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Tips On How To Make A Long-Lasting Impression

Julia Rabago is the executive  director of Crescenta Valley  Chamber of Commerce.
Julia Rabago is the executive
director of Crescenta Valley
Chamber of Commerce.

“A friendship founded on business is better than a business founded on friendship.”  ~ John D. Rockefeller    

Spending a considerable amount of time networking in person is very important. It is an important way to build relationships and find friendships with peers, colleagues and potential new clients. In-person networking should be thought of as an important business tool with much thought put into planning to go, being there and following up, which is probably the most important way to leverage more of a following. After your initial meeting, there are three things you must always consider: prioritize contacts, customize follow-up messages and timeliness.

Have you ever attended a networking event, collected a bunch of business cards, and the next day you can’t remember who most of them are? Or try to think of someone you met and had a conversation with, but you can’t remember their name or their business to look them up? Well, you certainly don’t want to be one of those people who can’t remember. It’s an excellent idea to pass out business cards, but if they don’t remember who you are, they probably won’t be calling you or keep you in mind as a future need or referrals. Next week I will present tips that you can use to stand out at our next mixer, Bob Smith Toyota, our pre-smart mixer from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 3333 Foothill Blvd.

One excellent way to stand out at the mixers is to have a cool promotional product.  Mook Apparel is a promotional product distributor and proud member of the Advertising Specialty Institute. Promotional products, also known as ad specialties, make up a nearly $17 billion dollar industry and are used by virtually every business in America. Why? Items like mugs, pens and T-shirts are memorable and provide a better cost per impression for advertisers than almost every major marketing effort like TV, magazines and the Internet. They are able to supply your company with every possible promotional product from over 3,000 suppliers. With so many ad specialties available, there is a huge opportunity for professionals like you to leave a lasting impression with your customers. Their mission is to help you create long-lasting relationships with your clients through the power of promotional products. They offer 10% off screen printing with your order of 24-144 shirts. Mook Apparel will put your logo on anything! They are located at 3800 Foothill Blvd., La Crescenta or you can reach them at (818) 248-7447.

The Hometown Country Fair is coming to town! We have put together plans for an exciting fair taking place on April 6. Do you have something to promote or sell?  We welcome vendors, profit and non-profit. Have a hot rod or collectible car? Display it at the car show. Need service hours? We are looking for volunteers to help during the fair.  Please call for information about how you can be involved with the upcoming fair. Our Fair is the ultimate family friendly event. We hope you mark your calendars for April 6 and join this community wide-event. Oh … and Happy Valentine’s Day!

Important CV Chamber dates: March 13 – Business mixer at Bob Smith Toyota; April 6 – Hometown Country Fair.

Please contact our office for more details on any event. How to reach us: (818) 248-4957/ crescentachamber@aol.com / www.LaCrescenta.org / 3131 Foothill Blvd., Ste. D.