CPNG’s purpose is to maintain a group of professional business leaders comprised of small business owners and commissioned sales people with the sole purpose of furthering the business of CPNG members.
A Prospective member is someone who is not a current member, has not attended a meeting and has not been presented to the group to attend a meeting. Prospective members should be presented to the group prior to being invited. See Membership Tab for a full explanation of the Member Application Process.
The member inviting the prospective member should have met one on one with the prospective member to explain CPNG and determine if it is a good fit for both parties.
If it appears the prospective member is a good fit and interested in CPNG, please refer them to the online submission form (Membership Tab) and will the Member Application Process will be conducted.
Your membership in the group is based on you the individual first, as well as the product/service category you are applying. The company you represent is not a member. If for whatever reason you leave the company you were with when you joined, you may still be eligible to continue your group membership provided your new company (product/services) is not in conflict with another existing member’s product/service category. Your continued membership will need to be approved by the Board and/or group majority vote. Your previous category may then be opened for members to invite new candidates to apply. The new candidate will be required to fulfill all of the Member Application Process requirements.
A CPNG member’s attendance and participation within in the group is highly valued and needed to foster a thriving networking group. Effective networking can only be accomplished when members consistently attend and interact with others. It is expected that those who desire to be members and those who are members will make CPNG meetings a priority in their schedules. The Board periodically reviews membership participation and addresses those who have a high non-attendance rate. Members who consistently demonstrate a high non-attendance rate may be asked to leave the group and their category made available for candidacy.
A good lead is defined as a business or person that is aware of and waiting for the referred group member to make contact. The referring group member should have discussed with the potential lead the services of the group member being referred and a warm invitation by the lead is made.
It is understood that each member will make every effort to create referrals for the members of the group. It only stands to reason that if you are not giving referrals, you will not be getting referrals. A sincere effort should be made by each group member to generate referrals, however it is also understood that some members will simply not have referrals for some members because of their respective business disciplines. It is also understood that other members may receive a larger number of referrals because of the nature of their respective businesses.
One on one networking meetings are important and members are encouraged to make this a regular part of their relationship marking within CPNG. Referrals and introductions to potential leads is often a function of getting to know each other well and the services that each provide. Without spending time together and learning about each other’s background, experience, and services, we cannot effectively generate quality leads and referrals.
CPNG is a non-dues group. However, our lunches and tips compensate the location where we meet for the room, the rooms set up and tear down, and the dedicated servers we enjoy. Please consider making a meal/beverage purchase and tip generously at our weekly meetings. Having a suitable location for regular meetings is highly valued. Meals, beverages, and tips are the sole decision and responsibility of each member.
There are times when CPNG may conduct a group event involving costs. These events are often led by group members and are voted on by the group. Any expenses as a result of these activities are the responsibility of those who voted for and/or participated in the event. Failure to pay your allotted amount will result in termination from the group.
The CPNG Board consists of six (6) members who attend a high percentage of the weekly meetings. The Board members are responsible to organize and lead the weekly meetings, oversee and facilitate the Membership Application Process, and meet when necessary to review membership attendance and discuss other CPNG concerns.
Current board members are: Tom Dardick, Joe Henriques, Nick Montagnese, John Nicrone, Stephanie Shirley and Laura Souders.