Think LOCAL! Testimonials

Think Local Community Networking has been a great way for me to get to know business owners in the area. It has allowed me to see what is going on in the business community and make great friendships. My business would not be the same without Think LOCAL!

Jake Mills 
U.S. Cellular
Retail Wireless Business Consultant

“I have loved connecting with others through Think Local. As a business owner, we have done surveys to see how most people hear about us and 80% is by word of mouth and the experience they have at our shop. Building relationships is key in any business and its ability to grow and truly caring about people throughout life, not just after a sale. Think Local allows business owners to build that relationship that empowers people confidently to refer others businesses.
In gratitude and appreciation”

Betty Reynolds
Big Moose Harley-Davidson
375 Riverside Street
Portland, Maine 04103

“I enjoy attending the Think Local Meetings each week ( I belong to two different groups) and find them to be very helpful in spreading the word about the high quality in-home care services provided by Advantage Home Care for elderly clients who want to remain at home but need assistance to do so.. Think Local members have also been a good source for employees as well since we are always recruiting additional caregivers for my staff. Interested families can learn more about my services or by calling us directly at 207-699-2570.”

Richard Blumenthal, CSAd
Certified Senior Advisor & President/Owner
Advantage Home Care LLC
550 Forest Ave Suite 206
Portland, Maine 04101

“I have a constant flow of business because of Think Local Community Networking, building real and lasting relationships through our weekly Chapters. There are multiple area meetings so, together with my business partners, we have been able to build a strong, positive presence from Waterville, Maine to Dover, NH.”

Nola Fennessy, LegalShield 
Regional Vice President & Independent Associate

“As a fee-only financial planner, I have the unique situation of having to send my clients to other professionals who assist them in carrying out my recommendations. My fiduciary obligation prevents me from recommending anything in which I personally benefit, thus I must find other professionals to provide these services to my clients. Think Local! has been instrumental in the building of my practice, as I have met many of the people I now recommend for those tasks.”

Eric Simonds, MsFP, Saltwater Harbor Financial

“I regularly attend the Think Local Freeport meeting, and have built up great business referral partners as well as lifelong friends. I love that multiple people of the same industry can be involved. Most often, the ‘duplicates’ end up complementing each other, rather than being in conflict. I also love that people have the option to only come once a month, or once a week, or whenever they can make it. Keep up the good work!”

Jane Tuttle 
Business Ownership Coach
The Entrepreneur’s Source

“What a great event I attended this month at the Health Source of Portland West! I was networking with many professionals, won a prize, and have been invited to do Dr. Sears L.E.A.N. Workshops. Thank you Think Local Community Networking! It’s been great meeting new people and building business relationships!”

Natalia Irving
Certified L.E.A.N. Health Coach,
Juice Plus+ Franchise Owner

“I was new to Maine and looking for a job in sales. I had no luck sending out my resume so when I learned about the Think Localnetwork events I attended as many as I could, letting everyone know that I was looking for a sales position. After just a few meetings, a recruiter came up to me and told me about a position he had available with a local newspaper company. He arranged an interview and within a few weeks I was hired! I am very grateful for Think Local Community Networking and the friendship and support I have received.”

Nancy E Hon
Financial Professional Associate
Prudential Financial

“Your hard work and passion with Think Local has paid off over the past four years and inspired many others to connect, take a leap and to live their passions in pursuing their goals!!! Keep up the great work!!!”
Caron Bryan 
Port City Models & Talent, Inc.

“Dear Family & Friends, The Bounty of Blessings continue. It was an overwhelming honor to be the featured presenter at theThink Local 4th Year Celebration. This inspirational speaker was inspired by the commitment, passion, and professional of local entrepreneurs doing their best to grow their dreams and serve our communities. Capacity attendance included business leaders from Maine and New Hampshire. The final ovation led to numerous inquiries for follow-up seminars in Maine and beyond. I told them: Have Message-Will Travel. Many thanks to “Think Local” for providing a platform to encourage and support civic-minded business leaders. Photo: 1-Jeff Ball & JJ, 2-JJ Keynote, 3-Enthalled Gathering, 4-Displaying Maine Boomers Newspaper (my business card), 5-Caron Bryan-Port City Models & Talent, 6-Celebration Cake, 7-Think Local Leadership Team. Thank you one and all for this exceptional opportunity to share a few words of inspiration.”
John Jenkins
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“Just a short note to thank you for your efforts in launching Think LOCAL! in locations across the state. You are as passionate aboutThink LOCAL! as I am about my business. Just want you to know that you are appreciated by all of us businesses owners who are enjoying the benefits of this networking forum.”
Margaret Helmuth
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Think Local Community Networking is a wonderful group with a good idea. It will grow and be strong! Already people are benefiting from it in the Bangor area.”
April 2013
Robin Aston

“I found a group of highly motivated individuals keen to develop meaningful professional relationships in a time when networking is often seen as a computer based activity only. Think Local has found a true purpose and has grown its membership by a factor of two, to over 1,000 members in the last six months. It will be fascinating to see how Think Local grows as more people realize the value of this unique organization.”
David Back
Cape Elizabeth

“Thanks for such a great event this month and EVERY month! You are doing so much for Southern Maine’s businesses and nonprofits!”
Nola Fennessy 

“One of my biggest 2012 highlights was the friends I’ve met through Think LOCAL! – I cannot thank you enough. Think LOCAL! has provided me a venue that give me peace and joy while doing business.”
Karen Vachon
Insphere Insurance Solutions

“Regularly attending Think LOCAL! meetings has been one of the best business decisions I could make. The connections I have made have been invaluable to me. The people in the group really care about each other and have made many referrals on my behalf. I can’t thank them enough.”
Colby Colarossi 
ADP Payroll

“Jeff, Thanks MUCH for this VERY IMPORTANT information! May I please register to attend the Business Mixer? I met an employer at last week’s FANTASTIC Think LOCAL Community Networking event! I am optimistic that I will be hired by this employer! I am VERY GRATEFUL to you!”
William Carmichael
Member, Think LOCAL!

“A few snowstorms ago, through Think LOCAL! you posted an invitation for folks to go help Time4Printing move. I went and had a blast! Met Michelle while I was there. Yesterday, she interviewed me for an article she’s writing for the Eagle — watch for me next week. And scheduled me to speak at her son’s Boy Scout meeting in another few weeks. I love synergistic success! Thanks for posting that volunteer opportunity.”
Rita Losse
Small Group & Employee Benefits Specialist

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