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MERCHANTS: Refer Local Overview and Upcoming Meetings

Refer Local is a monthly referral networking meeting for GO LOCAL members, supporting our mission of economic development marketing through relationship building and local patronage. Get to know your fellow GO LOCAL business members and gain new customers!

Aug. 14, 2017

Refer Local meetings are open to GO LOCAL business and organization members. Guests are welcome to attend a meeting to check it out and consider becoming a member.


Lunchtime Meetings: 2nd Fridays, 12-1:30pm

Please RSVP to for the upcoming meeting so we can best plan seating.

November 10, 2017: Steele & Hops Public House, 1901 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa

Lunch meeting is in back dining area. Attendees pay their own lunch tab.

Featured Member: Alicia Sanchez, KBBF Radio

Featured Member: Cynthia Calmenson, Integrative Medical Clinic Foundation 

December 8, 2017: Wilibees Wines & Spirits, 700 Third Street, Santa Rosa
Lunch meeting is in back area. Attendees can order and pay for their own lunch at Wilibees deli.
Featured Member: Barbara Oldershaw, Solar Works
Social Media Tips: Jula Pereira, On Time Social - Jula will share insightful social media tips to help build your visibility and increase profit for your business.
January 12, 2018: McNear's Dining Hall & Saloon, 23 Petaluma Blvd, Petaluma
Lunch meeting is in upstairs dining area. Attendees pay their own lunch tab directly to the restaurant.
Featured Member: Jenny Belway, Healdsburg Lumber & Hudson St Design
Featured Member: Flash Welch, Thunder Proactive Consultations
  February 9, 2018: La Vera Pizza, 629 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa
Lunch meeting is in upstairs dining area. Attendees pay their own lunch tab directly to the restaurant.
Featured Member: Julie Montgomery, Kindred Fair Trade Handcrafts
Featured Member: Gillian Squirrell, Square Cube Consulting
 March 9, 2018: Location TBA
Featured Member: Merrilee Olson, Preserve Farm Kitchens
Featured Member: TBA

What is Refer Local? 

Refer Local is a program of monthly referral networking meetings for the members of Sonoma County GO LOCAL Co-op.

Mission: Refer Local provides structured networking opportunities, a referral framework and various tools that enable GO LOCAL business members to give, receive, and track quality referrals in order to increase profits and customers. The program is based on the spirit of working together to strengthen the community through economic partnerships. Participants provide their energy and expertise to help keep our dollars local.

Why participate?

Refer Local provides a social format for GO LOCAL businesses to work together to share and gain customers, which in turn helps strengthen the local economy.

Who can participate?

Membership in Refer Local is for GO LOCAL business or organization members. Interested business persons can also attend on their own as a guest.

Guests: Refer Local members are welcome to bring guests to a meeting, including non-members. The guest must become a GO LOCAL business member to attend Refer Local regularly

New Members: All participants are encouraged to solicit new members into the program and into GO LOCAL. 

Group Makeup: There is no restriction on the number of businesses from the same industry.

What are the meetings like?

The agenda for the meetings is generally as follows:

  • Informal networking - at beginning, when lunch is served, and at end
  • Introductions by attendee and host - 20 minutes
  • Member Spotlight(s) - 10-20 minutes
  • GO LOCAL updates - 10 minutes


10-Minute Member Spotlight : A GO LOCAL member will be featured at each meeting. This member may present to the group about themselves and their business, including time for Q&A. Spotlighted members are encouraged to bring a raffle prize for attendees.




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