Networking is known to be the key to success, which is probably the reason behind the popular phrase, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” Fast Trackers BNI Networking Group is based in Evansville and is made up of business owners and professionals who come together to help each other obtain qualified referrals and more business.
“It’s like having your group of friends recommending your business every day,” says Theresa Baggett, owner of Fusion Spa & Boutique and a member of the Fast Trackers.
During the first year of joining the group, on average, BNI members increase their business by 20 percent. Fast Trackers have members from all different areas of professions. To maintain its variety, the networking group only allows one person per professional specialty in each chapter.
“Many in our group have been together since the inception of the chapter or shortly thereafter,” says Baggett. “It’s a great group of folks who truly care about each other and anyone they would refer.”
There are several other networking groups in Evansville that encourage networking within its members. Here is a short list and description of a few:
Young Professionals Network (YPN) is a program through the Chamber of Commerce of Southwest Indiana that serves young professionals by providing opportunities for professional development, civic and community engagement, and professional networking.
Rotaract Club of Evansville provides an opportunity for young men and women to enhance the knowledge and skills that will assist them in personal development and to promote better relations between all people worldwide through a framework of friendship and service.
Multicultural Professionals Network encourages and offers multicultural professionals an opportunity to network, socialize, and create personal and professional connections. Its vision is to develop a new generation of transformative leaders reflecting the diversity of the Evansville community.
For more information on local networking groups, visit fasttrackerbni.com, ccswin.com/ypn, and evansvillerotaract.org. The Multicultural Professionals Network Evansville has a Facebook page.