PRO – Professional Referrals Oregon
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If you have already visited us, and want to become a member, please fill out the PRO-member-application.
Professional Referrals Oregon (PRO) is an organization established to increase the businesses of its members through forming professional relationships and sharing qualified referrals.
PRO was formed in April of 2007 by a group of individuals who had previously been members of another networking group which was disbanded. These individuals wanted to continue to meet and improve upon the policies and procedures experienced with their previous group. They believed a strong, healthy organization could be formed without paying a large fee to join. It was determined by majority vote to continue meeting as an un-affiliated, closed, business networking group, now known as Professional Referrals Oregon (PRO.)
What Members Should Expect of PRO:
We are a tightly knit group who are willing to exchange qualified referrals with one another. As a member, we are willing to get to know you in and outside of the meetings. We will offer advice and will always maintain a positive attitude. Any referrals shared will be contacted in a timely manner, and will be given superior service.
What We Expect of Our Members:
We are looking for individuals who are interested in and value a closed networking group. We expect PRO members to be members of no other closed networking group. Conversely, members are encouraged to be part of other open networking groups. We expect our members to attend the meetings regularly, to participate and share referrals often, and to follow up in a timely manner with all referrals received. Members should be available to meet with other members outside of meeting time to get together on a one-to-one basis (we call this a coffee-break or one to one meeting.) Members are encouraged to bring guests to the meetings who might be a good fit and interested in joining our organization.
Our expectation is that members attempt to attend every meeting. If unable to attend, we request that members try to send a substitute in their place. The substitute will be allowed to represent the member’s business during the member minute portion of our meeting. They will also be allowed to represent their own as long as it does not conflict with one of our member’s businesses. If the substitute does not have a business of their own to represent, they will simply represent the member for which they are substituting. The reason that we offer and support this practice is that: 1) the member’s business is still represented, and 2) it demonstrates commitment to the group. There is a $1 fee for any absences that the member does not send a substitute.
A maximum of six unexcused absences per year will be allowed. After four absences you will receive a call from the leadership. After six, the position will no longer be held open, and will be available for someone else to fill.
Note: If you must miss a meeting, you are strongly encouraged to send someone to substitute on your behalf. If you send a substitute, the absence is considered excused.
Defining Open vs. Closed groups
A closed group (like PRO) allows only one person to represent each profession. The main motivation for the meeting is to share referrals. When a member is the only person representing their profession, there’s no conflict in the group. Open groups allow multiple persons from the same profession to join. Examples of open groups include: Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, Home Builder’s Association, etc.