A Professional Leads Group – The LeTip Creed
“LeTip is a professional organization of men and women dedicated to the highest standards of competence and service. Our purpose is the exchange of business tips. Members will, at all times, maintain the highest professional integrity. Each business category is represented by one member and conflicts of interest are disallowed.”
Relationship Marketing at its Best
LeTip is successful partly because of its structure and largely because of the relationships that develop over time. For this reason, attendance is extremely important. You will observe a high degree of camaraderie in the group. This is a result of long-term relationships and of members committed to ethical business practices and excellent customer service. We get to know each other, we give business to each other, we grow together, we depend on each other and we deliver great products and services. It’s no wonder we develop lasting friendships as well.
Grow Your Business
The LeTip Gold Country Chapter is the premier networking leads group in Nevada County, California. Every year our members exchange hundreds of thousands of dollars in business leads. This number grows every year. That’s actual profit — money in our members’ pockets. How much would you like to grow your business?
LeTip Leads are Qualified
Casual groups don’t require their members to bring qualified leads to meetings. Such groups don’t require much else either… and that is what you will generally get back, not much! LeTip members clearly understand that finding leads and building trust takes time and they are willing to put in the effort. Then bottom line is, you want real referrals, from real people, who really need your product or service – not vague leads with unqualified information. LeTip members provide valid Tips!
Exchange valuable business tips which turns into $$$. Members work to provide you with qualified business leads. Members provide access to clients you would not otherwise be able to contact. There are no outside speakers. Members identify themselves and their product or service at each meeting. You will be able to display your product or service on a predetermined schedule. No conflicts of interest are allowed. Your competition can’t join once you’ve joined. Meetings begin at 11:31 am sharp and conclude by 1:01 pm sharp and are brief and to the point. An inspector from LeTip will visit and confirm your place of business. You must be voted on to become a member. The format LeTip has developed is over 37 years in creation. It works! Each Chapter has a Board of Directors. Every meeting is conducted from a specific format.
Gold Country LeTip Weekly Chapter Meeting
Meetings begin at 11:31 am sharp each Wednesday and concludes by 1:01 pm sharp and are brief and to the point.
We meet at Kane’s Family Restaurant at 120 East Main Street, Grass Valley, CA 95945. We meet in the banquet room.
LeTip meetings are structured to provide maximum exposure to each others’ businesses to encourage tips. Having a formal structure to our meeting has been proven to be effective in maximizing business exchange. A typical meeting goes as follows:
- Informal networking and greetings
- Call to order
- Pledge of Allegiance to the flag
- Reading of the LeTip creed
- Introduction of board members
- Introduction of guests
- Introduction of speakers
- Speakers present a 10 minute presentation
- Lunch is served
- Passing of business cards
- Passing of business tips
- Committee reports
- Lucky Devil
- Poker Folder
- 30 second commercial – Passing of the tip bucket
The initial membership fee is established by LeTip International, Inc. and is separate from the local chapter dues. As of 2011, the International membership fee is $325. The local chapter fee is $80. The quarterly dues for LeTip Gold Country Chapter are $180 which include the cost of lunch at the weekly meetings.
Each guest is required to attend two (2) meetings before an application can be accepted. An inspection of an applicant’s place of business is a requirement of acceptance.
It depends on the Chapter’s size. If the Chapter contains fewer than thirty (30) members, then a minimum of three (3) “NO” votes can permit the Chapter to deny membership. If there are more than thirty (30) members, then a minimum of 10% of the membership (tallied from the beginning of the quarter) voting “NO” is required to permit the Chapter to deny membership.
Dues are due the first week of each quarter. The treasurer will pro-rate new members’ dues when they join to get them on the Chapter’s cycle. The Board of Directors establishes the amount for LeTip Gold Country Chapter. There are NO paid positions or profits involved, only the actual costs.
The Membership Chairperson and your sponsor (if a chapter member) will call you the day you are voted into the Chapter. A letter from the President will follow to welcome you to LeTip Gold Country Chapter.
LeTip Gold Country Chapter will pay for the first one and the guest pays for their second visit ($16).
A Qualified Guest is a person whose occupation is not represented in the Chapter, and if permitted to join, would not be in conflict with any of the Chapter’s members. Guests are invited for two (2) meetings, and they must decide about joining at the second meeting.
Your fellow LeTip members are your business’ best references, as you are theirs. Member’s LOYALTY to each other explains why the best of LeTip chapters are so overwhelmingly successful and continue to grow every year. Support your SALES FORCE and they will support you.
To maintain your membership – four (4) tips per month are required. The real question is: How much business do you really want? You will be rewarded according to your ability to help others. Really! The more you tip, the more tips you will receive. It’s not a one-way street.
Members are asked to talk directly with other members about any problems that arise. Most of the time this will be an adequate solution. If the problem persists, contact the Ethics Chairperson. This is a person who is not on the Board of Directors and will assist you with the problem. Every issue is confidential and will be kept that way. The Ethics Chairperson will take steps as necessary to resolve the issue using specific guidelines set by LeTip International.
Members that sponsor a specified number of new members into LeTip receive a badge upgrade and a gift from LeTip International as a sign of our appreciation. Blue = 3 members; Silver = 10 members; Gold = 25 members; Platinum = 50 members. Our badge incentive program provides recognition for LOYALTY.
At each meeting every member receives 30 seconds to pass tips, pay fines, and do their commercial. Begin by informing fellow members – “This is the way you can best tip me”. Make it count.
The Program Chairperson sets a schedule for LeTip Gold Country Chapter so everyone has an opportunity as they join the group. The first week you Greet; second week you Speak; and the third week you are the Showboater.
Showboating allows each member to properly explain their business’ service and needs to fellow members. Each week’s Showboater is asked to arrive and set up their company’s display of products or services by 11:15 am. Making a real effort to “DISPLAY” your business will have an enormous impact on the amount of tips you receive from fellow members.
Ten (10) minutes when the Chapter has fewer than twenty (20) or fewer members. Eight (8) minutes when the Chapter has more than twenty (20) members. Many Speakers receive more than their average weekly tip count at this single meeting.
At the first monthly meeting, all members are asked to visit another member at their place of business for 20 minutes to 1/2 hour to learn about their business. At the third monthly meeting, you will give a commercial for that member when you receive the tip bucket. If for some reason, you didn’t visit that person, you personally hand that member five dollars at the meeting.
Only as specified by LeTip International, an alternate may attend six (6) times per year, and never more than two (2) consecutive meetings. That person must be a qualified substitute, not a secretary.
Towards the conclusion of our meeting we pass the tip bucket. Each member, in turn, stands up and gives a 30-second commercial about what they do and how best to tip them. They will announce the tips for other members they have brought, and drop in the yellow copy of the tip form and any financial obligations they may have. After they are finished the tip bucket is passed to the person on the left.
The answer is one of accountability. Fines are not meant to be punitive. Most of the fines LeTip imposes on its members are small and only serve as a reminder that you have certain obligations to your fellow members and your chapter as a whole. In actuality, fines only amount to $1.50 a month for most LeTip members.
Testimonials are a great way to tell other LeTip members about a great experience you have had from using a fellow member. Examples may include how great your carpets looked after the group’s carpet cleaner finished, or how happy your clients were with the group’s tax preparer that you referred them to. We want to give other members the confidence to pass tips knowing they will have a quality experience.