The Early Chamber of Commerce has introduced a new business-to-business networking opportunity that will help local companies connect, learn and grow.
The Early Brownwood Advanced Networking Group, or EBANG, will meet at Humphrey Pete’s every Monday at noon beginning on May 8. Program founder Ron Oswalt and Early Chamber director Shelly Taff conducted an informational session about EBANG on Monday afternoon at the Early Consolidated Business Complex, explaining the program and answering questions.
Oswalt is the business development specialist at Blue Sky Entertainment, which operates several local radio stations including Sunny 107.9 FM, 104.3 KISS FM and 105.5 The Bull. He said the EBANG program will be a huge benefit to the Chamber and its members.
Oswalt explained that EBANG will begin with a group of representatives from up to 20 business meeting every Monday at Humphrey Pete’s to talk about their company, hear from guest speakers and exchange ideas and information.
Once there are more than 20 EBANG members, a second group will be formed.
EBANG members will carry business cards from other members, allowing them to refer companies for a variety of needs. Oswalt said each group works best with one member of each industry. “We shop with each other and we refer out to each other,” he said.
Oswalt said auto dealerships, real estate brokers, plumbers, lawyers and insurance companies are the kinds of businesses that can benefit from what he called a “free sales force” of fellow EBANG members.
“Our whole goal is to be where we can welcome new businesses to this community,” Oswalt said. “Overnight, literally, they could have 20 people talking about their business.”
Taff said the Chamber is excited for the opportunity to offer a new service and potentially expand its membership. “I don’t think we have enough networking opportunities in the Chamber right now, and I think this is a great way to give to our members,” Taff said.
She said non-Chamber members are welcome to visit EBANG meetings, but must be a member to join the group. Taff emphasized that she will simply facilitate the meetings, and will continue to recommend and assist all Chamber members.
EBANG will have an attendance requirement, but members may send employees or representatives to the meetings in their place. Membership is $50 through the end of the year.
To sign up for the EBANG program, interested companies can contact Taff at 325-649-9317 or firstname.lastname@example.org. They can also visit Taff in her office at 104 E. Industrial Dr. in Early.