The Bourbonnais Business Club has around twenty local entrepreneurs. Every two weeks they meet to cultivate their network, exchange business, but not only.
It is economy, withthe human”In value number 1. We spent an evening at the Bourbonnais Business Club, a club that brings together about twenty entrepreneurs from Moulins: every two weeks they spend two hours exchanging skills, advising talents, proposing services. Some will say “doing business“, But in reality the word is not quite appropriate.
People, precious capital
It is much more: that evening, seeing them laugh seriously, sometimes around a table, sometimes around an aperitif, we were pleased to see that Covid had not killed the essential in a community: the idea that we are together stronger and stronger.
United around common values, these business leaders had the good idea of believing that you have to bet on your neighbor to be successful. Clearly, life is give and take; and the more you give, the more you receive. For one evening we too laughed a lot at Sébastien Lavilla’s jokes, we did some communication for our newspaper, and – when we went out – we said to ourselves that nothing would last better than the good old business where we meet, we talk to each other and we listen to each other.
Not like the BNI
Anyone who wants to join the “BBC” just needs to know how to knock on the right door. Enter only the one recommended or invited by a member. “But actually, signing up is quite simple, just contact a member“, Shade Pascal Chazalmartin, insurer and president of the club. In other words, all you have to do is dare to ask. The only constraint of the team “,we avoid integrating the same professions into the group otherwise it makes no sense“. The integration is subject to the vote of all members. “Now we want to open up to other professions“. The BBC is looking to expand.
How does it work?
The group is made up of a core of followers, all of whom have become friends. Together, they decided a year ago to leave another club, BNI. “It was just a little too much business and not human enough for us“, Explains Pascal Chazalmartin. Compared to the BNI, which has become a great national machine, the BBC has reduced the admission ticket to 500 euros a year “to pay for the catering and a little extra at the exit – we are not here to bring numbers, we are here to build together“. Mandatory attendance at meetings. “When we commit ourselves, we commit ourselves, it is also an important value “.
The evenings are held once every two weeks, in the evening from 19:00. Next meeting on 6 October where the planned General Assembly will be held. At each meeting, the group has its own ritual. First, each represents himself or presents something new. So, place to the guest. The group then exchanges its recommendations, first – an important moment – to conclude on the “Thank you“. Always with this principle in mind, the giver will receive.
It is often said that the good health of a local economy is recognized by its network of entrepreneurs and above all by their desire to work together. Seeing them work together, you think Moulins has his lucky stars.
Julie Moames (Chronos Interim), François Legrand (Novobati), Frédéric Lerif (SARL Lerif), Sébastien Desjours (Allier Cheminée), Bruno Merlin (Ets Merlin), Jean-Emmanuel Goujon (Ets Goujon-Lallemand), Renaud Bournat (Pierre & Chaux en Bourbonnais), Thomas Coussement (CHR Boisson), Isabelle Poillot (IP Conseil), Christine Ducelier (SARL Ducelier), Dominique Maurel (Joly informatis), Pascal Seguin (CIC), Laurent Mathieu (Cognet SAS), Soung-Ho Park (Architect indt), Christian Rousseau (SARL Noiselier-Rousseau), Sébastien Lavilla (CopieFax), Sébastien Cartelier (VVS-Security), Pierre Antoine (Caséo) and Pascal Chazalmartin (Gan).