Our Christmas Networking Event – Building Relationships

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There were a lot of new faces at the Think Local Christmas networking event, and Kirsten and I would like to thank Karen Domaingo and her team at Diamond Estates for all the hard work and planning that went into making it such a success.

This was the fourth Think Local networking event, a joint project by I Love Edenvale and Dragonfly Designs, and it’s grown from strength to strength.  We all know that the best advertising is word of mouth, and word of mouth is happening all the time, whether you’re aware of it or not.  The purpose of these events is for local businesses to meet and get to know one another and the products and services available right here in Edenvale.

Networking is a proactive approach to meeting people in order to learn how you can help them. It is not about selling your stuff.  It’s all about learning from, and potentially helping people through the products and services you offer.

The purpose of a networking event is not to exchange business cards, as many people may believe, it is to build relationships.  Relationships don’t happen overnight, they take time and effort. 

I’m happy to say that those who have been regularly attending our networking events over the last few months, have built sound relationships and are beginning to see the value of connecting with other local businesses.

Bianca Hersov, one of the most dynamic business women I know, spoke about the importance of reviewing your business, getting feedback not only from staff, but from clients, so that we can begin the new year with a plan to improve.  Bianca knows what she’s talking about, being the owner of not one, but three businesses in Edenvale, Urban Spoon Catering, Corporate Conferencing Centre and the Glendower View Guest House.

A big thank you to everyone who attended and especially for leaving your Christmas gifts for the elderly under the Christmas tree. These will be distributed during December.

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One of the undertakings of ILoveEdenvale.net is to create stronger local community connections among Edenvale residents and the businesses that serve them.

We want to make it easier for all local businesses to communicate their message to our local marketplace — and make it easier for local residents to find and take advantage of great services and products offered by local businesses they might otherwise never hear about.

If you own a local business, we invite you to list your business in the online directory. At R500 for 12 months, it’s highly affordable, and it’s where Edenvale residents are already looking.

If you have an upcoming community event you would like to promote, please email admin@iloveedenvale.net so that we can add your event to our calendar.

If you would like to be featured in our email newsletter or on our website, please contact michelle@iloveedenvale.net for information on how to do this.

We hope you enjoy and contribute to our locally-owned, local community directory.

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