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Community Involvement, Service Clubs.... to better your biz

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting, Dec 12, 2007.

  1. INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting

    INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,102

    How many of you out there are actively involved in your community, in service clubs, chambers of commerce, and in volunteer roles?

    Upon moving from the big city (Toronto) to this little village in the woods, I quickly realized how important it would be to build networks and to employ network marketing to build my business. My involvement in the local Chamber of Commerce as a Director and then VP, as well as in the Lion's Club, Winter Carnival Chair, and other community service roles has proved invaluable in spreading the word and building long lasting networks.

    Now that winter is upon us, and things tend to slow down for a lot of us, it is a good time to take stock of your position in your community and see where you might invest some time and effort. It really can be a very effective means by which expand your business.

    If this thread goes anywhere, I will fill you in on a couple of initiatives that I found remarkably helpful in building my business and increasing our Name and Brand recognition in the community.
  2. Lite4

    Lite4 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,186

    I havn't gotten involved in anything yet, but I see the merit in it though. Good for you for building those bridges. I have often considered doing some comp. lighting for some public space or community area for exposure and some press.
  3. JoeyD

    JoeyD LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,933

    I know some guys who have donated lighting systems to silent auction fund raisers. It was great as an auction item and it was a write off. They also got some residual buisness from neighbors and sold some great upgrades to the winning homeowner.
  4. pete scalia

    pete scalia LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 960

    I did that this year. I donated $2,500 towards a system. It sold for $1,000 at auction. It was for a good cause. the problem was that a customer whom I did the front yard for bought it. So they used the $2,500 credit towards the back yard. Not exactly how I would have liked it to go but I had no control over it.

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