The Beach Biz Chapter of Business Network International is less than a year old, but is already close to a quarter million dollars in business passed among its 27 members.
Chapter President and founder Andy Kovacs said the group was bolstered from the beginning with over 100 people attending the launch day event.
“We had an amazing start-up. Very few groups get that sort of critical mass to start,” he said.
The concept is relatively simple: one person per profession can join, and the group members take their business to that member; for example, any members of the Beach Biz Chapter needing financial planning or insurance would take their business to Kovacs, who operates the Sun Life Financial office at Gerrard and Woodbine.
“It’s business not only by referral, but by trusted referral,” said Kovacs. Since launching in June, members of the local chapter have generated over $230,000 of business. “That’s not bad for a $525 investment.”
Kovacs said he’s hoping the chapter can attract a few more members, and bring the total up to around 35; while the business generated tends to increase with more members, that business still needs to be based on personal relationships, he said. One of the goals is to bring all of the members’ networks together.
“That just gives it an exponential dynamic beyond the 27 of us,” he said.
The Beach Biz Chapter meets regularly, but will be hosting a biannual Visitor’s Day breakfast meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at the Naval Club on Gerrard just west of Woodbine, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Visitors can take part in a breakfast, and see what the group is all about in person.
In particular, the professions the chapter hopes to attract members from include a business banking representative, an investment broker, a real estate lawyer, a paralegal, an HR consultant, a florist, a painter, a promotional products dealer, an electrician, a plumber, a landscaper, an osteopath, a registered massage therapist, an event planner and a holistic dentist.
For more information or to RSVP for the visitor’s day, phone Andy Kovacs at 416-342-7460, or reach him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on Business Network International in the Toronto area, visit bnigtaplus.ca. The Beach Biz Chapter has its own page on the website.
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