Christian Business Leaders Networking Group, Miami Township, Ohio

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Seven Hills 243495

Someone once said if you are struggling in your market, create a new one!  Well, that is just what I am attempting to do tomorrow.  Our market in the Greater Cincinnati area has been slow the last year like most in the country.  I have always wondered if there was a way to network in church without the other members thinking I was selling Amway.... I have been attending the Rivertree Church (formerly Milford Vineyard) in Clermont County Ohio for about 9 years.  Throughout the many years of volunteering and participating in outreach events and small group studies I have meet other business people and done some "quiet" networking.  We also have a small bulletin board down in the children's area that church members can post a business card to. 

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After many years of thinking about this idea I finally decided to go to the pastor of the church and ask him if he thought a networking group for business professionals would go over well.  He stated that he thought it was a great idea and I should get it started right away.  Well, tomorrow is our first official meeting at Panera Bread in Miami Township Ohio at 8:30am.  I have heard from about 10 people both by phone, and in passing at church saying that they are looking forward to the meeting.  Since it is a brand new group with no previous starting points, I am setting the format as a casual place and time to have people learn about each other.  We will have some organized networking time, time for each attendee to talk about themselves and their business and a short "devotion" with business themes in mind. 

I am hoping that we can create a small online networking group also that coincides with the group meeting in person.  We can work on that as we go.

I am a little nervous about the meeting and I hope I provide a great forum for others to gain some positive relationship building and networking.  I also hope that the group can continue to meet at least once per month for a long time.  My eventual goal is for the group to take on a life of its own and a leader will raise up through the group and take on where I leave off.

I will post again soon on the progress of the group.  Pray for us as we begin!

Thank you for reading...

Derek Tye has been an influential Realtor in the Greater Cincinnati Ohio Market for over 4 years.  For more information about our Greater Cincinnati Ohio Real Estate services we offer please call us at 513-732-2720 or visit our website at www.CincyOhioHomes.com .  Don't miss our Testimonials!


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Derek Tye
2010 Realtor of the Year: Southern Ohio Association of Realtors
The Tye Group with Keller Williams Seven Hills
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Brian Belcher
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Hey, great post. Thanks for the information about your area.

Feb 23, 2009 02:19 PM #1
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Derek Tye
Keller Williams Seven Hills - Montgomery, OH
Top Agent in Greater Cincinnati

Brian,
Thanks for the comment!
Derek

Feb 23, 2009 02:30 PM #2
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Dennis Herman
Crossroads Real Estate LLC - Waldo, WI
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Usually I hear about this problem from the opposite angle, people being afraid to mention religion at work.  There is nothing wrong with discussing business among church members.  I am a Seventh-day Adventist and I have had my business listed on church bulletin boards and Internet sites.  Members moving to the area are looking for someone they can trust.  The first thing they check before calling is the church and school web sites.  A Real Estate Agent may be one of the first people they contact.

My wife just got a job in Cincinnati and I was scanning the posts.  Glad I found yours.  I think Cincinnati is a much friendlier city than Milwaukee.  I am sure your meet was a success and you can teach others to use their business to lead others to Christ.  After all if we can not be a good example in business, why are we in church? 

 

If you are looking for some interesting studies, visit my blog site.

http://adventbiblestudy.wordpress.com/

 

Sep 01, 2009 04:11 PM #3
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Derek Tye
Keller Williams Seven Hills - Montgomery, OH
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Dennis,

Yes the meetings have been a success so far.  We are still meeting once a month and just had a meeting yesterday.  We had 5 people but were able to get into a lot of detail about each of our businesses and help each other out.  I really enjoy seeing people make a connection with each other and each meeting has been productive.  This is a friendly city and I hope your wife enjoys it as much as we do.
Have a great day!
Derek

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