About the NorthWest Network
In July of 1994, a small group of professionals from the Chicago northern and western suburbs met for breakfast at the Mill Rose Brewing Company Restaurant in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. Each had independently felt a need to make a connection and to seek out other professionals who shared similar values: openness, helpfulness, flexibility, non-competitiveness, and willingness to share. They were also looking for a structure that would not put additional stress or pressure on their already busy lives. From that meeting, the spirit of a very special group was formed: The NorthWest Network.
The NorthWest Network was the brainchild of Becky Lucas, Training Partners Plus, Inc., who hosted the first meeting in 1994 and continues to sponsor and provide leadership to the group. The goal of the NorthWest Network is to be self-directed. Each member contributes to the continued success of the group. Members volunteer to facilitate meetings, serve as greeters, or help with special network projects.
Meetings are held on the third Saturday of January, March, May, July, September, and November from 9:00 am to 11:30 am; see the Calendar for the dates and topics. Most meetings continue to be held at the Mill Rose Brewing Company Restaurant; driving direction are on the Calendar page. The July meeting each year is the founder’s day meeting. In this meeting, members assess and evaluate the prior year as well as plan for the next year.
Principal of Contribution
One secret of good networking is that the more you put into the network, the more you get back. Consequently, one of the underlying principles driving the NorthWest Network comes from David McNally, author of Even Eagles Need a Push,
There are many ways to contribute in the professional growth and support of fellow consultants:
|» New members joining between January and June||$35.00|
|» New members joining between July and December||$20.00|
|» Membership renewals (Regardless of the month in which paid.)||$35.00|
|Web Link Fee (to link to a member's web site)||$10.00|
|Breakfast Meeting Fees|
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