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Louise-Head-ShotMembers Details
Louise Jamieson
Owner
Taste of the Country
www.facebook.com/TasteoftheCountry
BNI Express in the BNI Lower Hunter Region

Tell us about your business:

Taste of the Country is a country style café located at Hunter Valley Gardens Shopping Village in Pokolbin, NSW. We are open 7 days a week (closed Christmas Day) and offer hearty breakfast, lunch and afternoon teas to hungry people. Taste of the Country is like walking into your grandmas kitchen. It smells great, it looks like you have walked into a home and the hospitality matches the impression you get as you come through the door. Open for the past 15 years, Taste of the Country is renowned for it’s Big Country Breakfasts and it’s Ploughman’s Platter for two. Inside or outside Alfresco dinning available with a view to match.

What are your top 3 networking tips?

Listen – don’t talk.
Be present throughout the whole engagement.
Make sure that you follow up on any commitment you might make during networking.

What can’t you live without?

My family and friends

Which Business Book Would Your Recommend & Why? 

The E Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber – business basics classic that always brings you back to earth and reminds you of why you are in business.

How Did Your Find Out About BNI & Why Did You Join?

I was invited to a BNI meeting – loved what I saw and have been a member ever since. After years of networking – this referral based marketing and relationship model was exactly what me and my business needed.

How Long Have You Been a Member For?

7 years

What Position/s On The Leadership Team Have You Held? 

Vice President, Membership Committee, Education, Visitors Host

What value & benefit have you or your business gained by being a BNI Member?

Aside from the monetary value – BNI provides a variety of education, great relationships, support from other business members, and a great Givers Gain attitude that breathes new life into a business. The buzz that you get from helping other businesses succeed is amazing and watching other members achieve their dreams makes it all worthwhile. I can recommend it to anyone who is looking for a new way to grow their business.

What Do You Wish Someone Had Told Your When You First Joined BNI? 

That the more you put into working the system, the more you would get out of it. The possibilities are endless. It’s just that until you develop a close relationship and are committed to help another business grow – that you realise the power of BNI.

Do You Have a BNI Story to share?

Start up businesses always do exceptionally well at BNI. In our Chapter our security business had only been operating for 6 months when he joined the chapter. Seven years on and he has taken the business to a multi vehicle business employing 6 staff and has just merged it with a larger competitor.

Your Dream Referral Is…

A small tour operator that is looking for a regular café for lunch for his patrons.

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davidmarkusMembers Details
David Markus
Founder & Managing Director
Combo
www.combo.com.au
BNI Corporate Connections in the BNI Melbourne CBD Region

Tell us about your business:

Combo provides managed IT services where we become the IT department and help desk or assist the internal IT department of established companies with over 20 staff.

We provide consulting services, implementation or cloud migration services as projects and ongoing support. Projects we do include, technology updates or refreshes, office relocations, network design for internal or national networks.

What are your top 3 networking tips?

1) Understand what a perfect referral is for fellow members
2) Get firm permission to refer from the target client.
3) After passing the referral follow up with your BNI fellow member and the target to make sure every chance for business to be done has been taken. Then your referrals especially into larger more complex clients can drive real value.

What can’t you live without?

My family, gym workouts and my creature comforts. I have two awesome boys 9 and 12 who keep me on my toes. My wife who is also the joint managing director of Combo. Without her every aspect of my personal and business world would crumble and lose all meaning.

Which Business Book Would Your Recommend & Why? 

My first book in Business was E-Myth and it is a great first book. Good to Great is good too but then Blue Sky thinking and so many others come to mind after that.

How Did Your Find Out About BNI & Why Did You Join?

My good friend Peter Cook introduced me to BNI in Essendon over 10 years ago and I then kept an ear to the ground for a group that offered me connections to larger businesses. Corporate Connections in Melbourne offered me that chance.

How Long Have You Been a Member For?

6 years

What Position/s On The Leadership Team Have You Held? 

Membership
 Committee, Education

What value & benefit have you or your business gained by being a BNI Member?

The value on a personal level has been in building a group of fellow business builders as well as connections who help me solve all sorts of problems in my property investments. For my business it has been a number of very good clients who have grown and in turn supported the growth of my business. Over 6 years the seat has returned over $2.5 Million in revenue.

What Do You Wish Someone Had Told Your When You First Joined BNI? 

The support comes in ways you least expect it when you stop trying to sell yourself and just relax into the group.

Do You Have a BNI Story to share?

I do business in both directions with members of my BNI group. They support my financial services, video needs, investment advice, mortgage broking, printing needs, architectural advice and so much more when I need them and I provide IT support to many of them who run larger businesses. Meeting regularly has allowed us to build the most solid relationships of any I have built in 13 years in business.

Your Dream Referral Is…

An organisation with over 100 staff on computers who just realised their departing IT manager was hiding his incompetence and they need our help right now. This is where we can deliver fantastic value with ready to go solutions that we have delivered many times. We can then do in weeks what has not been achieved in years. We love to make businesses work better by giving them IT systems that work better.

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