• Elgin Area Referral Network
  • Elgin Area Referral Network - E.A.R.N.

    What is E.A.R.N.?

    E.A.R.N. lead groups consist of owners and sales professionals from non-competitive industries. The groups provide its members with the opportunity to learn from experts, to be part of a support community of like-minded peers, to forge partnerships, and — especially if you’re a B2B business — find and share leads.

  • What are the benefits of being in a leads group?

    A leads group is a valuable resource to expand your knowledge, learn from the success of others, attain new clients and tell others about your business. Following are the core benefits of our E.A.R.N. groups:

    • Professional Development
      Perfect your sales presentations, speaking skills, marketing plans, selling techniques and many other skills. By capitalizing on the varied abilities of your peers you will become more polished and greater able to achieve results.
    • Strategic Partnerships
      Focus on uncovering and identifying your power partners. History has proven this process to be a quick and meaningful way to build relationships. Members of the group will help you discover and meet individuals with similar customers, needs and values.
    • Social Capital
      Form business friendships that will last for years.
    • Referrals
      Engage in giving and receiving business. As the most sought-after benefit of each Referral group, receiving referrals cannot be rushed. Meaningful referrals are rarely exchanged without an investment in professional development and personal capital, which is why joining a Referral group will place you on a better path to success.
  • Is there a fee to be part of the groups?

    Yes, an annual fee of $50 and you must be, and remain, a member of the Elgin Area Chamber in good standing.

  • We're so proud to be a member of this community, and enormously appreciative of the hard work the chamber has done to help local businesses. You're an invaluable resource, and one we're thankful for! - Midwest Bone & Joint Institute 

    You are doing a GREAT JOB supporting local business. Your proactive communication and support is REALLY APPRECIATED. 

    Thank You!!
    Jenny Redisi,
    Cafe Roma 

    I learned so much about how to build my business from the ground up from business owners who presented to the Elgin Area Chamber’s Small Business Academy, along with incredible networking. Thank you, EAC!

    Amanda Garcia, Principal                  ColorWord Creative


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    “It’s difficult to make time for professional development when you're focused on making connections with fellow business professionals. The Elgin Area Chamber’s E.A.R.N Groups made it easy for me to accomplish both.”

    – Mike Storey, Beckatt Solutions
    Member Since 2014