Linda McCarthy is the Executive Director and franchise owner of Business Network International of Ventura County. BNI provides a positive, supportive, and structured environment for the development and exchange of quality business referrals. It does so by helping you build personal relationships with dozens of other qualified business professionals. Her expertise is in building a referral based marketing plan using a professional network. She helps clients answer the question “What specifically does it take to get other professionals to refer/open doors for my business?” Linda has been in business for over 15 years and has actively volunteered for WEV as a consultant in the Self-Employment Training course for over 16 years!
What prompted you to start volunteering with WEV?
I got a call in 2000 from the WEV office that someone recommended me to do training on networking to the students. I came to a Saturday workshop with about 80 students and I had SO much fun doing the training and really felt the love from the ladies and gents there. I could also tell that they were eager to learn and were a motivated audience! This is very encouraging to a speaker and a trainer.
What about WEV’s mission compels you to continue giving your time?
I have seen WEV’s program help so many people get their business started on the right foot. I have also seen several realize that maybe their own business isn’t for them or at least not right in that moment. All of that saves folks thousands of dollars! Either way, it is an incredibly valuable service. I was hooked on WEV… I previously spent 3 years on the Strategic Advisory Committee in Ventura County and have been a regular outside consultant for 16 years. What a joy! I am a coach for entrepreneurs and I love to encourage them! WEV totally supports my value system.
You can reach Linda at [email protected] or 805-850-0157.
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