Q: Can anyone join?
A:We only take one person per professional specialty. So if you are a residential real estate person and we already have one, you can not join. Of course, if you are a commercial real estate person, you could be eligible to join.
Q: How do you know new members are reputable?
A: The application asks for references and we have a membership committee that checks them. It’s word of mouth, so before they even come to a meeting they have to have spoken to someone or been invited by someone in the group. Everyone has to have a sponsor, or one is assigned to them, and they interview them.
Q: What if a member gets a referral and does poor work?
A: It is imperative that anyone who gives a lead and finds out it was not satisfactorily handled must report that to the leadership team, who will investigate.
Q: What occupations benefit the most from networking?
A: It is not the occupation, it is the individual. The occupation can be anything. If you’re focused and you have a dream and you’re willing to make a sacrifice, you are the person we want in the group.
Q: Are members supposed to bring visitors?
A: You’re encouraged to bring visitors for those occupations that are open, after the visitor has been pre-screened, if they’re a viable candidate. It’s pretty much a closed meeting except for potential members.
Q: Do ethical rules for certain professions prohibit participation?
A: We understands the importance of the ethical concerns governing certain professions and acknowledges that rules can differ by location. As such, we require members to uphold the rules of its profession so as not to violate the professional’s ethical obligations. In the event that our general rules could potentially violate a professional’s ethical code, our rules are superseded by the dictates of the professional’s ethics’ code. Significantly, a primary objective is to educate its membership in ways to market and grow business. It is our intent to ensure that this is permitted.
Q: If I specialize in a field within my profession, am I expected to be an expert in all aspects of my profession?
A: We understands that many professions are broad and that people often specialize within their profession. We do not expect, nor do we encourage, any professional to participate in an area in which the professional does not have expertise. On the contrary, we prohibit professionals from acting outside of the scope of their abilities.
Q: My profession does not let me directly solicit business. Is CCNG still right for me?