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Steve, yes I was working when I was approached by Wal-mart management and said that they would really like to discuss opportunities with me, said they had been in a few times and said they were very impressed with my overall work ethic and management style. I told them I would not discuss any opportunities with them while I was working they proceeded with giving me their card and they called me the next day and were persistent for me to come in so my next off day I did go in to speak with the district manager at his office,and they offered me a great position, however I declined to accept the job do to a serious family medical situation. This was one of three head hunters that approached me just while I worked at Kmart for a short period of time.

When I would ask people ,they could have been the waiter, waitress, cashier, host, anybody who I thought may have had the overall customer service qualities that I would look for. You can teach almost anybody a trade or a skill, However obvious customer service skills and the way one presents themselves is a talent they must master on their own. Conversation would just be brought up in a general friendly talk, no pressure by any means, maybe a compliment on their quality of work or by the way they presented themselves.
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I joined the local chamber of commerce right out of the gate, literally as I opened up for business at the begining of last summer, I figured It would be a great way to network, meet other business owner & possibly even pick up some commercial accounts, store fronts etc. *It took them about 40 days to approve the membership & officially induct my company into the chamber. *Which was fine, but by then I had I guess about 30 residential clients & 2 property managment companies that I picked up ( maintaining all vacant rentals ). *I was too busy to go to the meetings!! *They kept calling asking me to come so they could introduce me & I didn't slow down enough to go until December! *Crazy... *Right now I could go to meetings 3 days a week though! *haha. * oh well, that's how it grows I guess.

But still I have only recieved 1 phone call from someone that was reffered to me or heard about me through the chamber. I don't think I'll rejoin next year.
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Chuck,

Were there other lawn care business owners in the chamber along with you?

Do you have any thoughts on what % of those you met at the chamber could be potential customers?

Is this just a case of they don't know you well enough yet to contact you or refer you and that would happen over time?

Or what's your view?
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Chuck, what type of fees did you have to pay ?? Here it is based on your business size number of employees (ex) under 3 employees first year would be $440.00 and goes up from there. I think over 100 employees like $1500.00 or so. I too was looking at it for networking and the exposure you get through their monthly news letter and they do a feature article here on you at your descretion of 100 words. They also will link their web-site to yours and you can offer a discount to other chamber business organizations and their employees. Also there is substantial discounts for savings on workers compensation etc. I thought seriously about joining we use to belong to our BBB, but I felt for their fees like yourself we did not get any new calls to justify their fees we had to pay. Here the BBB will still give potential customers information about us, but will clearly state that we are not a member. This could cause us to lose alot of calls at least that is what I am contemplating.
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Yes there are other lawn services in there. *The truth is honestly it might work & generate more business if I had more time to devote to the meetings, business card exchanges etc. * Since joining I get all kinds of solicitations from other members in my PO Box & reality is I haven't even mailed out any myself. * So On second thought I really haven't given it a fair shake, *no real effort in & nothing gained out. * I did meet one gentlman who is vp for acompany that is a prop. mngmt firm for condo associations & I (so I was told after following up) was put on the email list to be informed when their condos go up for bid..... *Nothing yet though!

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*I belive I paid about $260 for annual membership Then an additional $25 for a 2nd listing in their directory ( so I'd be under both lawncare & landscaping ) *Like I said above it hasn't done a ton for me but it is an avenue to pursue business & I just haven't really pursued it much. *It does seem to add a level of credibility though when you tell potential clients that your a member. *Good luck & hope that helps!



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Thanks for response sorry for my very late reply. I joined two chambers the first of March they offered me a dual chamber membership at a great rate. I also qualified for using a third party administator for discount on Workers Compensation (discount should take 85% off current rate). Now reviewing health care options with them. I have not been able as of yet to go to any of their meetings or events but I will plan on it asap. They have also linked our web-site to theirs and we can be spot lighted on a newpaper they put out and we are in both directories we also can showcase on their web-site a discount for all other chamber business members and their employees. I am working on some of the detail with that now and just have been really tied up with a direct mail that we just did. They seem to offer a lot more benefits of being involved, I guess I will see. You are right I have told a few people potential clients we belong to both chambers and their response has been good. Seems to them it differiantes us from non-members? At least in the views of a few, (Not as of yet in my opinion.)
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