Businessgroup kicks off this Friday

Published on Thu, Mar 1, 2007 by Jack Kintner

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Business group kicks off this Friday

By Jack Kintner

LeTip, a group designed to stimulate business activity through intense weekly networking breakfasts, will host a kick-off meeting for a new Blaine-Birch Bay area chapter at 7 a.m. Friday, March 2, in the Semiahmoo Golf Club’s Palmer Room.

To prepare for this, Bellingham financial planner Eric Nelson has been working for several weeks with Le Tip’s Doug Elburn, regional director for Washington and Idaho. Several 7 a.m. Friday planning meetings have been held with a core group of about a half-dozen participants.

Nelson said his experience with the Bellingham chapter sold him on the idea of starting a chapter in this area. “I’m planning on re-locating to Birch Bay Square,” he said, “and wanted to have a chapter of Le Tip here.”

Le Tip was stared 30 years ago in San Diego by San Diego executive Ken Peterson, and it now has about 15,000 members in over 200 chapters in Ontario and in 17 states in the northeast and west, plus Ohio, Illinois and Florida.

A tip, in the organization’s parlance, means a specific referral from a member to another member about a prospective customer who expects a call back within 24 hours. Members are encouraged to visit each other on the job to find out what referrals are wanted.

Written tips are then exchanged at weekly meetings and are audited for results by a club tipmaster. “Nationwide, we close on 70 to 80 percent of these tips, which is a great average,” said Elburn.

To eliminate what Elburn called conflicts of interest, memberships are limited to one representative of a given profession or type of business.

“If we have more than one chiropractor, for example, who wants to join, each one will give a short presentation and the rest of the group votes,” said Elburn.

Speaking is a major component of the club’s meetings, and each member is expected to give frequent short commercials for their work, or to repeat a commercial just given by another member.

“This is an ideal place for me to grow my new business,” said new Allstate insurance agent Annette Booth, who began her agency in Ferndale this year after several years working for both Senator Patty Murray and Senator Maria Cantwell.

Until she resigns, she will be the club’s only insurance agent for personal, health and automobile insurance. Annual dues are $325 plus local club expenses. Breakfast at the meetings is an additional $10. For more information contact Eric Nelson at 734-1494 or 739-4440.