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Business 400 moves on campus
Group networks at Lanier Tech's center
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Business 400's meeting Tuesday drew a large crowd to the Lanier Technical College Forsyth Conference Center, where the group will gather monthly. - photo by Jennifer Sami

 

Business 400 is changing locations with the new year.

Since the networking organization’s first meeting in April 2009, the Metropolitan Club in Alpharetta had always been the venue.

“It was time to transition,” said Ron Dinsmore, the organization's founder and president.

Tuesday’s monthly meeting, which was at the Lanier Technical College Forsyth Conference Center, was the first held in Forsyth County.

“We had really wanted to come farther north and support Forsyth County because 85 percent of our attendees at the Met Club were from this county,” Dinsmore said. “So we have a one-year contract here.

"It’s a better layout for us and what we do ... the functionality of this conference center is great for networking.”

It worked out well for John Ibaugh, general manager at Allgood Pest Solutions in Cumming.

Ibaugh has been attending Business 400 meetings since the group formed. Now that he’s “two minutes away” from the new venue, he'll enjoy the meetings even more.

“Business 400 has been the most professional networking group that I’ve been associated with,” he said. “People are here in the true spirit of networking. It’s not just a social event. People are here to help each other get business.”

Ibaugh wasn’t alone as more than 200 people gathered in the college's conference center to visit and take in the new facility, which opened in October.

Among them was Dillard’s at North Point Mall representative Bill Sheasby, who said he’s been to nearly all of the organization's monthly meetings.

“It’s just exposure, and I think that’s one of the things that keeps happening,” he said. “It’s taken us a while, but the referrals have come nicely.

“We wind up knowing somebody and that somebody knows somebody and they give them a card ... you really get to know these people and people do business with people they know.”

Business 400 is about 200 members strong, Dinsmore said.

With the new event location, he is hoping to grow and get more exposure for Forsyth and other communities along the Ga. 400 corridor.

“My goal is to fill up all 14,000 square feet of this center," he said. "We’re already filling up 7,000 pretty well.

“We’re also looking down toward Buckhead so we can run the gamut of the Ga. 400 corridor ... but I’m always going to be in Forsyth County and probably will be here for years.”