Which one is right for you?

Top 3 things to consider



What is a Business Networking Referral Group?

Business:  An organization/person which provides a product or service to sell.

Networking:  A place to exchange information with people that have a common interest.

Referral: Sharing/referring a service, product or person to someone
Group:  People who have regular contact and work together to achieve common goals.

A business networking group can be one of the most valuable tools that you use to grow your business both personally and professionally offering you:

  • A place to meet and build relationships with like-minded people.
  • A team that is ready to help, support, share ideas and brainstorm
  • People that want to exchange referrals contributing to each other’s success

With so much choice it’s hard to know which one is the right fit for you.

There are business events based on one offs, Gender, Cultural, Race, Age etc. But it is my belief that if we want to grow as a true community, with no prejudice, we need to build groups that are inclusive to all, bring everyone together.

Being an entrepreneur, owning a business, offering a product/service to help others that you are passionate about is wonderfully rewarding, but make no mistake, we all have the same challenges whether you are running solo or leading a large company. This is why it’s so important to be part of a TEAM – when things are going well and when business presents challenges.  It works both ways! 

Here are 3 key points to consider when participating in a business group


When the group is diverse it opens you up to people you normally wouldn’t meet, that are not in your circle, gives you an opportunity to learn from your peers, become better at your craft and enjoy a well-rounded business.


  • men and woman, all age groups, cultures, education
  • start-ups and established businesses, mentors and mentorship
  • professionals, trades-persons, entrepreneurs and business owners


You need to have the “Go-Giver” mindset, and be all in.  That means being an active participant, sharing, educating and opening your doors as well.  You need to be the member you want others to be and it needs to feel good.


  • people you feel genuinely want to help each other and are welcoming
  • format that allows for sharing and presenting to really get to know each other
  • members that volunteer/fund-raise/non-profit//teach/help other


A group or team will thrive when you have commonalities.   Creating a community environment cements relationships, there really is no division between personal and professional relationships, it’s just all about your Relationships.


  • What can you learn and what can you give to the group to have a team that thrives?
  • What is the mission or common thread that keeps you together?
  • Do you have similar interests such as hobbies, sports, kids, favourite causes?

What is the best choice for you?  Where do you start? 

It starts with you, and although it can require a financial commitment it is more about the investment of TIME that matters to be successful at networking.

It’s important to send the right message, what message are you sending?

I welcome you to attend an event with GR Business Networking – we offer weekly meetings, a variety of events put on by GR and Members, workshops to help you succeed with a variety of times and days to fit your schedule.

I also invite you to Awesome-Preneurs – a monthly event sharing inspiring stories and connecting business people.

Are you participating in a business networking group?

Do you have questions?

Feel free to jot me a note, I welcome your conversation and answering any questions you have.

Margaret-Ann Davis 
Business Networking is my Business
GR Business Networking Ottawa

A must read for all business owners:  “The Go-Giver” by Bob Burg & John David Mann

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