LeTip networks area businesses
August 27, 2008 · Updated 3:59 PM
ARLINGTON Arlington-area businesses aiming to network with peers and drum up more customers have a club in the community thats looking to recruit them.
The Arlington chapter of the LeTip business networking association hopes to attract more applications by pointing out the benefits of membership in their organization.
Mike McGhee, of the Farmers property and casualty insurance group in Mountlake Terrace, explained that LeTip screens its applicants to ensure that each chapters members offer unique services that their fellow members can feel good about recommending to their own customers.
We only accept one business per business category, to avoid any internal conflicts, McGhee said. We already have a mortgage broker, a real estate agent, a property and casualty insurance agent, a bank and an electrical company. Were selective about membership because we wont refer anyone we cant trust.
McGhee welcomed any interested businesses to attend LeTips weekly lunches, every Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. at the Arlington Wellers restaurant, to learn more about multiplying their contacts and developing mutually rewarding partnerships.
As an insurance agent, Id love to see a chiropractor, an auto body shop or a glass repairer join our group, because we could become power partners, McGhee said. Certain businesses just naturally lend themselves to referrals between each other, and by tapping into those connections, LeTip affords its members opportunities to forge power partnerships.
McGhee cited the Woodinville chapter of LeTip, whose ambassador recently reported to him that their groups members had generated approximately $60,000 in business through such mutual referrals alone.
It expands your sphere of influence dramatically, McGhee said. In effect, it markets your business 24 hours a day.
McGhee admitted that the Arlington chapter of LeTip is more sparsely populated, with half a dozen members currently, but he noted that this gives more area businesses a chance to represent their respective fields of business in the group.
The Arlington chapter of the LeTip business networking association meets every Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. at Wellers restaurant on 2211 Highway 530 NE in Arlington. To learn more, you may call Mike McGhee at 360-631-7830, or log onto www.letip.com.