My company (WebMechanix) is part of several different chambers of commerce and tech councils.
We joined these organizations for several reasons:
- To get our name out there
- Benefit from the resources available to members
- Make new connections within our community
- Give back to the community with volunteer and pro-bono work
- Learn from seminars put on by the chamber/tech councils
- Network with local businesses who have products/services that we need as well as provide them with our services
That last one could be categorized as business development.. and that’s exactly what I wanted to write about here…
Here is my testimonial to the Howard Tech Council (specifically Larry Collins):
Dear Howard Technology Council & Larry Collins & Linda Burger,
I wanted to write this to show my thanks for your valuable, continued support!
You guys certainly know how to kill two birds with one stone. I attended the recent “Facebook for Business” seminar where there were a few dozen professionals that came to learn how to use social media for their businesses.
WebMechanix came to participate in the discussion and network with local businesses. During the networking portion after the seminar, I made a connection with the marketing manager of a fellow HTC member and scheduled a lunch meeting with them later in the week.
Long story short, they expressed their interest in learning more about the internet and social media (our specialty) and they became a client!
Both WebMechanix and the new client received a pretty dramatic ROI from the seminar. WebMechanix got a new client and the client now has a dedicated team handling their social media and web marketing strategy.
Thank you very much HTC, Larry, and Linda!
Chief Technology Officer