Once Upon A Time …

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ZigZag: Invitations| Once Upon A Time …
Conversation lead by the: Canton Business Leaders Team (100% Qualified)

  and Everything starts with an invitation.

Who invited you to visit our Team? Where were you? What did they say?

What did you think when you heard the invitation? Were you looking for a way to decline, or honored they thought of you?

Did you say yes immediately, or did it take several repeats until you visited?

Tell us your story.


30 Responses to Once Upon A Time …
  1. John Bennett
    April 3, 2020 | 9:06 am

    The person that invited me was Jef Blocker (yes, with one ‘f’), a loan officer. I figured if a client invited me, I should go. It was up on Windy Hill Drive and my office is in Decatur. I went for a few months and was going to quite because it took so long to get back to my office after the meeting. I then learned there was a team in Decatur that I could join, so I transferred to Decatur and have been there ever since.

  2. Tim Miller
    April 3, 2020 | 9:16 am

    Angie Hays called and asked if I would be interested in a networking group and I was extremely honored for the invite and asked about the meeting itself. Angie gave me all the details as well as letting me know that my seat was considered a hot seat and that 2 others were coming as well. That pushed me to not only check out the group but want to obtain that seat as well as it seemed a commodity. I really wasn’t looking for a team at the time as we had recently moved to Georgia and I was concentrating on the clients that I had already in my book of business but it is one of the best decisions I made.

  3. Wendy Kinney
    April 3, 2020 | 9:27 am

    My neighbor told a guy in Melbourne about me – (I lived in Altamonte Springs; 2 hours up the turnpike) – and I went to that 7am meeting because I thought I wouldn’t know anyone, so if I embarrassed myself I would just leave.

    It was the 7-Minutes that got me. I sat there, listening to the CPA’s 7-Minute, thinking “How come my CPA isn’t telling me this?”

    I joined for the 7-Minutes – as a business owner, I wasn’t getting that information anywhere else in my life. (I had owned a restaurant for two years, and I kept thinking, if I’d been a Member then, I would have had people to help me.)

  4. Judy Bagwell
    April 3, 2020 | 9:44 am

    I was invited by Kelly Lamb who was on the Milton team. I was so nervous to speak in front of other people, weird because I’m an outside sales rep and that didn’t make me nervous. I visited the Downtown Woodstock and then Canton Business Leaders. Both teams were so welcoming and loved the comradery was great! I connected with Canton Business Leaders and so I decided to join! Wow, I felt so honored that they chose me!! My first 7 minute felt like I was in the twilight zone because I was so nervous. When I finished everyone applauded and I received so much feedback! I felt so good 🙂 This has been the best decision I have made and almost 4 years later I have been in 3 leadership roles.

  5. Linda Lullie
    April 3, 2020 | 9:46 am

    Jessica Carter invited me to PC a few years ago. Unfortunately there was at the time, another business on the team who we overlapped with in a pretty big way, even though we’d have different categories, I didn’t want to “step on any toes”, so I declined the invite. Having been on a team back in 2010/2011, I understood how PC worked and just felt better about not coming back under those circumstances. After that person left the team, I jumped on the opportunity to visit, and wow I was so glad I did. Our Canton Business Leaders Team ROCKS – they were so welcoming and professional, yet fun and friendly.

  6. Cindy DeMaio
    April 3, 2020 | 9:58 am

    Jessica Carter invited me to PowerCore. We were at a meeting of The Rotary Club of Jasper. I had just moved back to Georgia, and had just officially opened my business. Jessica asked me if anyone had ever told me about PowerCore. She told me a little bit about the team, and I asked her to send me more information. I attended my first meeting that next week. It was such a great decision. I have learned so much from the Canton Business Leaders team. I can’t imagine having started my business without the support of this group.

  7. Angie Hays
    April 3, 2020 | 10:11 am

    Chris Quay invited me to Powercore and I was extremely flattered! However, I was scared to death of the dreaded Info-minute! LOL! I had only been licensed 4 years and was competing against Realtors who were much more experienced than I. Knowing that every word I said would be critical to the decision whether these people wanted me on their team, I learned that the Coffee’s we shared was where the relationships started and were built upon. Real Estate is such a relationship business and I like to think that is where my strength came from – and why they chose me. Thank you, Chris, for being such a great friend to think of me back then! I am deeply and eternally grateful to you!

  8. Jessica Fleetwood
    April 3, 2020 | 10:13 am

    Linda Lullie invited me to come when we were at a Cherokee County Chamber Power Hour. We had joined the Chamber to expand our business into other areas. I was pleased that she invited me to visit the next week. I did some research on line about PowerCore and was impressed with what I saw. Judy was the VCO, we met and I decided to visit. I was even more impressed when I visited the team meeting. I liked the structure to the meeting and all the team members made me feel welcome. I made the decision that day to joint the team. One of the best decisions I made for my business.

  9. Chris Quay
    April 3, 2020 | 10:29 am

    Michelle Quay (wife) invited me. I was on a break from networking groups for several years at that time due to poorly run meetings and a lack of quality referrals. I figured it was time to give it a try again and here I am 12 years later.

  10. charles frederic
    April 3, 2020 | 10:40 am

    When I opened Automotive Blessings I was told to get into a networking group from an outside sales person of one of my vendors. I was familiar with BNI but not Power Core. I looked into it and seen a meeting was close to my house, went to the meeting and joined. I have been here now 9 yrs and don’t see an end to it.

  11. Allyson McCarthy
    April 3, 2020 | 10:52 am

    I was part of a women’s networking group in Sandy Springs which my cousin’s wife recommended to me. Sandy Springs is not only inconvenient to my location, but the mid day weekly lunch ruined opportunities to be productive.

    After a year and few referrals, another member, Amy Yarkoni, mentioned she’d be joining another networking group called Powercore. I loved there were multiple teams, over 600 members (not 60) and was a mix of men and women.

    I visited two locations and loved the Candler Park team for the warm reception I received. I joined immediately.

    I’ve been there five years and have had great success in the Powercore community.

  12. Joseph Chvatal
    April 3, 2020 | 10:53 am

    As a twist, I invited myself! I was with another referral group, I won’t say who but it’s 3 letters. I was not happy with they way referrals were handled and because of team pressure the referral or should I say lead were not very solid. I contacted PowerCore and found out that a new Woodstock team was being formed. I was invited to go to the meeting where I met Wendy and was very impressed with what I saw. The road block was that another member who had the seat was going to request a transfer so I was not able to join the team. turn the clock ahead 1 1/2 years and I received a call late Tuesday to find out if I was still interested in becoming a member of PowerCore as the seat had just become open, asked when the meeting was it was the next morning, I arrived before 7 with my check in hand and that was almost 15 years ago. What a ride, I’ve enjoyed our team both current and past and the relationships that we establish are lasting ones. Love you guys!!! Joe

  13. Katherine France
    April 3, 2020 | 11:46 am

    I was invited by Linda Lullie with Inspired2Design. We overlapped often in other networking groups and in leadership roles within those groups. I had the opportunity to work with some very important referrals from Linda, so I think the invite means we did a good job!

    I had previously been invited to the Canton Business Leaders by Linda for the Mortgage Seat, but it was filled by the time I was able to attend the first meeting. Several months later, the seat opened again and Linda invited again. She told me she thought I would be a good fit and so I attended my first meeting. There was another mortgage lender sitting next to me at the table and my competitive side started getting antsy. I submitted my application later that day and visited again the following week. If my seat filled so quickly, I wanted to make sure I made a good first (and second) impression. To my surprise, the other lender couldn’t make it to the meeting. My application was approved and I joined the table. I won!

  14. John Hulbert
    April 3, 2020 | 12:43 pm

    I was invited by Brad Klaus to visit the Kennesaw team. Low and behold, at my very first meeting there was this lady wearing a really big hat, which I didn’t know was our fearless leader, Wendy. Brad & I were in another small open networking group that wasn’t growing, and I really needed to invest my time in a group that could help me grow my new business. I was a little anxious, yet honored that Brad invited me, and I think I went right away. Brad told me about how the meetings go, but since I was Lead Singer in a Glam Rock Band back in the day, I was definitely not afraid of getting up in front of people. I joined the Kennesaw team originally, and I think within 6 months or less, I accepted the position of Participation Coordinator, and never looked back.

    • Katherine France
      April 7, 2020 | 2:12 pm

      I’m sorry, we’re going to need to dig deeper into the Glam-Rock-Band-past once we get back to to the table, John!

  15. Terisha Tatter
    April 3, 2020 | 1:34 pm

    I have been a member for 17 years. I first went to a meeting at the OK cafe In Cobb county. My first meeting was an invaluable experience to do things differently when future potential members are visiting out team. The person that invited me didn’t tell me that they met in a room in the back. I waited in the front by the cash register and ended up being late to the meeting. Because I was late, I was EVEN MORE nervous about speaking to the group…and my face turned !) SHADES OF RED. Something must have gone right about that meeting because here I am 17 years later still in Powercore and I have benefitted tremendously from a financial aspect, but mostly from the amazing people I have connected with and many whom I call friends. When a visitor comes, I look for them, prep them on what to say before the day of the meeting, inform them how we are different from other networking groups, share some of the rules, tell them that if they are late it might be better to wait for the next time..you know putting their best foot forward. I really try to give them an idea so that they can be even more prepared and thus more relaxed in the meeting. During the meeting I sit next to them and pull everyones card (or if their is a Visitor host, I might sit on the other side especially if there is more than one Visitor…and if possible, put them in the order in which they are going to speak. I whisper about standing up and “thanks for having me” and inviting people to coffee if they want to and how to do that. I stay a couple of minutes afterward and answer any questions…introduce them again to another team member if they want….to close off the meeting with success. I learned many of thee wonderful ideas from the late Phil Pennartz …because the Golden Rule never goes out of style

  16. Ron Hooks
    April 3, 2020 | 4:58 pm

    Angie Hays (Keller Williams)invited my boss to come. He asked me to attend, since Canton is my area of responsibility and he was already part of a networking group. I was curious and attended 2 and then struggled to get to the next 2 due to sickness and family issues. I was impressed with the members, their genuine care for each other and the overall tone of the meetings. I have made the commitment to this group and am looking forward to getting to know each person and their business.

  17. Dr. Alex Deister
    April 5, 2020 | 2:25 pm

    Dr. Ollie Evans invited me to visit the Canton Business Leaders Team. I was a student at Life University, finishing up my chiropractic degree. He told me the importance of building a network (I lovingly refer to it as my support team) outside of the bubble of school.

    I was honored to have been invited but nervous at the same time. I had never been uncomfortable speaking in front of a large group of people but something about a more intimate setting, sharing my personal passion, made me more nervous than my high school graduation in which I spoke to a group of over 3,000.

    When I was extended an invitation to join the group I was a little surprised. I thought maybe I’m too young, maybe I’m too inexperienced as all of these other members are successful business owners. Pushing through my fears, I realized I’ve always grown the most from being uncomfortable.

    I went to a couple of meetings before transferring in to fill Ollie’s position. I am so honored to have been given the opportunity to join this table of amazing people.

    Thanks for reading.

  18. Matthew Ellis
    April 6, 2020 | 4:46 pm

    I was invited to join by Charles Frederic and John Hulbert. I hadn’t even finished my morning coffee before I got the text that my classification had opened up. I submitted my application within the hour since hot seats are hard to come by. I love the Canton Business Leaders! They really are great people and a wonderful start to my Wednesday.


  19. Dale Johnson
    April 7, 2020 | 8:34 am

    My former chiropractor Andy Vantreese invited me to Powercore. He talked to me about it several times before I decided to give it a try. I had just went back on my own about 4 months earlier and I was trying to figure out how to get some exposure. I went to one meeting and I was sold. I believe I got 6 referrals the first meeting also.

  20. Ron White
    April 7, 2020 | 8:49 am

    John Conley from the 78 Team invited me to visit PowerCore. I had just opened my office in Dec 2017 when I called John for some signage. As we were walking around the property John asked me what was business. After a brief discussion, he went to his truck and came back with a PowerCore invitation. I must have had a look on my face because John said don’t give me that look!! He told me that he’d been in PowerCore for over 10 years and it works. I attended the Decatur meeting and I was absolutely amazed by the process and the people. I joined a few days later and its still one of the best investment I ever made!

  21. Laurie Nolan
    April 7, 2020 | 11:27 am

    Dr Nikki Hirshowitz called me just before Labor Day 2019 and invited me to her PC weekly mtg., as the P and C insurance seat had just opened up. 3 mos earlier a fellow agent was filling me in on the PC team that she was on and just how much she loved it!
    So, off I went to The Black Walnut Café on a Wednesday morning, in what seemed to be the middle of the night. As it turns out, I am really a morning person!!! I had a bit of experience with closed networking groups, so the experience was not totally foreign to me. That being said, I still have so much to learn, as I want to be a great teammate!

    • Katherine France
      April 7, 2020 | 2:14 pm

      Laurie, so great to see you in PC! What a blast from the past! I’m the Katherine that used to make calls on your office and bring you treats. Welcome to the PC fam!

  22. Cathy Logan
    April 7, 2020 | 1:48 pm

    I was doing my heads down bookkeeping for Rachel Platt of the Sandy Springs team. She asked me if I was looking to grow my business and of course I said yes. It was right up my alley because I’m a morning person. I never thought of turning down the invite because I respected Rachel and felt honored.

  23. Lindsay Prose
    April 7, 2020 | 2:16 pm

    I was invited by Nick Ovens of Big Sky Construction who was on the Canton team at the time. We had done some work for Nick and his neighbor, and naturally discussed business and how things were going. We had just made a change in our business structure and he shared how PC had helped his business then gave the invitation to attend a meeting. I was nervous but the group was welcoming, and I knew immediately it was something we needed to be a part of and I brought my application back with me the following week.

  24. Jason Patton
    April 7, 2020 | 9:21 pm

    I was invited by John Immke of Roof it Forward. It did not take me much time at all to decide to come to Powercore. I knew it would be beneficial. I only needed to be asked once, and I said I would definitely want to do it within a few seconds.

    I was told a strong network is paramount to success in my industry, and I knew this was the truth. I felt excited to become a part of Powercore.

  25. Callie Mahaffey
    April 8, 2020 | 7:42 am

    I was invited by former member Joe Dollar on the Towne Lake team. He had heard of our company through his neighbor, who was a customer of ours. It took a few weeks for me to wrap my brain about a weekly networking meeting at 7 am. However, after I had my first visit, I decided to send in my application. Almost three years later, and I’m still so glad I joined!

  26. Daniel Evans
    April 8, 2020 | 9:13 am

    When I first started working for Big Sky Nick Ovens told me about Powercore and encouraged me to find a team to join. John Immke of the town lake team reached out to me and told me they had a seat open and invited me to a meeting. At first I was a little hesitant on going but nick and John finally convinced me to check it out.

    At that point, I just made a big career change coming from the construction industry which I had been in for 15 years. They both told me if I wanted to grow in the industry as well as sharpen my business skills that this would be the perfect fit for me.

    Almost 2 years later joining powercore was one of the best decision I’ve ever made. I have learned so much and have met so many great people along the way. I have formed friendships as well as business relationships that will last for years to come.

  27. Bruce Wu
    May 11, 2020 | 2:54 pm

    The person that invited me is Dr. Harper. which is in the peachtree city Fayette team. It’s a group with full of business owner would like to get improve themself. During that time i would like to expand my network and I am really happy to have this chance to get into this group.
    I am already know I love this concept and apply in the first time when i got in. Powercore rocks!!!

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