GBN Rules, Policies, & Procedures

General GBN Questions

What is the GBN Mission Statement?

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.

What is the GBN Philosophy?

A: GBN has the philosophy of Friends First – Business Second. We believe that by creating strong, lasting friendships, we will automatically refer business to each other. This proven strategy is what keeps GBN growing.

What makes GBN different from other organizations?

A: GBN focuses on Friendships First. Business Second. We believe that by making the members of your Chapter 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 are expected to attend each week. But we understand things happen. Therefore, we allow you to miss up to three (3) meetings within a six (6) month period or you are allowed to have up to three (3) subsitutes within the same six (6) month period. This  period runs from January 1 thru June 30 and July 1 thru December 31.  A violation of this will policy could result in the chapter leadership team can revoking the membership. If the membership should be revoked, no refunds or credits will be given. Members may be excused for military duty, maternal/paternal leave, or medical reasons, if approved by the GBN Board.

How do I grow my GBN chapter?

A: GBN grows through word of mouth marketing. Here are a few things you can do to help: Regularly bring visitors whose businesses would fit into and complement your Chapter and ensure that you maintain strong relationships with the other members of your Chapter, as those connections are what keep your members going – and growing.

I am not a GBN Member, can I still use the GBN App?

A: No! Sorry, but the GBN App is meant to be a resource for business professionals within our organization. This is used to pass referrals, check-in to events, network with other  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 info@gbnonline.com to learn more about sponsorship opportunities.

I am not a GBN Member, can I still attend GBN After Hours or the GBN Annual Retreat?

A: Yes! GBN After Hours and the GBN Annual Retreat 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 843-602-9880 or info@gbnonline.com.

Networking Membership Questions

How much does GBN cost?

A: Membership is $180 per year and will renew on your anniversary date. There is a one-time Application Fee of $50

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 Chapter.

Can I join more than one Chapter?

A: We only allow members to join one chapter. This allows others in your profession to receive the benefits of GBN.

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) If there is an issue within your Chapter, first take it to the Membership Director. If needed, include the Chapter Leader. If this does not resolve the issue, contact the Area Director.

2) If a majority of the Chapter requests that a member be removed, we will have the Chapter Leader or a GBN board member remove the member(s) from the Chapter.

3) Members filing the complaint can transfer membership to another Chapter or can partner with Great Business Networking to start a new Chapter that does not conflict with the existing Chapter. Either of these examples must be approved by the Executive Director.

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. However, the more referrals you pass the more referrals you are likely to receive.

How do I report my Close of Business?

A: When turning in closed business reports, please report the largest dollar amount in the transaction. We do not report commissions.

  • Example: A home is sold for $320,000.
    The Realtor reports the Sale Price.
    The Insurance Agent reports the Premium Price.
    The Attorney reports the Attorney Fees.
    The Lender reports the Lending Fees.
    You can submit this 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 Chapter and due to a member conflict (industry related) or a Chapter 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 Chapter.

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 Chapters, 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
    • Printing
    • Advertising (Website, Social Media, the GBN Mobile App, 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