Orange County Chamber Business Watch – Ambassador Spotlight on Eric Egeland
I volunteered to be an Ambassador for the Orange County Chamber of Commerce for two reasons: I wanted to give back to the Chamber by helping their members while I still had free time, and I wanted to share my passion for what the Chamber can do for all its members.
Both of these reasons go back to the root of what the Chamber did for my company, Capacity Business Consulting. I had been traveling nationally for quite a few years and wanted to try and make Capacity work on a local level. On January 1, 2012, I started planning, doing my financial projections and marketing “Capacity local.” On February 15, I walked into the Chamber to join, simply to get health insurance.
That day was my first sip of Orange Chamber Coolaid. Their Director of Membership Investment Cheryl Cohen asked me what Capacity did and gave me a referral right then and there for a local business that needed our help. That was the best return on an investment I have ever seen! I started showing up at events and as a new member got the attention of the entire staff who helped with introductions, public relations, etc.
I learned very quickly that President John D’Ambrosio’s famous saying of “half the battle is showing up” was indeed true. I showed up at breakfasts, meetings and mixers, and found this incredibly friendly and open culture of businesses looking to network and help each other make money. Seventy-two percent of my business comes from networking and over half of that comes directly from the Orange County Chamber. We made a profit in our first local year and are right on track to triple in 2013. We are expanding both geographically and internally by adding business development consultants and research analysts. Success simply would not have come this fast if it wasn’t for the Orange County Chamber of Commerce.
You’re absolutely crazy if you are not an active member. I truly believe that and it’s why I am an Ambassador.
Capacity Business Consulting is a management consulting firm that helps businesses solve problems, improve, start, and even sell using proven methodologies instead of intuition and luck. Strategic target marketing, feasibility studies, and funding preparation like TV’s Shark Tank are some examples of what we do. We have 100% customer satisfaction ratio and 80% of our business comes from referrals. We are the secret weapon for our clients. Visit us at www.CapacityBusinessConsulting.com.