Long Island Business Resource Association
"For the Business People, By the Business People"
2016 - LIBRA is Strong
Wow! What a year. 2015 was the revitalization of LIBRA Networking and the group had a great year. Meetings had solid turnout and the speakers alone were worth the cost of breakfast.
The contact people of the group will be Robert Kothe and Charlie Razenson.
Out of respect to our current members we do not want too much duplication of membership. Please contact Charlie or Robert if you would like to learn more about LIBRA membership.
Although there is not necessarily exclusivity among membership, LIBRA is an environment where you don’t have to keep looking over your shoulder to see if you have competitors in the group.
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LIBRA is an informal networking meeting that meets once a month to help business people create networking relationships with other business people. By the word casual we still dress to impress but we barely have any rules.
No Rules, Just Networking:
- No exclusivity and membership restrictions
- Anyone can volunteer to be a speaker
- No dress code. Business attire is typical, but if you want to leave the wrong impression its your right.
- No attendance requirements. Attend some, miss some.
- No dues or membership fees. You just pay $15 to cover your breakfast when you attend
- We are open to suggestions. Suggestions have gotten us a golf outing and a holiday party. (If paint ball were popular enough Im sure we would try it. Heck, we all could name a few business people who we would want to shoot at. )
Where and When We Meet.
How to become a member:
Just show up. (Perhaps call or email first)
Can I bring a friend?
What about exclusivity regarding my industry?
There is no exclusivity.
If you were a financial advisor (for example), are you the only financial advisor who attends a chamber of commerce meeting? Are you the only financial advisor who attends a business after hours meeting at a restaurant? Is there a bouncer at the door that stops you and says, Im sorry but we already exceeded our limit on attorneys at this function you are not allowed in. ?
Why do other networking groups have exclusivity?
The confusion lies in the fact that there are other strategic networking meetings where membership is limited to one attendee per industry. Some of these meetings cost several thousand dollars per year to attend. If you were paying several thousand dollars to attend a meeting it is only fair to demand exclusivity within the networking environment.
But is exclusivity really exclusive?
Even in networking groups where membership is controlled it is impossible to provide exclusive arrangements.
Have you ever seen this at an exclusive meeting?
Hi, Im Tom, I am the meetings automobile insurance broker. I really do all types of insurance and financial analysis as well as provide driving lessons but Im only allowed to talk about auto insurance at this meeting. Becky over there represents homeowners insurance and Roy is the groups financial advisor and Jim is with a driving school so you are supposed to talk to them for the other stuff that I do.
Lets be honest, In this day and age diversity protects your income so it is not uncommon for a real-estate broker to also provide mortgages and a screen printer to also sell specialty imprinted items and embroidery. We are not poking fun at exclusive meetings but it is nearly impossible for the organizers to provide a truly exclusive mix of people. Toes are going to be stepped on.
So how do I make an impression when I am in a room with a competitor or two?
To start with, longevity is important. Drifters who attend only one meeting every now and then are easily forgotten and barely leave an impression. If you attended regularly you would be easily recognized and personal imprinting will take place.
Most important, the meeting after the meeting.
Even the most eloquent speaker can not impress a room so that the entire room is ready to do business with her or him just from a two minute commercial. A good elevator speech may show that you talk the talk but you still need to prove that you walk the walk.
Most important is to make a connection after the meeting. Get a business card. Pull out your appointment books and pick a day and time to get together over a cup of coffee.
It is there at the Starbucks, The Panera Bread, or especially the Au Bon Pain in Woodbury (where we meet) where you can get to know each other better.
So does that mean that members are listed in no particular order?
Absolutely not. There is still favoritism based on leadership and participation. While most members casually come and go and attend the meetings there is a small group of founders and volunteers who are providing their time, energy and resources when the meeting is weeks away. Im sure you agree that it is only fair to list this small base of hard workers higher on the listings. These are unpaid positions. This also sends a signal to others who wish to pitch in that there is still a minor reward to providing extra effort.
So how do I get listed as a member?
1) Write something.
2) Email it to email@example.com with the subject "LIBRA Bio"
3) Be patient. The website developer is a volunteer just like the rest of the organizers who owns and operates a busy and successful business. He is also a really nice guy, a little chubby but cute in some ways. OK you caught me. I wrote this section.
We are developing the website in sections so check back to watch it evolve.
Thank you for visiting our website and we hope to see you at the next LIBRA meeting.