SIX DEGREES Frequently asked questions
Can anyone join a SixDegrees?
tWe only allow one person per professional specialty.
How do you know new members are reputable?
The application asks for references and we have members of our leadership committee that check them. We allow visitors to come to our meeting for up to three visits. This gives us all the opportunity to get to know each other and to assess the viability of our potential members.
What if a member gets a referral and does poor work?
SixDegrees Business Networking is self-managed. One meeting per month is dedicated as a "Business Meeting" to iron out any issues that members may have. We devote that one meeting to address issues, concerns, dues collecting, special events, growth of the group and other group management discussions. It is imperative that anyone who has concerns to address them at our monthly Business Meeting.
What occupations benefit the most from networking?
It is not the occupation, it is the individual. The occupation can be anything. If you're focused and you have a dream and you're willing to offer your effort, you are the person we want in the group.
Are members supposed to bring visitors?
Members are encouraged to bring new visitors and encourage prospects to join. Visitors are encouraged to describe their business at our meetings. If a visitor is in direct or seemingly direct competition with another member of the group, it is up to that member to be the "gateway" through which the visitor may or may not enter the group, either in a cooperative manner, each of the two offering a different focus or providing them with an invitation to join a different Six Degrees group that does not have a competing business. New members and visitors can revitalize the chapter with new contacts from their own businesses.
Visitors can apply as long as their profession or "seat" is open. There is a screening process conducted by the group members that gives approval for new applicants to be inducted.
What can I expect at the meetings?
SixDegree's objectives are to give members an opportunity to network, provide qualified leads, and ask for referrals. The weekly meetings are designed to meet these objectives. The formal meeting begins following a 15-20 minute networking breakfast social. Visitors are introduced and encouraged to pass business cards. During the meeting each member is then given the opportunity to present their business and business needs in a 60-second commercial. Visitors are asked to present their business as well. Following the 60-second commercials successful leads are presented and testimonials are given. SixDegrees Business Networking meets every Wednesday morning from 7:15am-8:30am.
How much does it cost to be a member?
The intent of Six Degrees Business Networking is to grow member's businesses and not to profit from the act of meeting. In order to cover the expense of meetings (facility, breakfast, coffee, etc.) and promotional activities such as website, and advertisements, there are dues collected quarterly in the amount of $100 per quarter. An application fee of $50 is charged for new members. Our charter stipulates that assessments can occur in the event an expense is agreed upon by majority vote. The membership belongs to the person who applied and paid for the membership. We encourage corporate memberships and they may alternate persons in our meetings (one each week) but payment for those memberships must be made by corporate or company check.
Do ethical rules for certain professions prohibit participation in SixDegrees Business Networking?
We understand the importance of the ethical concerns governing certain professions and acknowledges that rules can differ by location. As such, Six Degrees therefore requires its members to uphold the rules of its profession so as not to violate the professional's ethical obligations. In the event that Six Degree's general rules could potentially violate a professional's ethical code, Six Degrees' rules are superceded by the dictates of the professional's ethics code. Significantly, a primary objective of Six Degrees is to educate its membership in ways to market and grow business.
My profession does not let me directly solicit business. Is business networking still right for me?
Our primary objective is to assist its members in ways to improve their business and to educate them concerning how they can effectively network. Business people get business when their expertise is known and others reach a comfort level with them. Six Degrees provides a forum that allows members to meet other business peers who want and need to know effective and efficient business people.