5 Women Whose Businesses Boomed from Networking at Temech
Networking sometimes comes off as a buzz word these days. Everyone’s talking about it being important, but tachlis, what good is yacking to a bunch of people? In fact, what is SO important that events are built around this concept that is billed to almost magically build businesses? Let’s take a look at a few examples of what networking (at Temech!) has done for five business owners.
RENA YUDKOWSKY, MSW
Rena, a geriatric social worker and memory coach from Ramat Beit Shemesh, shares that her participation in a networking group has helped her in numerous ways. Rena developed a highly effective memory improvement course for senior citizens and was looking for avenues toward reaching a wider audience than her mostly local population.
Through opening up in a facilitated framework with other business-minded colleagues, Rena has seen her business reach beyond previously-unimaginable borders. Referrals have brought her a marketing strategist, web designer and copywriter. Additionally, Rena describes how emotional strength and motivation blossom when sharing our successes, big and small, with like-minded people.
The icing on the cake is the tremendous number of resources she has accessed via other entrepreneurs through the networking process. Books, information and expertise are passed from one woman to the next in order to benefit one and all, providing an invaluable resource bank.
Adina runs her own marketing firm, mainly focusing on promotional writing and social media. This was a total change from her pre-aliyah career as a human resources manager in a large firm, making her start as an independent, small business owner in a new field somewhat daunting.
Adina decided to join a networking group, as she’d been part of a similar forum in her past position and had found it helpful. Adina sings the praises of her group. All the women involved were at more or less the same point in their business development when the group started, so nobody has the upper hand. There is no “expert”. They all encourage each other and Adina states, “The energy created when we get together is incredible! We could power the lights for at least half of Jerusalem!”
The list of what she has gained from her networking group includes basic Hebrew terms she needs on a regular basis, tax law information, recommendations for service providers, as well as a sounding board and cheering squad!
Tamar a currently a bestselling cookbook author and food columnist, and her challah shows and demonstrations draw varied crowds and rave reviews. But it wasn’t always that way.
In this video, Tamar shares how her first Temech conference took her from a heap of business frustrations to an upward path of success… all because of one networking encounter.
Tzippy is a simcha planner based in Jerusalem. Her bubbly personality gushed forth when asked what networking has done for her business. “Everything! Starting from that everyone has simchas, be it a bris, bar mitzvah, wedding or whatever… and the more people with whom I come in contact, the more my name gets out there. I’ve gotten most of my clients via word of mouth – either they have met me or they are referred by someone else who has. And networking is relatively free, depending on how you do it, so much cheaper than advertising in the circulars.”
Additionally, Tzippy has found amazing service providers via networking referrals. With referrals, she is careful to ask about the potential provider’s strengths and work history, which is vital information in her industry. Each simcha has to be perfect!
Karen Furman is a professional organizer and de-cluttering expert, a.k.a. The Klutter Koach, based in Ramat Beit Shemesh. She exclaims that networking, which she does through Temech facilitation, has been a brachah in her life. Karen has built trusting business relationships with local women through networking. As she prefers not to rely on the internet as a resource for her business, “the old fashioned way” is her way. “When discussion opens up between business owners, it’s sometimes surprising to see how much we can all help each other through our vast variety of abilities and connections. We’re a fantastic support for one another.”
Mrs. Furman explains that while she hasn’t (yet) made a million dollars in her business, she is certain that as she and her colleagues continue to grow, their networking is planting seeds that will sprout into clients, both for herself and for those with whom she shares a connection.
What field are you in? How long have you been in the country? At what stage is your business? When it comes to networking, it doesn’t matter! The only thing that matters is having the desire to get ahead while advancing others as well.
The upcoming Temech Conference on Tuesday, November 19 (21 Cheshvan) will feature opportunities for both structured and informal networking all day long. It’s a great way to give your business a boost.
In addition, the Temech Conference will also be the kick-off to the formation of more Temech English language networking groups, so you can harness the power of networking to drive your business throughout the year.
Don’t miss this once-a-year opportunity! Register for the Conference today!
Leave a Reply