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Central Referral Connection Brings Businesses Together Virtually During Pandemic

Posted by: Justin Freeman on Monday, July 13, 2020

Central Referral Connection (CRC) is a weekly business-to-business (B2B) networking and referral event that meets each Wednesday from 8:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. CRC will return to an in-person event at Golden Corral on August 5. The time in August will change to 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

Due to COVID-19, the event that was formerly held at Golden Corral in Rogers has recently been transitioned online to a virtual setting. However, this has not stopped networkers from logging in to share information about their business. CRC has averaged more than 35 people in attendance since moving to the new format at the beginning of April.

What They’re Saying
“I enjoy the group of like-minded business-people that come together to recognize and promote their business,” said Bill Shiohira of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services. “I have made many new contacts that have become good friends in the years that I have been attending. It is nice to know that if you have a business or personal need, you have CRC to help.”

Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce Account Executive Jacque Eakins leads the group, which is open to both Chamber members and non-members.

“It has been a pleasure being a part of Central Referral Connection,” Bankers Capital Funding President Philip Knight said. “I have cultivated many new referral partners and friends and have received great quality leads and customers because of my involvement. Jacque is a true professional and works hard to promote business among the members of the group. I would highly recommend CRC to anyone wanting to build their brand awareness, broaden their referral connections and close more business in Northwest Arkansas.”

Attendees are encouraged to donate door prizes that will be given away to members of the group in-person at a later date.

“CRC has not only increased my overall circle of business acquaintances, but I have been fortunate enough to spend time with many on a personal basis and build relationships forever,” said Sebrina Turner, Consumer Loan Advisor for Arvest Bank. “I love that CRC keeps you thinking outside the box for ways to present your business, ways that are appealing and fun to the public. I look forward to building more relationships.”

The July Central Referral Connection is Presented by Printova Signs, the Host Sponsor is Car Clinic, and the Virtual Sponsor is Golden Corral.

“CRC is an outstanding networking opportunity that you can attend weekly,” said Erica Vaughan, Director of Sales for Courtyard Hotel in Fayetteville. “I started going in 2017 and have now been attending weekly since then. Through CRC, I have built many business and personal relationships. It’s my favorite networking event, always a large crowd with new faces weekly so you have an opportunity every week to get your business in front of someone new.“

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