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Do You Or Don’t You: Go to Networking Events?

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Chamber events, young professionals group and nonprofit events. It’s important to show you are supporting other ventures, especially in a smaller town. — Elysia Demers, Barnhardt Jewelers, Spencer, NC

“Speed Networking” has been very beneficial. Many of the people we’ve met have not only become friends but wonderful business contacts. — Morgan Bartel, Susann’s Custom Jewelers, Corpus Christi, TX

You have to be seen by people who have money to spend, and in order to be seen by them you have to go to the places that they visit. I have conducted lots of business just by running into someone at the spa or one of our better restaurants and having them ask me about a certain piece of jewelry that they were wanting to buy. — Mark Goodman, Goodman Jewelers, Abingdon, VA

Every Friday for 18 years I have met with a cross-section of our community. We exchange referrals and ideas. I use them as a sounding board and have them review commercials and radio scripts. Plus, I’m each member’s jeweler. — J. Dennis Petimezas, Watchmakers Diamonds & Jewelry, Johnstown, PA

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For four years, I’ve been the ambassador chair for the Chamber of Commerce. I go to every ribbon-cutting, after-hours and other chamber event that I can. Cannot say enough about the power of being seen regularly! — Kim Hatchell, Galloway & Moseley, Sumter, SC

I belong to Merchant Match. The good thing about this group is each week a different business sponsors the event, so you get to speak about your business and field questions. — Michael Kanoff, Michael’s Jewelers, Yardley, PA

I go to just about any networking event I can. You only need to meet one great contact who becomes your advocate to all of their friends. From Business Networking International alone I have received over $40,000 in new business referrals in the last six months. — Jennifer Farnes, Revolution Jewelry Works, Colorado Springs, CO

No, I Don’t

Have tried a couple but each one seems to be only people trying to sell you their services rather than being interested in what you have to offer. — Alex Weil, Martin’s Jewelry, Manhattan Beach, CA

We’ve found these sort of events tend to attract people looking for discounts — ie., shoppers who are at our store because we met at that event and figure we will give them a discount because of that, but I don’t even give my mother a discount! — Idar Bergseth, Idar, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

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Seems like too many people trying to fish from the same pond. — Mark Clodius, Clodius & Co. Jewelers, Rockford, IL

This article originally appeared in the November 2015 edition of INSTORE.

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Do You Or Don’t You: Go to Networking Events?

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Yes, I Do

Chamber events, young professionals group and nonprofit events. It’s important to show you are supporting other ventures, especially in a smaller town. — Elysia Demers, Barnhardt Jewelers, Spencer, NC

“Speed Networking” has been very beneficial. Many of the people we’ve met have not only become friends but wonderful business contacts. — Morgan Bartel, Susann’s Custom Jewelers, Corpus Christi, TX

You have to be seen by people who have money to spend, and in order to be seen by them you have to go to the places that they visit. I have conducted lots of business just by running into someone at the spa or one of our better restaurants and having them ask me about a certain piece of jewelry that they were wanting to buy. — Mark Goodman, Goodman Jewelers, Abingdon, VA

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Every Friday for 18 years I have met with a cross-section of our community. We exchange referrals and ideas. I use them as a sounding board and have them review commercials and radio scripts. Plus, I’m each member’s jeweler. — J. Dennis Petimezas, Watchmakers Diamonds & Jewelry, Johnstown, PA

For four years, I’ve been the ambassador chair for the Chamber of Commerce. I go to every ribbon-cutting, after-hours and other chamber event that I can. Cannot say enough about the power of being seen regularly! — Kim Hatchell, Galloway & Moseley, Sumter, SC

I belong to Merchant Match. The good thing about this group is each week a different business sponsors the event, so you get to speak about your business and field questions. — Michael Kanoff, Michael’s Jewelers, Yardley, PA

I go to just about any networking event I can. You only need to meet one great contact who becomes your advocate to all of their friends. From Business Networking International alone I have received over $40,000 in new business referrals in the last six months. — Jennifer Farnes, Revolution Jewelry Works, Colorado Springs, CO

No, I Don’t

Have tried a couple but each one seems to be only people trying to sell you their services rather than being interested in what you have to offer. — Alex Weil, Martin’s Jewelry, Manhattan Beach, CA

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We’ve found these sort of events tend to attract people looking for discounts — ie., shoppers who are at our store because we met at that event and figure we will give them a discount because of that, but I don’t even give my mother a discount! — Idar Bergseth, Idar, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Seems like too many people trying to fish from the same pond. — Mark Clodius, Clodius & Co. Jewelers, Rockford, IL

This article originally appeared in the November 2015 edition of INSTORE.

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Continue Reading
Advertisement

SPONSORED VIDEO

Wilkerson Testimonials

Retirement Made Easy with Wilkerson

The store was a landmark in Topeka, Kansas, but after 80 years in business, it was time for Briman’s Leading Jewelers to close up shop. Third generation jeweler and owner Rob Briman says the decision wasn’t easy, but the sale that followed was — all thanks to Wilkerson. Briman had decided a year prior to the summer 2020 sale that he wanted to retire. With a pandemic in full force, he had plenty of questions and concerns. “We had no real way to know if we were going to be successful or have a failure on our hands,” says Briman. “We didn’t know what to expect.” But with Wilkerson in charge, the experience was “fantastic” and now there’s plenty of time for relaxing and enjoying a more secure retirement. “I would recommend Wilkerson to any retailer considering a going-out-of-business sale,” says Briman. “They’ll help you reach your financial goal. Our experience was a tremendous success.”

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