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Networking Success Story: Lyndie Shaw - Shaw Farm

Hi my name is Lyndie Shaw and I am an introvert who dislikes the thought of networking. When Kevin first approached me about hosting networking events at the Farm my first thought was oh my God he will expect me to speak to the group and there is no way I can do public speaking. Now I realize, like all business owners, that networking is the key to growing my business. Still, I didn’t know how to get past my fears to learn how to network.

Now as most of you know Kevin is a pretty persuasive guy so he just chuckled and said you will be fine, my friends will love the farm, it’s a great way to spread the word about the farm and home delivery. How could I argue with his logic? He was right it would be good for my business.

Now I have to admit the first event was a little rough and I hid behind the counter as best I could. There was no way Kevin and his friends would let me stay there. They kept coming over and introducing themselves to me and telling me how great the farm is. That really made me feel great and allowed me to start talking with them and it was then that I realized ‘hey I am networking I can do this’.

We have done a few events together so far and each time I find it a little easier to come out from behind the counter. So my networking tip is please don’t let being an introvert stop you from becoming a successful business owner. It is easy to say I am an introvert and networking is too hard for me, but I have found that is gets easier each time I do it.

For more information about Shaw Farm please visit them at 204 New Boston Road in Dracut Ma or check out their website at www.shawfarm.com

 

Networking Success Story: Brian Gardner of Gardner Graphics

When I first started my own printing company two years ago, I really had no idea how I was going to find new clients.  That is when I was introduced to Kevin Willett, and his networking group Friends of Kevin.  I can honestly say, like some people, I thought what can a group like this do for a profession like mine?  After being a part of this group for two years, my sales in 2012 have doubled from 2011, I guess we can say the question answered itself.  I recommend any business owner from any type of profession to join Friends of Kevin. Believe in him, believe in yourself, and you will see great results for your business. 

Friends of Kevin Networking Event in Chelmsford at Workers Credit Union on April 9th

Date: 
Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Kevin Willett the Founder of the Friends of Kevin networking group is happy to announce that the Friends of Kevin will be having a networking event in Chelsmford Ma at Workers Credit Union. The Friendworking event will be held on April 9th  from 6 to 8pm and the admission fee is 10.00. Workers Credit Union is located at 6 Turnpike Road in Chelmsford Ma.

You can register on Meetup at http://www.meetup.com/Friends-of-Kevin/events/99078902/

You can register on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/events/195752673899271/

3 sponsorship opportunities exist for this event. As a sponsor you will receive 3 minutes to speak to the group about your business. The cost to be a sponsor is 50.00. This is a great way to promote yourself.

For more information about Workers Credit Union please visit their website at www.wcu.com 

The Friends of Kevin is a unique networking group that combines the business, non profit and artist communities, We hold networking events in the Merrimack Valley and Southern Nh. For more information about membership in the Friends of Kevin please visit our website atwww.friendsofkevin.com

Friends of Kevin Networking Event in Pelham NH - Come celebrate my birthday on Jan 23rd

Date: 
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Kevin Willett the Founder of the Friends of Kevin networking group is happy to announce that the Friends of Kevin will be having a networking event in Pelham NH at The Pinball Wizard. The Friendworking event will be held on January 23rd from 6 to 8pm and the admission fee is 10.00. The Pinball Wizard is located at 150 Bridge Street in Pelham NH. 

3 sponsorship opportunities exist for this event. As a sponsor you will receive 3 minutes to speak to the group about your business. The cost to be a sponsor is 50.00. This is a great way to promote yourself. 

You can also be a Friends of Kevin Swag Bag Sponsor. As a sponsor you will provide me with 50 items to place in tn the swag bags. The cost is on $25.00. This is another affordable way to promote your business. 

You can register on Meetup at http://www.meetup.com/Friends-of-Kevin/events/91104942/

You can register on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/events/481297415247771/

I would like to thank Sarah St. John and the Pinball Wizard for hosting this event. 

The Pinball Wizard offers Classic and state-of-the-art video games, pinball, redemption, billiards, air hockey, skeeball and more 

We will be hosting a Skee Ball Tournament as part of this event. Please visit their website to learn more about the over 200 games they offer www.pinballwizardarcade.com  

The Friends of Kevin is the only networking group that brings together the business, non profit and artistic communities. This allows you to meet people that you wont see at other networking events. The Friends of Kevin is unique because we combine in person monthly networking with online monthly promotion to offer you the chance to promote your business to my over 6,500 followers. If you are looking to grow your business this is the group for you! To learn more call Kevin at 978-995-1743 or email [email protected]

Friends of Kevin Guest Blog post from Steve Gamlin - When It Comes to Giving, Cecile is the Real Deal!

When It Comes to Giving, Cecile is the Real Deal!

In January 2009, I made a promise to myself: ten percent of EVERY dollar I make as a speaker goes to a non-profit, as quickly as possible. This goes for sales of my books as well. A last-minute event recently garnered a few book sales. The charitable share was ten dollars.

What can you get for ten dollars?

An amazing life experience.

A recent hectic afternoon already included getting my snow tires mounted and casting my vote in the election. Time was tight. As I made my way up Mast Road in Goffstown NH I saw the Hannaford parking lot approaching on my right. A quick game of mental volleyball drew my finger the directional, and I entered the lot.

With a soon-to-be-activated gift card in hand, I found myself standing in the ’14 items or less’ aisle with one person ahead of me. Then I heard a nearby cashier open her lane. From behind me, a sweet little voice told the gentleman behind her: “You go ahead, this young man is paying for my groceries”.

A gallon of milk and small bag of apples then thumped onto the belt.

With a smile, I turned to see an adorable senior smiling at me.

“Okay”, I replied with a smile, reaching for my wallet.

“Oh, no dear, you don’t need to do that, I was just joking” she nervously backpedaled.

“No worries, I do positive things for a living…and you’re the first person that ever said that to me!” With a laugh, I shook her hand. “I’ve got you covered”.

I then made her promise to pay it forward by sharing a smile with someone in need that day.

She agreed.

As we walked toward the exit discussing random acts of kindness, she pointed wistfully out the large glass windows. “A few months ago, I collapsed out there…a nice young woman came to help me and called 911.”

A few steps later, after the automatic door whooshed open, I introduced myself and she clasped my hand, informing me that her name is Cecile.

“Cecile, it has been a pleasure meeting you and making you smile today!”

With steps much lighter than the hurried ‘gotta get to all my errands’ ones of my entrance, I got to my black Honda CR-V. The rear-view mirror revealed a smile a mile wide. As I uncrinkled the receipt in my hand, I discovered this amazing experience had cost me just $7.93.

Cecile, THANK YOU! You showed me that we are ALWAYS in a place to commit and act of kindness for a fellow human being, as long as we keep our eyes and ears open.

I am so glad she was the person behind me that day.

Besides, the guy behind HER had a carriage which tested the limits of the 14 item rule...and I think one of them was a lobster!!!

How can YOU reach out this week and share your goodness and energy?

I bet it won’t cost much…and the rewards will be amazing!

 

Friends of Kevin Networking Event in Nashua Nh at Leda Lanes

Date: 
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Kevin Willett the Founder of the Friends of Kevin Networking Group is happy to announce that the Friends of Kevin will be having a networking event in Nashua NH at Leda Lanes Leda's Lighthouse. The Friendworking event will be held on February 19th from 6 to 8pm and the admission fee is 10.00 Leda Lanes is located at 340 Amherst Street in Nashua NH 

3 sponsorship opportunities exist for this event. As a sponsor you will receive 3 minutes to speak to the group about your business. The cost to be a sponsor is $50.00. This is a great way to promote yourself. 

You can also be a Friends of Kevin Swag Bag Sponsor. As a sponsor you will provide me with 50 items to place in  the swag bags. The cost is on $25.00. This is another affordable way to promote your business. 

You can register on Meetup at   http://www.meetup.com/Friends-of-Kevin/events/91213282/

You can register on Facebook at  http://www.facebook.com/events/500365299984609/

I would like to thank  Sean Howard for hosting this event.

Leda Lanes: Candlepin Bowling in Nashua NH

Leda Lanes is open 9AM – Midnight 7 days a week! Stop by anytime, and bring some friends for a great candlepin bowling experience. We offer state of the art scoring with plenty of lanes for everyone! If you’re interested in Glow Bowling or Kids Parties, hop on over to Leda’s Lighthouse, our completely separate glow bowling area, the kids will LOVE it!

The Friends of Kevin is the only networking group that brings together the business, non profit and artistic communities. This allows you to meet people that you wont see at other networking events. The Friends of Kevin is unique because we combine in person monthly networking with online monthly promotion to offer you the chance to promote your business to my over 6,500 followers. If you are looking to grow your business this is the group for you! To learn more call Kevin at 978-995-1743 or email [email protected]

Please visit our website at www.friendsofkevin.com or become a fan on facebook at www.facebook.com/friendsofkevin

Friends of Kevin B2B Lunch

Date: 
Friday, November 30, 2012 - 11:30am - 1:00pm

I hope you can attend our first Friends of Kevin B2B Lunch. This event is designed for people who primarily sell their goods or services to other business owners. The lunch is on November 30th from 1130am to 1pm at Shaw Farm 204 New Boston Road in Dracut Ma. The fee for this event is $10.00 and lunch will be provided.

We do ask that you pregister to ensure a accurate lunch count.

You can register on Meetup at http://www.meetup.com/Friends-of-Kevin/events/90245822/

You can register on Linkedin at http://linkd.in/Xh7qPF

You can register on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/events/292142040903244/

 

Friends of Kevin Networking Event in Chelmsford at Eastern Bank

Date: 
Tuesday, January 8, 2013 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Kevin Willett the Founder of the Friends of Kevin networking group is happy to announce that the Friends of Kevin will be having a networking event in Chelmsford Ma at Eastern Bank. The Friendworking event will be held on January 8th from 6 to 8pm and the admission fee is 10.00. Eastern Bank is located at 17 North Road in Chelmsford Ma.

3 sponsorship opportunities exist for this event. As a sponsor you will receive 3 minutes to speak to the group about your business. The cost to be a sponsor is 50.00. This is a great way to promote yourself. 

You can also be a Friends of Kevin Swag Bag Sponsor. As a sponsor you will provide me with 50 items to place in tn the swag bags. The cost is on $25.00. This is another affordable way to promote your business. 

You can register on Meetup at http://www.meetup.com/Friends-of-Kevin/events/88650092/

You can register on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/events/100859136744618/

I would like to thank Joann Ellington for sponsoring this event. 

Founded in 1818 and based in Boston, Eastern Bank is the largest independent and mutually owned bank in New England, with $7.6 billion in assets and more than 90 branches serving communities from the Merrimack Valley to Cape Cod. 

Eastern Bank offers banking, investments and insurance all under one roof, and prides itself on working harder to understand its customers’ needs so it can deliver these services in a committed and personal way. Eastern Bank includes Eastern Wealth Management and Eastern Insurance.

Please become a fan on facebook at www.facebook.com/easternbank  

The Friends of Kevin is the only networking group that brings together the business, non profit and artistic communities. This allows you to meet people that you wont see at other networking events. The Friends of Kevin is unique because we combine in person monthly networking with online monthly promotion to offer you the chance to promote your business to my over 6,500 followers. If you are looking to grow your business this is the group for you! To learn more call Kevin at 978-995-1743 or email [email protected]

Please visit our website at www.friendsofkevin.com or become a fan on facebok at www.facebook.com/friendsofkevin  

Friends of Kevin Networking Event in Lowell at the Brush Gallery and Artists Studios

Date: 
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Kevin Willett the Founder of the Friends of Kevin Networking Group is happy to announce that the Friends of Kevin will be having a networking event in Lowell Ma at the Brush Gallery & Artists Studios. The Friendworking event will be held on March 12th the Gallery is located at 256 Market Street in Lowell Ma and the admission fee is 10.00. 

3 sponsorship opportunities exist for this event. As a sponsor you will receive 3 minutes to speak to the group about your business. The cost to be a sponsor is 50.00. This is a great way to promote yourself. 

You can also be a Friends of Kevin Swag Bag Sponsor. As a sponsor you will provide me with 50 items to place in tn the swag bags. The cost is on $25.00. This is another affordable way to promote your business. 

You can register on Meetup at http://www.meetup.com/Friends-of-Kevin/events/86013802/

You can register on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/events/112702792220370/
You can register on Linkedin at 

I would like to thank the Brush Gallery and Artists Studios for hosting this event.

The Brush Gallery and Artists Studios is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization. It was founded in 1982 by the Lowell Historic Preservation Commission, U.S. Department of the Interior. Modeled after the Torpedo factory art complex in Alexandria, Virginia, the Brush is a dynamic and inviting place.

Going into our twenty-ninth year since being founded by the Lowell Historical Preservation Commission,

 U.S. Department of the Interior in 1982, our mission has remained the same: to nurture the working artist; to keep the visual arts alive and healthy in the heart of Lowell's historic district; to use art to focus attention on important social and environmental issues; to demonstrate through exhibitions and cultural programming the diverse and rich heritage that exists in Lowell; and to make Lowell a destination for viewing some of the finest art being produced in New England and beyond.
 

The Friends of Kevin is the only networking group that brings together the business, non profit and artistic communities. This allows you to meet people that you wont see at other networking events. The Friends of Kevin is unique because we combine in person monthly networking with online monthly promotion to offer you the chance to promote your business to my over 6,500 followers. If you are looking to grow your business this is the group for you! To learn more call Kevin at 978-995-1743 or email [email protected]

Please visit our website at www.friendsofkevin.com  or become a fan on facebook atwww.facebook.com/friendsofkevin

Friends of Kevin Efficient Networking Event in Dracut on November 20th at Cassista Chiropractic

Date: 
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Kevin Willett the Founder of the Friends of Kevin Networking Group is happy to announce that the Friends of Kevin will be having a Efficient Networking event in Dracut Ma at Cassista Chiropractic. The Friendworking event will be held on November 20th from  6pm to 8pm and the admission fee is 10.00. Cassista Chiropractic is located at 1350 Lakeview Avenue in Dracut Ma.

Here is a breakdown of the event:

6pm to 630pm open networking and pizza

630pm to 730pm ( depending upon number of participants) Each attendee will receive 1 minute to speak to the group about their business.

730pm to 800pm Open networking

The goal of the event is to allow you to network efficiently by giving you the opportunity to hear from each participant you can then use the remaining open networking time to chat with the people that you may be able to work with.  

You can register on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/events/497075976987323/

You can register on Meetup at http://www.meetup.com/Friends-of-Kevin/events/81585982/

You can register on Linkedin at http://linkd.in/NjaTZu

I would like to thank Cassista Chiropractic for hosting this event..

Dr. Cassista is a Chiropractor & sought-after health/wellness speaker to groups, clubs, & organizations taking the confusion out of healthcare. Serving Dracut, Methuen, Lowell, Tyngsboro, Chelmsford, Pelham, Hudson, Nashua, Salem. 

Please become a fan on facebook at  http://www.facebook.com/cassistachiropractic

The Friends of Kevin is the only networking group that brings together the business, non profit and artistic communities. This allows you to meet people that you wont see at other networking events. The Friends of Kevin is unique because we combine in person monthly networking with online monthly promotion to offer you the chance to promote your business to my over 6,500 followers. If you are looking to grow your business this is the group for you! To learn more call Kevin at 978-995-1743 or email [email protected]

Please visit our website at www.friendsofkevin.com or become a fan on facebook at www.facebook.com/friendsofkevin