Does Sacramento Really Need Another Networking Group?

by Michelle Valencia

Like social nomads, we travel from one networking group to another, sometimes traversing two or more territories simultaneously. Hoping to go the distance with our businesses, we search for the right place to settle. Or not.

“Until now,” says Jim Pelley of uLinkNetwork. “We are the first, and only, networking group to have a mobile app that allows us to send instant referrals 24/7/365. No more tiny slips of paper, ” he adds, laughing. “In a pass the basket group, there is data entry. Our system automates that.”

As a public speaker with a flair for humor, Jim is the owner of Laughterworks Seminars. His humor often lights on very practical, serious topics, especially in the world of business. He and partner Adam Frick of Folsom Living decided that there was a need for a networking group that could be first to market with the technology to electronically track invites, leads, referrals, even follow-up phone calls and emails. Because of the automation it is also possible to refer cross-network instantly.

Speaking on the advantage of the electronic tracking Jim explains, “we can see that we average about 10 to 25 referrals daily, but after a mixer, where we conduct no formal business, traffic soars. We can see over 100 referrals that day because of the relationships being developed.”

While one might assume they could forego the meeting because of the app and its connection to Social Media, Pelley says, “without a meeting, there is no digital leverage driven by relationships.” They meet only twice a month because a business person’s time is valuable. At the monthly mixers, it’s like magic happens. People are more relaxed and the alliances are strengthened.

Monica Martinez Lopez, a personal fashion consultant with Premier Design Jewelry in El Dorado Hills, says that she had been to other networking groups, but really hadn’t seen her business take off until she found uLinkNetwork.

With 10 groups and growing in the Sacramento area and expansion beginning in the Bay area and possibly out of state, uLinkNetwork says that Sacramento absolutely needs another networking group. This one!