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    Posted January 16, 2014 by
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    How some Networking Groups help Fight Cancer

    To say that all networking groups are created equal is a huge understatement. Being part of a networking group is one thing; being part of a networking group that gives back is completely different. Most of the major networking groups have a monthly/yearly membership, and are based on providing and receiving referrals from other members in the group only. This situation doesn’t always work for most business owners as they are apart of 2-3 networking groups to expand their businesses.

    This VP Network had the same foundations as other networking groups, and participated in the Relay for Life collecting donations throughout the year to give back to those in need. As time went on, a few of the members were diagnosed with cancer and have had 3 members pass due to cancer. Since cancer is a big threat, the VP network decided to align itself with The City of Hope to contribute money to help fight cancer. Over the last 10 years, the VP Network has donated over $100,000 to The City of Hope to fight cancer. The idea to donate the money raised through fund raisers and events provided by the group was to help local charities but has evolved into something completely different.

    On November 11th, 2013, the VP Network will had a tour of The City of Hope operations, and saw where the money the group collectively donated gets spent in the fight against cancer. The VP Network will present representatives from City of Hope with a Large check of $7,000 to add up to over $10,000 the VP Network has donated this year. To say the overall goal of donating $1,000,000 in the fight of cancer is an understatement, as $1,000,000 is not enough to spend in the fight against cancer.

    Having a purpose for networking for most businesses relates to how they can obtain new business to grow their own. Networking can help grow, or help put people out of business real quick. Networking is one of the best kept secrets for new businesses when they start out. Getting in a local networking group can mean tons of new business immediately if done right.

    The Valley Professionals Network (VP Network) started over 20 years ago when a group of friends, having visited other networking groups, became dissatisfied with the multitude of rules and regulations that normally abound in these organizations, the friends decided to form a group of pure friends: no dues; no rules -- except those of common sense and professionalism. The VP members represent a variety of disciplines and specialties including marketing, law, accounting, banking and finance, insurance, contracting, home and automobile services and general consulting. Some are sole practitioners or members of boutique firms; others practice within large organizations.

    To be successful with business networking, potential networkers should understand that it is really about helping others as a way of growing your business. The people you help are more willing to help you or connect you to people they know. So the basis of networking is part of the process you go through to build a referral-based business. Through networking, you can deliver your positive message effectively. Being part of a Networking group that gives back in a meaningful way is to align your business with other professionals that are assured success through helping others. Referrals are the end result of networking and giving back.
    If you have questions about the VP network, or how they operate, please visit our website http://www.thevpnetwork.com/

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