I see the next meeting of NCTC is a Technology and Toast on Thursday, June 12, 2008, at 7:00 AM. I notice that it’s sponsored by Schultz-Creehan, inc., a member company of business accelerator VT KnowledgeWorks.
I’ve signed up and I look forward to hearing Chris Cornelius speak about the Institute for Critical and Applied Science (ICTAS) at Virginia Tech. I’ve heard ICTAS is amazing!
Can you give me three reasons why I should stop lurking as a non-member at NCTC events–and paying the non-member fee for each–and go ahead and join?
I’m glad you asked.
The way I see it, companies join for either or both of two reasons: a) they feel like the NCTC is doing good work that is necessary for the region or b) a tangible membership benefit.
Our members like the group of people involved with the NCTC, our events, and NCTC’s ability to bring people together. At our core, that’s what we are, a membership networking group to help spur innovation and technology growth in this region. Time becomes the biggest obstacle because these are busy people. So, we try to host good events that make good use of their time.
Awareness is a big issue for some of our small tech companies – not only outside the region, but within the region and even within our membership. We have companies involved in many different kinds of technology, so they don’t necessarily all know each other, but we need to know each other. We need to know how we can help each other so we can leverage our collective knowledge, learn from each other, and in the process, help ourselves.
So, if you’d like a bulleted list on why to join NCTC:
- Unbeatable networking with regional technology leaders
- Sharing knowledge among our technology professionals and entrepreneurs
- Generation of awareness of your company for collaboration, marketing, and recruiting purposes
We’re also involved in efforts to recruit knowledge workers to the region and will soon launch a technology job board on our website. The job board will be a tangible member benefit, but our overall efforts will have a positive impact on the entire region, regardless of membership status.