A: We are a network of professionals, for professionals. We empower each other through desirable friendships that produce quality business from a variety of meaningful events.
GBN Rules, Policies, & Procedures
General GBN Questions
What is the GBN Mission Statement?
What makes GBN different from other organizations?
A: GBN focuses on friendships first, business second. We believe that by making the members of your group your friends, you will get more referrals, higher quality referrals, and your weekly meeting will be something you look forward to every week. We are lower cost, have superior marketing, have flexible policies, and we are a Non-Profit Organization.
Do I have to attend every meeting?
A: Yes, well mostly. All members must attend personally or have a representative from their company attend all meetings. Members are permitted to miss up to 3 meetings per quarter. Violation of this will result in a 6 month probation period. If a violation of this rule occurs during the probation period, the chapter leadership team can revoke the member’s membership. If the member’s membership should be revoked, no refunds or credits will be given. Members can be excused for military duty, maternal/paternal leave, vacation, or medical reasons, approved by the GBN Board.
How do I grow my GBN chapter?
A: GBN primarily grows through word of mouth, and here are a few things you can do to help: regularly bring visitors whose businesses would fit into and complement your group and ensure that you maintain strong relationships with the other members of your chapter, as those connections are what keep your group going – and growing.
I am not a GBN Member, can I still use the GBN App?
A: Yes! The GBN App is meant to be a resource for business professionals around the country. Feel free to pass referrals, check-in to events, network with GBN Members, view local networking events, and more.
Can I be a sponsor of GBN or a GBN related event?
A: Absolutely. Email us at email@example.com to learn more about sponsorship opportunities.
I am not a GBN Member, can I still attend G-Net or the GBN Annual Retreat?
A: Yes! G-Net and the cruise are open to any business professional to attend.
Who do I contact if I have questions?
A: Ask your chapter leadership first. If you cannot get the answer you seek, contact us at 843-933-3025 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Networking Membership Questions
How much does GBN cost?
A: All members must renew membership July 1st. Membership is $180 per year and we prorate based on the month you join in the annual membership year. All new members have to pay a $50 application fee.
Can I visit before joining?
A: Yes! In fact, we encourage you to visit a group at least 2 times before you apply and pay to join.
Can I represent more than one business at my group?
A: No. Each membership is only in place for one business. Another person may join the group to represent your second business.
GBN doesn’t have any openings for me, what should I do?
A: You can fill out an application and be added to our waiting list, or you can apply to become a Chapter Leader and start your own GBN group.
Can I join more than one group?
A: Yes! We do not restrict the number of groups that you can join. However, we do not recommend joining more than 2 networking groups, as you can quickly get overwhelmed and either your work quality, life quality, or group attendance will typically suffer.
As a GBN Member, can I join another networking organization?
A: Yes! We do not restrict our members from growing their business. In fact, we encourage you to be involved in other organizations.
I have a conflict with another member. What do I do?
A: 1) Three or more members of the group can request a new vote for group leadership and we can re-vote all leadership positions. One of the members requesting the re-vote must be willing to accept the new position opened up from the vote.
2) If a majority of the group requests that a member be removed, we will have the Chapter Leader or a GBN board member remove the member(s) from the group.
Rules, Reports, Tips/Tricks, & Policy Questions
Do you have referral requirements?
A: NO! Members should only pass referrals that they have spoken to and know that are currently seeking another member’s services. GBN does not approve of members passing “cold leads/cold calls” to each other.
How do I report my Close of Business?
A: When turning in closed business reports, please report either commission or revenue generated (largest $ in the transaction). You can submit this via the referral forms in your group or via the GBN App.
Do you have any tips for my 60-second presentation?
- Say your name, business name, and industry
- Say in 20 seconds what you do
- Say in 20 seconds what the ideal referral or referral partner is for you
- Close with your name, business name, industry, and preferred contact method
Do you have any tips for my 10-minute presentation?
- Highlight your experience in your industry or things that separate you from your competition
- Mention a few featured products/services that will touch people in that moment
- Be light and help to make people laugh
- Practice beforehand and be mindful of your time
- Allow for 2 minutes worth of questions at the end
What is GBN’s refund policy?
A: Great Business Networking does not issue refunds without Board Member approval. If you sign up for a group and due to a member conflict (industry related) or a group closing, your membership is ended before your payment expires, we will issue a statement of credit for the remaining months you are entitled to for you to join another group.
What if a member treats me unfairly or provides poor service to a referral?
A: Your local leadership team and the GBN Board will investigate the matter in question and make a determination about the individual’s ethics and whether or not they should be allowed to stay in GBN. We do not guarantee or settle business disputes.
Will GBN promote my business to all of its’ members?
A: No. Individual business promotion, events, and specials are your responsibility to promote. However, you can post in our Facebook groups, visit other GBN groups, or be a GBN sponsor for additional promotion.
Where Does the GBN Money Go?
The money we receive goes into the following three “buckets”:
- Company Operational Costs
- Advertising (Website, Social Media, Print Publications, Mailing, & More)
- System Operations (Databases, Software to facilitate meetings/referrals/real-time information exchanges)
- Daily Operations (Accounting, Commissions for Area Leaders, Salaries)
- Philanthropic Efforts (Volunteer/Community Service Work)
- Event Operation Costs
- Drinks, food, awards, and giveaways at various events
- Marketing Expenses
- Printing Expenses
- Administration time for executing events and systems