Small Business Networking
For Busy People
VIP Membership Terms of Service
Become a VIP and enjoy all the perks, including attending ALL of the networking events for free AND being able to promote in the group.
1. Free Access to all Virtual Networking Events hosted by Small Business Networking for Busy People
2. Promote your product or events or blog or freebie up to once a week
Please use the hashtag #SBNBP at the end to indicate you are a paid VIP member. All posts and comments MUST adhere to the group rules.
3. Apply to Host a webinar for FREE
You are welcome to share your knowledge with the group up to 2 times per 12 month period (let's try to spread them out and have them be roughly 6 months apart).
Feel free to offer your freebie at the end of your webinar as a way to ask for the participants' email addresses and connect with them. but consider this more of a training session than a sales pitch.
Webinars should be anywhere from 30-60 minutes long (this is a group for busy people, after all!) Topics should be within the group guidelines. No politics, no controversial subjects, no specific financial advice, no specific medical advice, no sports or celebrities, and nothing that could be considered dangerous, high hazard, libelous, or slanderous. Not all webinar topics or presenters may be accepted.
4. Apply to Be a Guest Speaker
This group is all about uplifting others and sharing our knowledge. You can apply to be a guest speaker at our networking events (and possibly other opportunities) based on scheduling and demand. Guest speaking may range anywhere from 5-20 minutes long - and we can discuss the topic ahead of time. Topics will be pre-approved by Christine McShane Creative and should be geared toward (you guessed it) small business owners and entrepreneurs. Not all guest speakers and/or topics will be accepted.
Again, topics should be within the group guidelines. No politics, no controversial subjects, no specific financial advice, no specific medical advice, no sports or celebrities, nothing illegal, and nothing that could be considered dangerous, high hazard, libelous, or slanderous. Not all webinar topics or presenters may be accepted.
5. Member Directory
There will be an online member directory of all the VIP members. This will include a very short profile/bio and a backlink to your website. You are responsible for providing accurate information for the member directory submission.
6. Spotlight on Social Media
You can get a special social media post and group spotlight too!
THE FINE PRINT (Don't skip over this part!)
By attending this Small Business Networking for Busy People as a VIP Member, you agree to the following:
- Maintain professionalism in the online forms, virtual events, or in-person events
- Treat all members, leaders, presenters, and participants respectfully
- Engage in other people's post!
- Abstain from controversial or political subjects in this group
- No pushy sales tactics (including but not limited to unsolicited DM's or emails)
- Keep everyone’s materials and discussions completely confidential
- Support all members (no harsh criticism, arguments).
- If you have an issue or a conflict with another individual or business, please resolve the conflict privately.
For Guest Speaking Opportunities, Webinars, Blog Posts, Spotlights, Promotions, Lives, Member Directory, Interview, Videos, Lives, Networking Events, or any other content in any form:
Not all guest speaking, webinar, blog posts, and other requests can be accommodated. It will depend on the volume of people who wish to speak and conduct webinars. It will also depend on your topic and how many people wish to speak on that particular topic. Christine McShane Creative will do the absolute best to accommodate everyone, but not every request may be honored. This is up to the sole discretion of Christine McShane Creative.
Politics, controversial issues, or anything that could be considered harassment, hate speech, or discrimination will not be accepted into the Small Business Networking for Busy People blog, webinars, speaking engagements, interviews, videos, or any other content. No politics, no controversial subjects, no specific financial advice, no specific medical advice, no sports or celebrities, gossip, and nothing that could be considered dangerous, high hazard, libelous, or slanderous. Christine McShane Creative can decline any content for any reason without recourse or compensation.
No refunds will be given in the case of a declined post, speaking opportunity, webinar request, or any other content in any other form.
Networking events will be held (on average) 1 per month. In cases of illnesses, emergencies, vacations, and other unforeseen issues, there may not be a networking event during a specific month.
Additional terms and conditions will apply and will be revealed as these benefits evolve.
This is intended to be a supportive and collaborative community. We are here to build each other up and help us all succeed!
- Be kind, courteous, respectful, supportive, and polite at all times. Keep all interactions positive. No negative comments about another person and/or business. No harassment publicly or privately. Only give constructive feedback when specifically asked to (not everyone welcomes unsolicited advice). Never contact another participant unless you have been invited to. If you have a problem with another person or business, please handle it privately. No "calling out" another person or business in this group.
- No politics, controversial or divisive issues, religious topics, "adult content"/erotica, topics around weapons, gossip (including sports or celebrity gossip), or high hazard advice (medical, legal, financial, or otherwise). All of these are considered inappropriate topics for this particular exchange of ideas, and off limits for the networking events, online forums, and guest speakers. CMC reserves the right to decline discussing and/or reviewing ANY additional topics and content.
- Keep everything confidential (do not share anyone's ideas or materials without express permission). Recording the sessions by anyone except CMC is expressly prohibited.
- All participants are responsible for their own words, comments, chat messages, actions, and advice given during this event, including yourself and the presenter.
- Please remember that these calls are designed to accommodate multiple people wherever possible. While a reasonable effort will be made by the session facilitator to give participants a chance to engage, nothing is guaranteed.Please keep your comments brief and on topic to make time for all participants.
If your behavior (words or actions) becomes inappropriate, break the rules and guidelines, or is considered disruptive and/or not conducive to the learning and sharing environment, your membership may be terminated.
If you make other participants, facilitators, administrators, and/or presenters feel uncomfortable on these calls, then this VIP membership may not be the best fit for you, and your membership may be terminated. In the event of a termination, no refunds are given
Christine McShane Creative reserves the right to terminate any membership for any reason, including (but not limited to) violating any of the Free group or VIP Member guidelines, causing any disruption within the group in any form, pushing sales on other members, using deceptive tactics to get other people to engage in a sales conversation, tearing down/insulting/badmouthing other people or businesses, being argumentative or dismissive, bringing up politics or controversial issues or other subjects that are not allowed, not contributing constructively to any conversation, or contributing to an unpleasant atmosphere in the group in any way.
In the case of termination, no refund will be given.
The Facebook group is NOT monitored 24x7. If you need help or support, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do NOT send Facebook messenger messages to the admins.
Benefits: Christine McShane Creative put together as many benefits as possible, but you understand and accept that the benefits may change over time due to popularity, changing platforms, new trends, limitations or obstacles, and/or different needs of the community and leadership. Benefits may change and are not specifically guaranteed.
You will be added to Christine McShane Creative's mailing list - you can unsubscribe at any time!
Rates and Automatic Renewals: This service will AUTOMATICALLY RENEW. You are responsible for keeping track of when it will renew.
Cancellation: Once you have subscribed, there are no full or partial refunds for the period that you have paid for.
If you wish to cancel your upcoming annual auto-renewal, the BEST way is to find your original subscription email (should have the subject line "Product Order" in it). The email will have a link at the very top that says "Change or Cancel Subscription" on it). This way, you know it's done and you will have confirmation. So please hang on to that email!
Christine McShane Creative reserves the right to change the rate in the future. IF the rate changes, you will be notified via email and you may be asked to resubscribe. In the event that the rate changes and you no longer want to participate under the new rate, please follow the cancellation procedure. Otherwise, no need to do anything - it will automatically renew for you!
If you need to have Christine McShane Creative cancel your auto-renewal manually foryou, please email email@example.com and put unsubscribe in the subject line. PLEASE email again if you do not specifically get a confirmation back from Christine McShane Creative because sometimes emails go to the spam folder.
If you want Christine McShane Creative to cancel the membership for you, you must cancel at least 18 days before your auto-renewal date to give Christine McShane Creative time to process it and send you a confirmation. It is YOUR responsibility to cancel before you auto renew. Otherwise, Christine McShane Creative cannot be held responsible if your membership auto-renews. Your best bet is to set a calendar reminder for next year so you don't miss it.
Participation in the Small Business Networking for Busy People does not guarantee any specific results. The success of your business depends on many things besides your content, including your pricing, your competition, the demand for your product and/or services, the quality of your products and/or services, and your reputation. Therefore, Christine McShane Creative does not guarantee that anything you hear, read, or learn in any aspect of Small Business Networking for Busy People will help you generate leads, traffic, followers, engagement, or sales.
You agree that Christine McShane Creative will not be held liable for the words and actions of other members and/or guest speakers or experts. There is no way for Christine McShane Creative to verify the truth or accuracy of any member's content, presentation, or conversation.
To the maximum extent permitted by law, Christine McShane Creative disclaims all warranties or guarantees regarding any aspect of Small Business Networking for Busy People.
Since you are the one who knows your business the best, you are responsible for making sure that all of your content is completely true and accurate, not misleading, totally legal, and does not violate any intellectual property rights, copyright, trademarks, any other rights of another person, business, organization, or entity, or the terms of service of any platform. You are liable for any claims arising from your content, presentation, comments, and/or participation.
Any and all materials and templates provided by Christine McShane Creative are copyright protected, and can not be distributed, shared, or sold to any third party without prior written consent (and possible fees).
Any and all materials and templates provided by guest experts or presenters may be copyright protected, and can not be distributed, shared, or sold to any third party without prior written consent (and possible fees).
Limitation of Liability:
The Small Business Networking For Busy People community is facilitated by Christine McShane Creative, a Division of Christine McShane Photography LLC. Christine McShane Creative will be held harmless and not liable for any direct and indirect damages to any participant’s person, equipment, business and/or brand as a result of any aspect of the Small Business Networking or Busy People community and its related activities and communications. In no event will CMC be liable to the Client for consequential or special damages. Notwithstanding any damages that Client may incur, CMC’s entire liability under this agreement, and Client’s exclusive remedy, will be limited to the amount paid by Client to CMC under this Agreement for all services rendered up until the termination date or cancellation date., whichever comes first.
Wherever “Christine McShane Photography LLC” or “Christine McShane Creative” or "CMC" is referenced in this email, it includes Christine McShane Photography LLC D/B/A Christine McShane Creative and all of its individual owners, resident agents, managers, members, employees, photographers, successors, heirs, assigns, agents, affiliates/partners, and legal representatives.
This Agreement will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the United States of America. All communications will be conducted in the English language.
The Facebook group is NOT monitored by the admin 24x7. Please use email for ALL communications regarding your membership, the Facebook group, and/or the events. The email address to use is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In general, business hours are Monday-Friday from 9am-4pm ET, excluding weekends and US holidays. You can expect a response within 72 hours, but there may be times when the admin is on vacation.
In the event that any of the provisions of this Agreement are held to be invalid or unenforceable in whole or in part, all other provisions will nevertheless continue to be valid and enforceable with the invalid or unenforceable parts severed from the remainder of this Agreement.
If a dispute arises out of this agreement that cannot be resolved by mutual consent, the parties agree to submit to binding arbitration before the American Arbitration Association (Commercial Arbitration and Mediation Center for the Americas Mediation and Arbitration Rules). Any judgment on the award rendered by the arbitrator may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof. Such arbitration shall be conducted by a single arbitrator. The sole remedy that can be awarded to Client, pursuant to the Fee Schedule of this Agreement, will be limited to the amount paid by Client to CMC under this Agreement.
By continuing as a member, you agree to ALL of these terms. This agreement with Christine McShane Photography LLC D/B/A Christine McShane Creative ("CMC") shall be binding upon you and your family, heirs, legal representatives, and assigns.
Christine McShane Creative
A Division of Christine McShane Photography LLC
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Westborough MA 01581
Updated November 2022