What’s New

Welcome New Member Edward Jones

Posted by on Sep 5, 2017 in Here's What's New | Comments Off on Welcome New Member Edward Jones

Welcome to Matthew Roberts, Financial Advisor with Edward Jones!

Welcome new member Napa Valley Window Cleaners!

Posted by on Jun 8, 2016 in Here's What's New | Comments Off on Welcome new member Napa Valley Window Cleaners!

NBN is pleased to announce our newest member, Napa Valley Window Cleaners. Solomon Ruiz and Marco Guadarram, owners, run a sparkling business! NV Window Cleaners manage all kinds of jobs: commercial or residential, windows large or small, awnings and shades. When you want to see the world clearly call Napa Valley Window Cleaners. Give them a jingle for free estimates.

707-396-6869
Solomon Ruiz
Marco Guadarram
Owners

NBN Gives Back to the Community it Represents

Posted by on Jan 11, 2016 in Here's What's New | Comments Off on NBN Gives Back to the Community it Represents

Like many service organizations in Napa County, Napa Business Network collects “fines” from their members for things like speaking out of turn, forgetting to wear a name badge, not having a referral, and other humorous infractions. Over the last few years, our members thought it would be great to give back to the community we represent by donating our “fines” to local organizations. Here’s a partial list:

  1. Pathway Home, Yountville
  2. Lake County ‘Valley Fire’ Victims, Clearlake
  3. Teachers Resource Center, Napa
  4. Cystic Fibrosis Association
  5. Napa Humane

Welcome new member TopShelf Paint Company

Posted by on May 23, 2014 in Here's What's New | Comments Off on Welcome new member TopShelf Paint Company

Welcome Casey Carlson, our newest NBNer!

Residential, Commerical, Interior & Exterior Painting Services

707-815-0107

topshelfpaintco@gmailc.om

Welcome New Member, JB Plumbing

Posted by on May 9, 2014 in Here's What's New | Comments Off on Welcome New Member, JB Plumbing

Welcome New Member JB PLUMBING SERVICES! Josh Botts is the owner of a full service plumbing company and serves all of Napa County. Call him for speedy, reliable and stellar service:707-254-5976 or email him at joshbottsplumbing05@gmail.com. Testimonials from happy clients say, “Not only was he quick to respond, he was so neat — everything was put back exactly as I had it! He’s great!”

Be the Life of the Party at Every Networking Event by Honora Wolfe

Posted by on Jul 31, 2013 in Here's What's New | Comments Off on Be the Life of the Party at Every Networking Event by Honora Wolfe

I found this article about how we can better network. It was written for acupuncturists, but I think it can be applied to any of us! Enjoy!                 Isabelle Saint-Guily

Here are my best ideas to get the most out of every event you attend.

1. Be the first in and last out. As a rule, the best networking opportunities happen in the 20 minutes prior to the start of the event and the 20 minutes after the function ends. If you main objective is to make as many contacts as possible, the always arrive as early as possible. You can even think of yourself as one of the hosts and greet and speak to as many people as possible and then say goodbye and “gee, wasn’t it interesting when the speaker said…” at the end. Mostly, people won’t care that you aren’t really the host, but will be thankful that someone was kind enough to greet them and make them feel more comfortable and welcome in a new environment.

2. What’s in a name (tag)? Okay so this one is a little hokey, but it works. Create your own name tag and put your name and then a quote or message underneath, either something inspiring enough to start a conversation or relevant to what you do and interesting enough that people will ask about it.
Or, if they will have their own nametags, open yours up and write your message on it. You can try something inspiring like, “The average human heart beats 100,000 times per day; make those beats count.” or “Choose a positive thought; the human brain can only hold one thought at a time!” or something humorous like “Needle little pick me up?” or “Got health?” This will start a number of conversations; I guarantee it.

3. Be a brilliant conversationalist. You can control any conversation by asking all the questions and then just sit and listen attentively. Don’t interrupt or talk much about yourself. People will believe you carry on the best conversation they ever had. Toward the end of the conversation or when it’s time to go, offer them your card with a simple comment such as, “It was great to talk with you; appreciate you sharing about yourself. Here’s my business card; I don’t know that you’ll ever need my services, but if you do, here’s how to find me.” Then offer your hand and a smile and move on.

4. Be a door prize. Offering your product or service as one of the door-prizes at any event that has such things, or as part of a silent auction for any and every community fundraiser, is always a good way to get publicity for being a real participant. If you can arrange it, try to trade the door prize for a copy of the attendee mailing list. Do this regularly for any clubs and associations of which you are a member and watch your mailing list grow.

5. Creative Introductions. You can make a memorable impact on everyone you meet by developing a more creative verbal introduction. So, instead of saying: “I’m an acupuncturist.” you might say:
“I relieve the full range of human suffering using very small sharp metal implements.”
“I help people run faster, jump higher, and recover faster from any and all physical activity and exertion.”
“I help husbands love their wives more every week of the month.”
“I make it possible for more people to get a better night’s sleep.”
You get the idea. As these examples illustrate, the way you introduce yourself can be dead serious and dead boring, or a little more fun and a lot more interesting. Your message should be a conversation starter, memorable, and help you market yourself and your services in a lighthearted way. Remember that you never get a second chance to make a first impression.

 

By Honora Wolfe.