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Well here's your chance to create relationships with some smart people that can help your business thrive. Every Tuesday at 7am we share breakfast and meet with other professionals looking for companies just like yours to share referrals with. Imagine the power of a room full of community business leaders who are always on the lookout for your perfect customer.

Our meetings are fast paced and structured to accomplish a lot while respecting our members' valuable time. Each week we pass Referrals, enjoy a BDC Success Story, learn from an Education Segment, and engage in a 20 minute Brainsparking Session. Brainsparking is when all of our members take time out of our meeting to help one member with questions about his or her business. We also occasionally invite local dignitaries to speak at our club on matters important to small business.

There is no doubt, the BDC is all about growing businesses. We are more than just a leads group, we offer members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and most importantly, business referrals. If you are serious about taking your business to the next level, the BDC is for you!


The purpose of the Business Development Club (BDC) is to help business leaders develop business communications, mentor its members, build business relationships among its members, set goals, network and build referral skills. The BDC helps its members in the community strengthen ties with government and nonprofit organizations.

 

Membership

Members make a commitment to each other, which precludes membership in another referral club. The total membership of BDC is limited to 45. Candidates for membership should desire to grow their businesses, share and receive ideas and pass referrals.

Visitors whose classifications are open may visit the club twice at no expense before joining. Visitors receive an application on their first visit and are expected to return a completed application with an application fee on their second visit if they are interested in joining. Visitor/Applicant should not attend the third meeting so club can open floor to approval of member

Membership is restricted to one person representing one business classification. It is open only to individuals representing their primary occupation.

Current members with concerns about a visitor's classification conflicting with their classification should notify the Membership Chair during the visitation period.

Applicants shall become members upon paying dues and application fees at the applicable rate and the approval of their application.

An individual or business may own a membership. Membership is owned by whoever pays the annual membership dues. Businesses owning a membership may replace the person occupying the membership at no additional cost subject to club approval of new member.

A prospective member must carry general liability insurance in their company name. If their company has more than three employees, the prospective member must carry workers compensation insurance. It is highly recommended that if the member is of a classification that has local and state associations, the member should be an active member and in good standing with the association. The club will not police this, however, if a member is discovered to be unlicensed or uninsured this is grounds for dismissal. Prospective members must have a minimum of one year’s experience in the industry they wish to represent OR be employed with a company that has been in business one year.

A member may resign by filing a written resignation to the Chapter Secretary. Membership fees or breakfast dues paid will not be refunded.

The Board after five days’ notice and for cause may, by two-thirds vote of its members, suspend or discontinue any member.

Each member pays annual dues as set by the Board. Changes in dues are made by the Board. The Board may grant a leave of absence, relieving a member from obligation to pay breakfast fees for a temporary period for prolonged illness or other causes the SAB deems sufficient.

Each member pays breakfast dues subject to the cost of the facility at which it meets. Members more than 30 days late forfeit their membership. Breakfast dues are to be paid in advance and are due regardless of whether the member eats or not. Members wishing to pay on a monthly basis must do so by automatic credit/debit card. Members wishing to pay by check must pay at least a quarter in advance.

The Membership Committee is composed of the Membership Chair, Secretary and Visitor Host and is the final authority on classification issues.

 

Officers and Elections

Senior Advisory Board

The Board consists of two permanent members, the current President, and the previous two Presidents. The Board will meet monthly or as needed. Special meetings of the Board require a minimum of five days’ notice. Board members do not receive comped dues for their roles as board members.

 

Leadership Team

The club leadership team shall be the President, Vice President, Secretary, Education Coordinator, Visitor Host, Membership Chair and Sergeant at Arms. Terms of office are six months.

 

Attendance

Each member is allowed a maximum of three absences per six-month period. The six-month periods run from January 1 to June 30 and July 1 to December 31. When a member is unable to attend a meeting, they may have a substitute attend in their place. Substitutes must be prepared to give an infomercial for the member’s business, share BDC activities on the member's behalf and participate in the brain sparking. Members may not have more than three unrepresented absences. Members may not substitute for other members. Members exceeding six absences in six months forfeit their membership. Expelled members may reapply. Membership Committee has the discretion to approve or disapprove any reapplications. Payment of annual membership fee and application fee will apply to reapplications. Absences of prior employee in a business owned membership do not count against the replacement employee of the same membership.

Habitual late arrival or early departure may be grounds for forfeiting membership.

Arriving after 7:30 am counts as an absence.

The Membership Committee will take action if a member frequently leaves before the meeting is adjourned.

An Emergency Leave of Absence may be granted for up to 60 days or as approved by SAB. Emergency leave will only be considered for members who are current on both membership and breakfast dues. Members who need an emergency leave should apply in writing to the Membership Chair. Businesses that lose an employee occupying a business owned membership will be considered for an Emergency Leave of Absence and should also apply in writing to the Membership Chair. An Emergency Leave of Absence granted to a business membership will not exceed 6 weeks. The Membership Committee has the right to grant an Emergency Leave of Absence. The Membership Committee may forward a request to the SAB if desired. Dues will continue to be paid during the emergency leave.

Members changing classification or their company will submit a new application to the membership committee for approval. Their former classification will be reopened for a candidate for membership. A company "name change only" does not require approval.

 

Member Duties

Membership is a privilege. Each member is expected to act in a professional manner with integrity, honesty, respect and courtesy.

Members are asked to refrain from offensive jokes or comments in the meeting. Meetings are positive and members should show respect and support for each other.

Meeting dress is business casual attire. This specifically prohibits denim, shorts and tennis shoes.

Members are required to have a referral or an activity every meeting. Members must pass at least one referral per month. If no referrals are given in a month, this is sufficient cause for termination of membership. A minimum donation of $25 to Special Olympics South Carolina counts as a referral.

Members will participate in a minimum of four events per year in support of Special Olympics South Carolina.

Members are expected to respond to referrals quickly and professionally.

 

Activities Include:

  • Bringing qualified guests eligible for membership
  • Meeting with other members outside of the weekly meetings
  • Providing door prizes for the meeting

 

If a member brings a guest who does not qualify for membership, the member will be billed for their guest's breakfast. A qualified guest is someone whose classification is open in the chapter and meets all requirements to join the BDC.

Members are encouraged to do business with each other.

Members should not offer or pay referral fees to other members.

 

Meetings

Club meetings are held weekly from 7:15 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. on the day established by the Board and chapter members. Members are encouraged to arrive by 7:00 a.m. to network.

The club meets approximately 50 times a year depending on holidays and is encouraged to have socials outside the regular meetings to promote loyalty and fellowship.

The club may, at the discretion of the Board, support other regional, state and local organizations and activities, which promote business development and passing referrals. Business may be submitted to a vote of the Board at any regularly scheduled Board meeting or at a special meeting called by the Board with at least five days’ notice.

 

Officer and Leadership Team Responsibilities

When a Chapter reaches 25 members, the President, Vice President, Secretary, Visitor Host, Education Coordinator, and Sergeant at Arms receive complimentary memberships for the term of office, retroactive to the start of the term once the Chapter is certified.

 

The President

  • President is appointed by the Board.
  • Conducts all chapter meetings.
  • Appoints the Leadership Team.
  • Ensures the Leadership Team is fulfilling their responsibilities.
  • Prepares a written meeting agenda following the Board-approved agenda.
  • E-mails each new member a welcome letter.

 

The Vice-President

  • Schedules brainsparking recipients and success story speakers.
  • Conducts brainsparking sessions.
  • Obtains written profiles from each member and e-mails them with three questions from the recipient to the members one week before the scheduled brainsparking session.
  • Conducts meetings in the president's absence.

 

The Secretary

  • Records attendance, late arrivals or early departures at each meeting and promptly reports it to the President, Membership Chair and Board no later than the day after each meeting.
  • Alerts the Membership Committee when a member is absent two, three or four times in a sixmonth period.
  • Sends e-mail advisory letters to members when in violation of attendance guidelines.
  • Sends e-mail notices to members that they have forfeited membership on a fourth absence in six months with copies to the President, Membership Committee and Information Coordinator.

 

The Education Coordinator

  • Arranges the eight-minute educational content of the meeting.
  • Schedules members to speak on business topics of interest to members.
  • Arranges occasional outside speakers to speak on business topics.

 

The Visitor Host

  • Arrives at the meetings at 6:50 a.m. to greet visitors and make them welcome.
  • Has visitors sign the visitor sheet and provides them temporary name badges.
  • Introduces visitors during the meeting and explains club dues and breakfast fees.
  • Processes applications, checks references and remits applications and $25 application fees to the BDC Treasurer within seven days.
  • Inducts new members using BDC Induction sheet.
  • Forwards application and membership fees to BDC Treasurer.
  • Provides new member with the following:
  • Copy of BDC Bylaws
  • Credit card authorization form for breakfast dues
  • Forwards copy of application to BDC Treasurer.

 

The Membership Chair

  • Chairs the Membership Committee.
  • Works with the Membership Committee to enforce the attendance policy and warn members who are in danger of exceeding the allowed absences.
  • Works with the Membership Committee to evaluate complaints about members. If the committee receives a complaint, they bring the member in to hear the other side of the complaint. Their purpose is to bring the two members together to solve the complaint.
  • Warns members who behave in an unethical manner or are in violation of the bylaws
  • Reviews weekly Secretary’s report and, when necessary, requests Secretary to issue Cancellation of Membership letters.

 

The Sergeant at Arms

  • Opens the meeting, greets everyone, reminds everyone to turn off pagers and cell phones, explains the mission and purpose of the BDC and introduces the President.
  • Times all speakers and members infomercials.
  • Handles the music and video portions of the meeting.
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