LKNSBN Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
What is the Lake Norman Small Business Network (LKNSBN)?
The LKNSBN is the only free and inclusive regional networking group the Charlotte/ Lake Norman Region of North Carolina. We have about 6000 online members, small businesses, and solopreneurs represented on our main Facebook group page. We offer a number of opportunities for small businesses and entrepreneurs to connect and interact with no long-term commitments, fees, obligations, or formal rules. The LKNSBN is free! Success is a team sport. We have a wide variety of businesses that include: financial analysts, HVAC companies, business coaches, realtors, web designers, banks, restaurant owners, and photographers who all share their time, stories, and contacts.
All members can have their business cards on our website after they have demonstrated a willingness to attend meetings for at least two consecutive Weekly Wednesdays to show that they are interested in being part of the group on a regular basis. After attending two meetings, please give a business card to Jim Vogel, Douglas Marion, Regis Murphy, Tara Attwood, or Lynn Alberts, we will make sure your information gets added.
Where does the LKNSBN meet?
The LKNSBN has “Weekly Wednesday” meetings at 9:00 AM every Wednesday. 19725 Oak Street #9 Cornelius, 28031. Typically each attendee gets a 30-second intro/ spotlight in front of the group. Simply tell us who you are, what you do, and where you are located. We do not sell in our meetings, we use the time to learn about and connect with each other in transparent efforts to build relationships.
The last Thursday of each month, we gather at D9 Brewing Company in Cornelius at 5:30 PM. D9 is located at 11138 Treynorth Drive, Suite C, just off NC 115. There is a member/ sponsor for this event, who provides hors d’oeuvres, and each sponsor gets five minutes to share their business story. Attendance at this evening event is always voluntary.
First Friday meetings are at Bin 110 at 5:30 PM. The address is 19712 One Norman Boulevard, Suite 110, Cornelius. It is a twin-sponsored event (two members) and we typically use a few minutes of this time to discuss our LKNSBN community projects and charitable causes. Our LKNSBN-sponsored quarterly blood drive is one of our passions. Please mingle and have fun. The two sponsors share the cost of hors d’oeuvres and each one shares the story of their business.
How does the LKNSBN help grow and promote local businesses?
We have two highly engaging Facebook shopping/ advertising pages.
Shop Lake Norman Catawba Avenue LKN.
On these sites, you can promote your business, a special sale or an event. Sell until your heart’s content on these two sites.
Otherwise, repeated attendance at our events, especially our Weekly Wednesday meetings, will give members an opportunity to become a KLT (Know, Like, Trust) Professional, and within approximately 90-120 days you will begin to hear people mentioning you and your business to others, and so it begins. It is all about our large referral network.
LKNSBN Main Facebook Page
This main page is where members post to give shout-outs to other members who have been helpful or done something great. Members can share a one-day free event or a charitable event on the page as well. The secret sauce of the LKNSBN is the building of referral and partnering networks. It begins with relationships. We have several FB Admins on our main Facebook page who consistently monitor the page, and we remove any post that is selling or promoting a business, as this specific page is not for that purpose.
Joining is easy. It’s free and inclusive. First, join the Facebook pages, then come to our meetings. It is that simple. Everyone is welcome. Small business owners and professionals, entrepreneurs, and solo professionals integrate into our group with great success.
Now in our 7th year, the LKNSBN is the heart of small business across the Lake!