Find a professional in our Energy groups to help you or your company! You can search using a specific person's name or line of business like Financial Advisor, Accountant, etc.
Current Energy Groups:
What Are Energy Groups?
Don't Miss The Year One Inter-Group Competition!
Kicking off in 2017, groups will compete against each other over the course of the year for prestige and prizes sponsored by PROPEL.
The winning group will be sent on a group trip. The trip will be funded with a minimum of $1,000, but could be as much as $3,000!
The leader (or representative) of the winning group will earn a seat on the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce Board.
Joining one of our Energy Groups is a great way to formalize and expand the networking that you already do! The groups consist of professionals that meet bi-weekly to discuss business, develop professionally, pass along referrals, and build long-term mutual beneficial relationships. PROPEL helps the groups by providing the tools to track attendance, setting up 1 on 1 meetings, organizing non-business related outings, facilitating referrals, and other non sales related asks (such as "I need help meeting an accountant). PROPEL also hosts inter-group mixers, a year-long competition with a prize package, and support for forming and developing a group.
These groups have been compared to a nonprofit, young professional version of Business Networking International (BNI). However, these groups DO NOT have the intense pressure to pass referrals and will place more emphasis on developing long-term business and social relationships; PROPEL and Energy believe that career success and referrals are a byproduct of these characteristics. The groups contain both sales and non-sales focused professionals; so a financial advisor, a marketing professional, a dentist, and a general contractor can all interact on the same stage!
PROPEL And The Energy Groups Requirements:
- To be in an Energy Group, you must also be a PROPEL member.
- Energy Groups can leverage PROPEL's resources to attract better speakers, secure venues, leverage wider networks, and pool resources.
- PROPEL helps coordinate intergroup competitions and get-togethers. For example, PROPEL is sponsoring prizes for a Inter-Group competition and has proposed other team building activities such as intergroup Kick-Ball league, golf scrambles, etc.
- PROPEL will help group fill empty seats in order to expands the group's impact.
- PROPEL will provide the tools to track group member participation and group success.
- PROPEL will provide support to help the groups form and develop.
How To Get Started:
To get in involved with Energy you can either start a new group or join an existing group. If you already have a group of 6-15 individuals in mind, starting your own group is the best path. You can also join an existing group that is looking for an individual with your background.
Step 1: Decide if you want to start a group or join a group.
Step 2: Fill out the form on the right.
Step 3: A representative from PROPEL will contact your to either schedule a meeting to discuss how to start a group, or introduce you to an existing energy group.
Join Or Start A Group!
Energy Group Frequently Asked Questions:
Where do the groups meet?
Groups meet at local businesses or member offices. The venue typically depends on the agenda of the meeting, but could be local coffee shop, a conference room at a members office, or a meeting space at Kaplan's South Portland campus.
When do groups meet?
Groups meet first thing in morning, twice a month. Meetings generally start between 7:00am and 9:00am and last for 1 hour.
What is a my responsibility to the group?
When you join a group, it is your responsibility to show up at meetings, stay attentive, and do your best to engage. However, if the group is not a good fit, we encourage you to try a different one.
Does it cost money to join a group?
Yes, joining a group costs $100, which is not due until your 4th meeting. This fee is meant to drive participation and commitment to the group. If you cannot afford this fee, you can contact PROPEL to learn about receiving a scholarship.
What happens at a typical meeting?
7:00 (15 minutes): One by one, members will either practice a 60 second elevator pitch or take 60 seconds to tell the group about their current project(s) or what they need to succeed that week.
7:15 (15 Minutes): A member delivers a 15 minute presentation about their business or current project.
7:30 (10 minutes): Questions and feedback on the presentation.
7:40 (15 Minutes): Members discuss current trends, news and upcoming events in Greater Portland, Maine.
7:55 (5 Minutes): Time and place of next meeting is confirmed and members can elect to attend an upcoming event as a team.
8:00: Meeting adjourns.