Our very own Chamber Ambassador, Robert Yates, has created an app for an entirely new way of networking and keeping up with your business contacts. In this week's B.I.T.S (Business In The Spotlight), he shares where he got the inspiration.
Follow App is the new, virtual Rolodex, except that Follow App takes it one step further, going everywhere your phone goes. Not only does it organize your contacts in ways that make access quick and simple (like industry, alphabetically, frequency of use, etc.) but it also makes reaching out and connecting to those contacts that much easier. The minute you enter a room, Follow App goes to work for you, circulating the room, connecting you to people you haven't even seen yet, and introducing YOU to the rest of the world!
Can you describe what your business offers? Follow App gives back our users’ frequently missed opportunities to connect with their next referral partner or client while attending networking events. Follow App helps professionals find the right connection to grow their business while keeping them safe in such uncertain times.
Can you talk about when/why you made the decision to start your own business? The idea sparked a year or so back, after attending a City Current breakfast with the Germantown Chamber. I left feeling as though I may have missed opportunities to network with the “right” person to grow my business. I always get so much from our events but can’t help but wonder if I overlooked something. Throughout this year of development, we realized our app is needed now more than ever. With the need to be safe in conflict with the need to connect, we believe Follow App can bring peace of mind to “business as usual.”
How long have you been in business? A little over a year in development, networking to build the right team, and quality product for the Chamber and their members. How does your business give back to the community? We will be giving back 10% to the Saving Lost Kids, an organization that is close to my heart.
Why did you choose Germantown for your business? In my opinion, Germantown is the most welcoming Chamber in the Midsouth. I felt at home the moment I walked into my first luncheon. The Chamber is truly about helping others and helping you grow your business. Ironically, so is the Follow App.
What are your biggest challenges as a business owner? The biggest challenge to date would be juggling work-life balance as a new business owner. It’s tough for me to find an off switch.
What are your biggest rewards as a business owner? Seeing the idea take shape and our vision come to fruition is the ultimate reward. Follow App is serving its purpose by helping business professionals grow their business while staying safe.
How has being a Chamber member helped your business? The Chamber has helped foster professional relationships to grow not only my business, but others as well through referrals.