By David Siegel, BATC-Housing First Minnesota Executive Director
My goodness, what a change I’ve seen in the mood of our industry. People are once again feeling positive about their business and are eager to network with their peers. That’s why we’ve added four regional happy hours across the Twin Cities to our calendar. We’re presenting our members the all-important opportunity to build and strengthen connections.
We add these four regional get-togethers to an already full calendar. Just to remind us all of our networking opportunities, we have Member Kickstart every other month; BRS, our Foundation Gala, Contractor University, and Housing Day at the Capitol in the spring; the Member Bash in June; Golf in August and September; the Clay Shoot, Green Path Conference and the BIG Night in October; the Member Buck Auction in the November; and the Launch Party in December. And let’s not forget that these are interspersed among the Spring and Fall Parade of Homes and Remodelers Showcase and the Artisan Home Tour in June.
We’ve already planned out the entirety of 2019, and when you lay all of our activities out on a calendar, it’s impressive (and a bit overwhelming).
So why add these casual member mixers? It helps us meet our mission. As the leading voice for builders and remodelers, we help our members build their businesses through marketing, advocacy and industry connections. Events such as these are important. We are the glue that brings together this industry, and unites us as a powerhouse in so many ways.
But as the saying goes, you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink. In other words, these events are only as successful as you make them. It’s frustrating when I talk to a member who says they got no value from the association, but when pressed, admits that they didn’t attend anything or participate in any way. So as we arrive at the fourth quarter of this year, make it a priority to engage in your association. All of our events are on the BATC-Housing First Minnesota calendar on our website. Visit the site (BATC.org) and mark your calendars for this fall and the coming year.
Join us at our regional happy hours and our other events. We want to see you and take joy in providing you the opportunity to grow your business.