TERMS & CONDITIONS OF YOUR BLOOM NETWORKING MEMBERSHIP
Welcome to Bloom Networking, a vibrant community of Mornington Peninsula women in business who love to learn, connect and grow!
There aren't many rules, but lots of info here about the Terms and Conditions that apply to memberships and meetings & hopefully your questions are answered, if not feel free to give me a call or shoot me an email.
Memberships are set up through PayPal or credit card & INCLUDES GST, it is also tax deductible because it's a business expense.
MONTHLY MEMBERSHIP PAYMENTS
When you sign up to become a Bloom member the fee is deducted on the same day that you joined, each MONTH. This is an ongoing payment and only stops when you cancel it (see below for more info on this).
So if you join on the 2nd day of the current month your payment will be deducted on the 2nd of the following month and thereafter, until you cancel the membership.
Your membership is paid in ADVANCE, which means when you sign up you're immediately a member and have paid until that day on the following month.
If your membership is cancelled at any time during the month, it’s still valid until 30 days after the last payment has come out. E.g. if you pay on the 16th of each month and cancel your membership on the 26th you are still a member until the 16th of the following month.
Your membership can be cancelled at any time however payments will not be refunded if you choose to cancel your membership and a payment has already been deducted from your account for that month.
There is NO MINIMUM amount of months for your membership for two reasons. It's very important to me that Bloom Networking is right for you, so this gives you the opportunity to try it out. I also understand that circumstances change quickly so you're not locked in if you're no longer in need of business networking and development.
We have 9 Morning Tea meetings a year. In June and December there are no Morning Tea Meetings but a full day event - the Business Focus Day. We do not have meeting in January, but your membership is still paid during this month because the amount is averaged out over the year.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I REGISTER AS A MEMBER?
Once notification you've registered as a member through the Bloom Networking website is received you will be sent an invitation to the Bloom Networking Members (Secret) Facebook group via email - where you can introduce yourself, network, brainstorm, promote your business and find or share resources. This is an excellent way to keep in touch with the community online between meetings.
We will use the details you have entered during the registration process to create your own profile page on the Bloom Networking website. We will also ask you to email us your business logo (jpg) and 200 word bio to be included with your profile.
HOW MANY MEETINGS CAN I ATTEND?
The Daisy and Lily memberships include ONE Morning Tea meeting a month (held 9 months of the year). You may choose to go to different locations each month depending on your availability or the Guest speaker you'd like to hear. Altering locations enables you to meet a wider range of members but you are welcome to attend the same meeting location each month too. If you are attending your first meeting for the month please choose 'pay offline' when registering.
If you would like to attend a second meeting in the same month the cost is $18
The Jasmine membership does not include the Morning Tea meetings - this level of membership is designed for those who aren't able to attend regular meetings but would like to be involved in the community & benefit from online promotion. The preferred method to pay for event attendance is PayPal but if you prefer to pay cash click 'pay offline' when registering.
Jasmine members pay $18 to attend a Morning Tea.
Guests are welcome to attend so please feel free to invite your friends along, guest pay $22 to attend
BOOKINGS & ATTENDANCE
All attendance to meetings must be BOOKED on the Bloom website as the venues require numbers 24-48 hrs before the event. I do welcome last minute bookings as I know circumstances change and you may be able to attend at the last minute if you schedule frees up - however, booking as early as possible is greatly appreciated as it makes my life so much easier! I also understand if you book with every intention of attending and something urgent prevents you - illness and clients/customers can't be ignored, so please just send me a text or email to let me know.
WHO CAN JOIN BLOOM NETWORKING?
Bloom Networking is an all-female membership base. Apart from that there are no restrictions on the kind of business that can become a member.
We don't have a 'one business per industry' policy. Franchises, solo operators, partnerships, trades, B2B & B2C, retail, hospitality, coaches, authors, artists, health practitioners, service or product based businesses, the list goes on – everyone is welcome.
CAN PARTNERS OR TEAM MEMBERS REPRESENT MY BUSINESS?
Your membership includes attendance to one person at one meeting per month, but it covers the whole team so you can send another person along in your place. If you are in a partnership then obviously either of you can attend meetings, if you would like to have more than one person attend a meeting during a month then the second person is $18.
You and your partner or one other person from your team can be added to the Bloom Networking Members Facebook Group, which is particularly beneficial if someone else is responsible for business development or marketing.
CODE OF CONDUCT
There really isn't much need to say this, but every successful club or membership based organisation have rules or boundaries to help make the experience a positive one for everyone, so here are the Bloom Networking members guidelines...
It's important to understand your objectives when joining a networking group and attending networking meetings. These might be different each month depending on your stage of business, current business goals and the guest speaker. Those who have a clear plan gain the most as it means you arrive motivated and focused. This might be to meet 3 new people or practice your pitch & get some feedback. It might be to learn about a new marketing tool or perfect an existing one.
The people who gain the most from being Bloom Networking members are those who are there to GROW their business, not GET MORE business. These two things are very different. It's about being present, asking people how you can help them and building relationships so that people get to know, like and trust you - then they'll consider doing business with you IF it's the right thing for their business.
Bloom Networking is an environment where everyone is there to help each other, but lets face it, no one wants to be sold to.
Do you ever find yourself saying "Yes" all the time & then regret it later? Or do you say "No" & feel really uncomfortable and awkward about it? The best way to face both of these scenarios is to be very clear on your business goals, values & vision - then you're able to politely and confidently say "thanks, this sounds like a great opportunity for someone, but it really doesn't fit with my business direction but if I come across someone who I think it would suit I'll certainly recommend they get in touch with you"
On the opposite side of that - YOU MUST respect a "NO thank you" when you hear it & perhaps rethink your tactics.
One of the many great things about Bloom Networking is that through connected conversation comes clarity - so if you aren't already clear on your goals, values & vision, our community if full of wonderful people that can help you find those things because they're genuinely interested in helping you succeed.
If you have any questions that have not been answered here, would like to discuss which membership is best for you or change your level of membership, please get in touch via email or phone me on: 0425 785 161