Who doesn’t want a return on investment?

From office equipment to staffing, business supplies and business lunches, research, development and proposal drafting, we like our hours to be billable.

Sometimes they’re not – and that’s OK.

“It’s all about relationship building –people like to identify a company with a familiar face, creating a sense of trust,” said Tara King, Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce executive director. Chamber mixers and networking events allow members to get to know one another in a relaxed atmosphere. Time spent at a business card exchange puts a face with the name on a business card. It connects business professionals in the local community.

Swapping business cards, making introductions and starting to build connections in a face-time environment is a soft-skills business tool no one should be without. “Networking is key to building successful relationships and credibility creates confidence within that relationship, leading to credible referrals,” King said.

Two upcoming opportunities for Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce members to mix it up are happening right now, come out and give it a try, you just never know who you’re going to meet:

Join members from Upper Bucks and Upper Perkiomen Valley Chambers of Commerce from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 9, at the Spinnerstown Hotel, located at 2196 Spinnerstown Rd. in Spinnerstown, PA. “Chamber happy hours are far more than a social gathering with friends. They are opportunities to meet with people you want to do business with,” said Luanne B. Stauffer, Upper Perkiomen Valley Chamber of Commerce president. You can register for the joint chamber event here.

“Profitibility is not found bargain hunting, it’s more like farming, you have to nurture it and it takes patience. You can’t buy it,” King said.  Next up, and more on this outstanding chance to meet and eat on next week’s post, available Wednesday, Oct. 15: The 9th annual Upper Bucks Foodie event will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 16, at the Sands Chrysler Jeep Dodge, 501 NW End Blvd. in Quakertown.

Stats tell the story:

  • 65%of new business comes from referrals.
  • Referred customers spend an average of 13.2% more than regular customers

Don’t miss out!

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