Our meetings take place every Tuesday morning from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Most weeks, the meetings are held at Mr. K’s Cafe & Bar (address below), however, on occasion we will hold our meetings at other locations. Check out homepage announcements to confirm where the meeting location is for that week.
Mr. K’s Cafe & Bar
3901 Vanesta Dr.
Manhattan, KS 66502
The beginning of our meetings start out with open networking time, usually from 7:30 to 7:50. This is where our members have “mingle” time, to talk with other members informally before the meeting officially begins. This is useful so that members can catch up with the events going on with each other’s businesses.
Meeting Called to Order & Educational Minute
We call our meeting to order around 7:50, and start with an “educational minute”, delivered by our educational coordinator. These educational minutes are focused on how to grow your business, as well as how to help the group be more successful.
Referral Focus Minutes
Each member gives a prepared 60 second “infomercial” on the type of client they are looking for that week. The structure of the referral focus minutes is as follows:
- stand, state your name and your business’ name
- give a brief description of the services and products your business provides
- explain the type of referrals you are looking for that week, being as specific as possible
- state your name again, as well as your business’ slogan
Guest or Member Speaker
Every two weeks, a member has the opportunity to give a 10 to 15 minute presentation, going into depth on the different products or services that their company provides. This allows the other members to understand more about the presenter’s business, and how to better refer possible client’s to them.
We also have guest speakers on occasion, from other businesses in town, to well known figures in the community. This allows our members to get an outside perspective on business, as well as general motivation and knowledge to help their businesses grow.
Vice President Report
Each week, the vice president of Manhattan Referral Network gives an update on how many referrals were passed among the group the previous week, how many have been passed in the current month, and how many referrals have been passed for the year. This educates the group on how effective Manhattan Referral Network is, while allowing them to set goals for the future.
Members who have referrals to pass fill out “referral slips” with the name of the person they are referring, the contact information for the person they are referring, and which member they are referring them to. They then give the referral slip to the member that is receiving the referral, and explain why they are referring someone to them (if the information is not confidential). A copy of the referral slip is given to the vice president, for the purpose of keeping track of each referral passed. Guests are also allowed to give and receive referrals.
Induction of New Members
If there are any new members that have applied to join Manhattan Referral Network and are accepted through a vote by the group are officially inducted into the group.
Announcements & Adjournment
At the end of the meeting, announcements are presented either about Manhattan Referral Network or announcements related to another member’s business. The meeting is then adjourned.
If you would like to know more about the process of our meetings, visit our contact page to ask our officers questions.