Eric Norberg has been a member of AHB for years. After decades as an employee, he has been operating home businesses since 1981, and has done so fulltime since 1990. Eric wanted the support of others doing the same thing, and the opportunity to network regularly with others building their own businesses while working from home. He says he finds AHB a congenial and educational experience which he looks forward to each month. “It really fills a need,” he says.
It is great to have a group that is about the personal relationships and support for building a business. AHB is just that. No pressures for ‘leads’ or ‘referrals’ but simply the true belief in providing the information and resources to build a business as the individual sees their vision. Great community and great people are the hallmarks of AHB and the benefits are in the speakers’ slate as well as the interactive style during our education hour, the wonderful meal is just icing on the cake. Having friends and colleagues that understand the ups and downs of a home-based business is the reason I joined and my positive experiences over the last few years is why I have stayed~ Mark Ripkey
As treasurer, Robb Hatley helps set up the meeting room, greets guests, collects entry fees during our third Thursday meeting. And on the first Thursday of the month, he presents AHB’s financial report at the board meeting.
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Located in: Portland, Oregon
“In 2007, shortly after arriving in Portland I wound up finding the Association of Home Businesses after reading an article in ‘The Bee’ newspaper. Since moving to the Sellwood neighborhood I had arrived smack in the middle of the economic downturn. “Home Business Ownership”? Entrepreneurship? I was a surprised participant and not quite sure of a strategy for moving forward.
So, I created a brochure to take with me to the October 2007 meeting. (By the way, this brochure and it’s contents has a way of sneaking into Eric Norberg’s introduction of Zoe during meetings) Having NEVER done any public speaking and arriving from a support services background, I didn’t anticipate the ‘elevator speech”: standing up in front of an audience of strangers and telling them about my business. Despite my lack of knowledge of the inner workings of a networking event, I was immediately encouraged, welcomed and left the meeting having met many new acquaintances.
Discovering I had skills that simplified re-careering I dove in head first, observing, learning, and applying what I learned during the meetings. Those skills were honed each time I gave a presentation to the group, creating new possibilities and adding more items to my service offerings.
I’ve had many growing pains with my business over the years but joining the Association of Home Business has been a constant. With the ever present support of the organization, I’ve overcome my ‘elevator speech’ stage fright, been mentored, encouraged, and learned to relish the rewards of being a home business owner. I owe so much of my personal success to this fine group of entrepreneurs.”~ Zoe Morrison