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Networking is a great tool for your business for a number of reasons. Networking can also make some people feel reeaally uncomfortable.  In this blog, we let you know some of the benefits of networking, give you some helpful tips if you are new to networking (or attending a new network) and some conversation starters to help ease the nerves of attending those first few meetings. There are soooo many things you can do to...

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A message to members (and visitors!) with regards to the in-person meetings. We have had a number of people ask us when our in-person meetings will start again.  We’ve seen other networking groups start to have in-person meetings.  We are all about “you do you” and wish these networks all the best.  If you feel comfortable attending these meetings, we fully respect your decision to do so. CNBN made the decision early on to not...

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Connect Now Business Network strives to enrich the community and stands firmly committed to creating a group that supports inclusiveness and diversity, which means welcoming and accepting all people regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, LGBTQIA+, ability, socio-economic class, age or spirituality. As a direct reflection of our core values, diversity cultivates conversation, collaboration, and deeper understanding of one another. Diversity and inclusiveness enrich our group and our communities. All are welcome! Our goal...

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“Support Small Business”, “Keep it Canadian”, “Shop Local” …. Which messaging should you choose? I’ve seen all three of these phrases used recently and each of them holds merit in their own right.  Below I’ll let you know why I prefer one of them above the others.   Support Small: As a small business owner myself this one holds dear to my heart! Of course we have all heard it said that the Walmart’s and...

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How to keep your head business, when everyone about you is losing theirs. From time to time it is going to happy.  The world gets a little wonkey and the word “recession” starts getting bounded around news broadcasts, social media and eventually into your networks.  News and Social Media thrive on panic and exaggeration.  Fear sells.  However your network should be a place for stalwart support and guidance.  So here we are telling you, when...

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Entrepreneurship is NOT about taking RISKS. It’s about mitigating risks. It’s almost a cliché in business. You must be a risk-taker to be an entrepreneur: “it’s all about taking risks”.  Even the iconic Canadian Chris Hadfield is quoted as saying: “Almost everything worthwhile carries with it some sort of risk, whether it’s starting a new business, whether it’s leaving home, whether it’s getting married, or whether it’s flying in space.” Even Facebook founder Mark Z...

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What sets you apart? What sets your company apart? Recently Connect Now Business Network (”CNBN”) reviewed our SWOT analysis.  And it got us to thinking how much this company has grown since it underwent new ownership with Katie McKay a little over a year ago. It took a while to dig past “strengths for any networking group” (and there are many good ones out there) and really focus on what is great about us.  It...

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“HOW COULD NETWORKING POSSIBLY GROW MY BUSINESS?” I’ve heard it a lot – business owners don’t seem to think that networking is a relevant way to grow your business anymore, and also think that it is outdated, there are better ways to advertise, and that it’s too time-consuming. I disagree. If you only go to one meeting expecting to land a sale, you’ll end up frustrated and think that networking doesn’t work. That mindset just...

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Connect Now was created because we need each other to fulfill our purpose. Life as an entrepreneur can be isolating, and Connect Now is where you can find your circle of support, business owner to business owner, professional to professional, person to person. Whether you are a member, sponsor, or leader, Connect Now is here to help you build your business. Join our community of like-minded business owners and professionals.

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