Are you buying a list or joining a group
That is always the question when looking to join any type of business promotion or networking group. Do they help their members find business or are they saying by being a member that would atomically bring business to their members. If they clam they help their members, then how? Do they hold regular member meetings? Do they conduct educational seminars? Do they include advertising on their website? Do they provide a full list of members for their members? All of these are great questions. Other things to think about are the cost of doing business. Is it one set price to join or is that the cover charge at the door. By being a member it is important to really know what you are paying for. It is always best to ask up front for a membership packet of some kind that lists in detail what it is you get as a member. This will tell you if you are paying for a list and to attend meetings or if it is more. More being the ability to have tables at expose, a profile page, getting into any of the advertising the groups dose for little to no money & or featured member program. You could say buyer beware because the person running the group & the company who owns the group is getting paid up front while you the consumer have to make your membership work. Do they really care if you succeed? That is always the question. If the member dose well then they will make the group look great but on the flip side if they don’t then the group looks bad. It is always in the best interest of the group to help all members. To sum it all up, find out what you get as a member up front then decide if you want to join.