We are all looking for ways to improve our businesses. Whether we are business owners, marketing professionals, HR coordinators or freelance, we want to better our skills, improve our network of people we know and continue learning and contributing in our career field. While there are a number of ways to potentially accomplish these goals, perhaps one of the most cost efficient and successful is by joining a local organization.
Joining business organizations or networking groups lets you interact with like-minded people who can be invaluable sources of information and support—and increase your business success. Many business organizations also offer other benefits to members, such as discounts on particular services or products or special promotional opportunities.
Besides the support and camaraderie, belonging to business organizations can increase your business’s credibility. Many potential clients or customers view membership in relevant business groups as a sign that you’re an established business and accepted by your industry.
Now that we’ve convinced you that joining an organization is a great way to increase and improve your business, take a look at some of the wonderful local organizations that are available!
Center Sphere is a group of business professionals whose mission is to share referrals, ideas, and resources. If you want to expand your business and contacts you should join. We only allow one trade/profession per group. We have a METHODICAL REFERRAL PROCESS that produces results. We use a method in which social interaction leads to stronger relationships for your business.
Center Sphere also utilizes technology to SAVE TIME with offline communication after business meetings. This allows every members voice to be heard. It also saves time when connecting and searching for resources for your business. We also provide co-op advertising programs to help each others business.
Center Sphere- ask a member for the meaning of our name. Call 402-889-5439 for more details or visit their website at http://www.centersphere.com/.
Greater Omaha Chamber
The Greater Omaha Chamber offers the small business community a champion who views our community as a great place for businesses to grow and prosper. The Chamber partners with businesses to improve our community attract new business and help existing businesses expand and grow. We offer programs to inform, educate and connect buyers and sellers.
There are three major reasons businesses join the Greater Omaha Chamber. The Chamber helps members make money, reduce costs and save time. We’ll help you connect with other businesses, participate in member only savings programs, and we offer faster access to members and information.
We advocate for a pro-business climate at the federal, state and local level. There is something for everyone. It all starts with your membership. See for yourself at OmahaChamber.org.
Being able to express yourself coherently and confidently is critical skill in today’s business world. If you’re ready to enhance your communication and leadership skills, then Toastmasters is for you.
In Toastmasters, you have the opportunity to speak on a regular basis. You will practice in a friendly, non-threatening environment, with other people who are there for the same reason!
Toastmasters is not just about speaking—it also about leadership development. You will enhance your listening and critical thinking skills—being tactful when delivering constructive criticism—leading and conducting meetings—and thinking on your feet.
There are over 40 Toastmasters club meetings in the Omaha metro area at different times of the week. To find a club that works for you, go to www.toastmasters.org and click on the “Find” button or call (402) 658-2517 for more information.
How can a business owner support her community, grow professionally and make new friends? Join G.R.O.W. – Greater Resources for Omaha Women! We are a service organization that started in 1982 to provide a networking opportunity for women. Although we strongly encourage referrals and conduct business with fellow members, we are also a group of women that support education, safety, and business growth in the Omaha area.
In 2010, thanks to our members and a very successful silent auction event, we awarded 4 women students over $3,000 in scholarships. These are women that don’t normally qualify for student loans or grants because their situation is non-traditional, and we made a difference in their success.
Please join us for our next Networking Lunch on March 30th or plan to attend our 2011 Scholarship Fundraiser Silent Auction Event on April 28th. Visit www.growomaha.org or contact our Chair, Amy Lambirth at 402.650.8631 for more information.
Council Bluffs Chamber of Commerce
The Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce is a privately-funded business and professional membership organization with over 800 members. The Chamber provides a host of programs and services designed to advocate for business interests, stimulating local business growth and prosperity.
The Chamber offers networking events, promotes the community, provides marketing opportunities, represents the interests of business with government, and takes political action. In addition, the Chamber is a resource center for visitors and individuals interested in relocating to the community. The Chamber partners with Iowa Western Community College and SBDC to offer training programs for chamber members and their employees.
Join today! Visit www.councilbluffsiowa.com or call (712) 325-1000 for more information.
OBWN is a group of professional women from Omaha and surrounding area consisting of business women interested in developing relationships to grow their personal business or the business of their employer. OBWN assists women to develop lasting personal and professional relationships. The diversity in our membership creates opportunities.
OBWN meets on the 1st Wednesday of each month from 11:30 to 1:00 p.m. at the Westside Community Center. Meetings include lunch, a program and networking opportunities! Social gatherings are held the 3rd Thursday of each month from 5:30 to 7:30 at local businesses.
To promote and improve you and your business while building relationships with Omaha woman. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us at our website at https://obwn.pbworks.com or join us on facebook.
Sarpy County Chamber of Commerce
I’m sure there are a number of ‘networking’ organizations out there vying for your membership but, you will not find an older, more respected organization for the support of business success than the Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber of Commerce stands behind you, supporting your endeavors with pro-business legislation. It stands beside you when your business fluctuates and it stands in front of you leading the way in economic development to increase opportunities in your community. Does your ‘networking’ group do that?
Why the Sarpy County Chamber of Commerce?
You’ve got other Chambers to choose from but, do you remember Goldilocks and the three bears? Sarpy County Chamber of Commerce is not too small or not too big – we’re just right for you! www.sarpychamber.org
The American Society for Training and Development: Nebraska Chapter
ASTD Nebraska is an organization dedicated to today’s workplace learning and performance professionals. If the person who trained you at your job was exceptionally good at facilitating your learning, he or she might be a member of our organization.
ASTD Nebraska is a local chapter of The American Society for Training and Development (ASTD), the world’s largest association dedicated to workplace learning and performance (WLP) professionals. Our mission is to “enhance members’ abilities to train, develop and support clients and organizations and our local global communities.” We provide our 300+ members with quality resources, networking opportunities, and continuing education.
If you are a WLP professional—perhaps you just call yourself a corporate trainer, a mentor, or a coach—we can help you take your career to the next level.. www.astdnebraska.org
BNI of the Heartland (Nebraska, Wyoming, Western South Dakota, and Southwest Iowa) offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and most importantly, business referrals. Currently with 35 chapters, nearly 800 members passed over 25000 referrals which generated over $12 million in closed business in 2010. That is an average of $484 per referral and 33 referrals per member, making the average seat worth nearly $16,000…over 4000% return on investment!!!
Belonging to BNI is like having dozens of sales people working for you that carry your business cards with them, and when they meet someone who could use your products or services, they take out your card and recommend you.
BNI provides a structured and supportive system of giving and receiving business. It does so by providing an environment in which you develop personal relationships with dozens of other qualified business professionals. By establishing this “formal” relationship with other people, you will have the opportunity to substantially increase your business.
For more information please contact our regional office at 402-880-6311, email email@example.com or visit our website, www.bniheartland.com.
Western Douglas County Chamber of Commerce
What’s the best kept secret in West O? It’s the Western Douglas County Chamber of Commerce of course! Although you may not have heard of us, we’ve been around since the early 1980’s and have over 260 active members. Our membership consists of large corporations and a few franchises, but mostly small businesses in the Elkhorn, Valley, Waterloo, Bennington and West Omaha communities.
What sets us apart from other organizations is proven year after year. We have more than doubled our membership count since 2005. Our monthly luncheon draws an average 75 people, and our monthly Coffee and Connections exposes an average 35 people to local businesses. In 2010, our Annual Awards Banquet broke records with over 280 attendees and our Annual Golf Outing supplied $7,000 in scholarships to local high school seniors. But most importantly, our members came together to support our community Food Basket Program and provided Christmas Dinner and Groceries to over 450 families.
Being a part of our Chamber not only allows for growth and exposure for your business, but an opportunity to get involved and make a difference in our communities. For more information call Amy or Jim at 402.289.9560 or visit www.wdccc.org.