How many people attend each meeting?
u.s. referrals feels that at least 80% of the group must be in attendance to have a successful group.
You get out of it what you put into it. In that regard, showing up makes for 90% of your success. Showing up with a positive, pro-active attitude makes up 90% of the remainder.
What are the meeting times?
Meetings are typically held between 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. or noon – 1 p.m. However, they are not “breakfast” or “lunch”. Coffee, water and juice are provided at no cost to Partners.
How often are the meetings held?
We understand that time is a precious commodity. Our groups meet once a month for one hour only. This is a blessing for most business owners and professionals who found the time commitment of other networking groups to be prohibitive.
Is one hour a month enough to build relationships?
No, our meetings are meant to be convenient and productive. We have a time-tested relationship building program in addition to monthly meetings. Chiefly Partner “pairings” and social functions like golf outings and sports events.
Is there a membership – i.e., Partnership – fee?
u.s. referrals is a professional organization of Partners who are serious about referral marketing. As such, there is an annual prepaid Partnership fee.