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HOW IT WORKS

The Consortium is a technology referral group that enables members to build strong business relationships within the group. Each member has been vetted and signs an agreement that covers rules of engagement to join the group.

 

As a prospective member you can come as our guest to one meeting to check it out. After the first meeting, if you wish to join, a 1-on-1 is set up with other members so we can know you and you can learn first-hand Consortium’s value. If we mutually agree to move forward, you sign up for the monthly membership fee and you will then receive meeting invitations and valuable opportunity emails.

Membership can be terminated at will.

BENEFITS OF BEING A MEMBER

We achieve more together than working alone.

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INCREASE YOUR MARKET SIZE

In the Consortium the number of potential clients in your market increases dramatically. In addition to your fellow members, you also add second-degree customers: clients of other members. Your fellow members are incentivized to introduce you to their clients through referral agreements.

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SHARE

Meeting among like-minded peers is very effective because we are more aware of opportunities in our own industry compared with other referral partners outside technology. We also share ideas more effectively because we understand each other’s business better than others outside our industry.

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IMPROVE VALUE PROPOSITION

Established referral agreements allow you to bundle other member’s services with your own, to significantly improve your value proposition, increase your brand, offer a more complete solution to your client, and strengthen your relationship and stickiness with your clients or win clients that you may not have access to otherwise.

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CREATE ECONOMIES OF SCALE

When businesses work together to access resources, they benefit from economies of scale. e.g Consortium members may band together to utilize the services of another business to scale their business to handle projects they otherwise wouldn’t. A member can become a larger service provider to win business with a larger client.

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SERVICES OFFERED
BY OUR MEMBERS

  • Business Analysis
  • Software Application Development
  • User Interface and Experience (UI/UX)
  • Change Management
  • E-Learning Design and Development
  • DevOps
  • Cybersecurity
  • Cybersecurity Insurance
  • Software Support Service Level Agreements (SLA)
  • Managed IT Services
  • Digital Marketing & Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
  • Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • IT Advisory
  • Fractional CIO
  • Leadership
  • IT Staff Augmentation
  • Disruption Planning
  • Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Planning
  • Business Process Reengineering
  • Future-proof Business Advisory

Here are answers to questions asked about Consortium Partners and how it all works.

How many people are in the Consortium?

We currently have 40 active members.  We believe in abundance, so you may find your competitor(s) in the group but we have found that there is plenty of business to go around.

How much does it cost to attend these meetings?

Your first meeting is free so you can decide if it is a good fit for you. If you choose to join, the Membership fee is $100/month, and you can terminate at will. The recurring fee covers the operating and monthly meeting food and beverage bill.

What is involved in the signup process?

After you have attended your first meeting, we will set up a 1-on-1 with two existing members for our two-way vetting process so we can get to know you and you can learn first-hand about the value we see from the Consortium.

What are the meeting times?

We meet once a month. Sign up to see times and locations here.

Does Consortium Partners collect referral fees?

No.

How do referrals work?

We encourage compensating for referrals through a referral fee that is arranged between the receiver and sender of a referral. The amount of the referral is entirely dependent on what the receiver agrees to pay. We have standard referral agreements available for our partners as a template.

What sets you apart from my local Chamber of Commerce?

One is being in the room with interesting and inspiring people in your same industry. The cherry on top is since July 2017 over $500K in deals have been referred, of which $90K have closed, and currently there is $163K in expected revenue in the pipeline.

What happens in the meeting?

We meet for around two to three hours which includes socializing, dinner and drinks, which the Consortium pays for out of the membership fee. Partners refer opportunities to other members in the group. These opportunities are in adjacent areas of their business, and often partners team together to provide a better offer to their clients than on their own.

Who should join?

Like-minded individuals in our common industry, technology, because we are more aware of opportunities in our own industry compared with other referral partners outside technology.

What do you focus on?

We have a technology focus. Our partners currently are in fields such as Managed IT Services, Custom Software Development, Change Management, Machine Learning and AI, Digital Marketing, Search Engine Optimization, and many more.

What is Consortium Partners and what is your purpose?

We are like-minded business individuals that want to drive more business by building relationships.

If I can't attend an event, will I still be charged monthly dues?

Yes. Dues are charged monthly to cover all operating costs.  Therefore, you get the best value by attending and engaging. If you don’t see value in the Consortium, you can cancel at will to end your membership.

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HOW CAN MY BUSINESS JOIN?

Membership is currently on an invitation-only basis.

 

To register your interest for future openings, please click here to complete the membership application form.