To survie AND thrive in business you need a great support network and membership in associations that will enhance your business is an important tool.
Choosing the associations and network is not easy, there are plenty of groups wanting your money but you need to assess what it is that you get from them.
I chose the Australian Business Women’s Network (ABN) and am happy to say that I have not regretted it for one minute!
My ABN membership is so much more than a simple email newsletter and sporadic networking events.
The ABN provides information, education and opportunities to meet like minded businesswomen. I am constantly impressed by the calibre of other members in every encounter.
I am able to learn and network at a time that suits me through the blog, webinars and the Know-How Now community. It is really important that we are able to use up to date technology and learn about the relevance to our own businesses.
I am still learning and exploring all of the ABN tools and am looking forward to growing my business and network with the support of the ABN. I also value the fact that I am able to particpate in the ABN. This is how I run my own business and work with my own customers.
Every time I have had contact with the ABN Team, I have always felt like a valuable member and not treated like a ‘subscriber’. This personal touch, lead by Suzi Dafnis, an accomplished, genuine woman provides immediate support when needed.
Recently, I had the opportunity to be involved in a panel discussion, chaired by Suzi Dafnis, ABN Community Director. This was an interesting stimulating meeting where we all had the opportunity to discuss our own needs and experiences. Suzi discssed new initiatives and programs that have been developed as a result of ABN research and member feedback.
The ABN is certainly relevant to me, my business and the current climate. I would encourage every woman running a business to join and grow with the support of the ABN and other members.
Oh! By the way, it is not exclusively for women, there are men in the ABN…
If you have any questions about the ABN you would like to ask me, please leave a comment and I will reply.
I encourage you to visit the site and explore what the ABN has to offer. Visit: www.abn.org.au