Twenty-five years is a good indicator that you are doing something right! In 2021, the Prince William Professional Networkers (PWPN) celebrates its 25th anniversary. AND, one of the founders, Jan Sutton, has been there the entire time to watch the group’s evolution in networking. She is the only remaining active founding member. However, 25 years later, she is still referring business to two of her fellow founders. Networking is the gift that keeps on giving.
The Prince William Professional Networkers group was established in August 1996 by four business owners who wanted to help each other grow their businesses and who shared a belief that word of mouth was the best form of marketing. They started out with 4 members, but quickly grew to 12 in 3 months’ time, and in two years, 31 members were participating in the group.
At the outset, the founders established a partnership with the (then) Prince William Greater Manassas Chamber of Commerce which has been sustained to the present day. Support of community and charitable events, and contributions to charitable organizations have also continued as part of PWPN’s operations. Regular social gatherings of members and their guests are sponsored. The culture of the group remains informal, cordial and supportive.
And did you know that the membership dues have not been raised for 25 years!!!
What We Do
Helping ourselves & our community
PWPN is an exceptional networking group. It has a set of rules, designated leadership positions, active committees, very reasonable dues, and structured weekly meetings. Members are recognized for their contributions. Group members provide leads and give referrals to grow each others’ businesses and educate other members on how to refer their services to prospective new clients. Members are encouraged to get together outside the meeting setting to learn about each others’ businesses and to gain the trust of fellow members.
Membership typically is 30 members and is limited to one person per occupation. The composition of the group changes on a regular basis. Typical representation includes financial, health and legal services, home renovation and decor, homeownership services, self-improvement, computer support, and multiple business services for both business to business and/or direct to consumers.
When you work with our members, you will see their pride, commitment and passion in their work. You will find that our members tend to connect and do more than is expected to make sure their clients are satisfied. By helping each other, we help ourselves and our community.
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Ready to grow your business with Prince William Professional Networkers (PWPN)?
We invite you to come to one of our weekly network meetings and learn about our organization. What are you waiting for? Kick-start your business and cultivate a sales powerhouse with some of Prince William County’s most knowledgeable and influential business leaders!
Frequently Asked Questions
When does PWPN meet?
PWPN meets every Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. for a networking meeting via Zoom and in-Person at IHOP – Manassas Mall. You are welcome to attend two meetings as a guest. Please contact any member if you are interested in attending a meeting.
Would I be competing for referrals?
No, there is only one of each type of business allowed in the group. Check our member list to see if your business is already represented.
What happens at a typical meeting?
The meeting starts with each member giving a brief (one minute) synopsis of their business. Each week, one member also gives a 10-minute presentation detailing their business, followed by a Q&A session. Then members pass referrals and network with each other. A typical meeting lasts one hour.
What does it cost?
The fee to join PWPN is pro-rate at $5.00 per month and a $25.00 one-time application fee. The yearly renewal fee is $60. A door prize gift valued at $25 or cash is required when you're the spotlight presenter for the week.