Sep 03, 2011 4:54 AM GMT
Im in this business group with about 18 people. Each of us in a category of business that would allow all of us to refer clients to each other. Im in finance, there is an attorney, insurance agent, real estate agent, plumber, home inspector etc. Was invited to join 3 years ago by the attorney who I was already networking with. Note I am the only gay person there but that never was an issue. I send me $365.00 for another year of membership but the VP calls saying the Membership Committee declined to renew me and I am out of the group, voted out by 3 on the membership comm. with no doubt influence by the new President who always refused to refer business to me. I enjoy the group, learn new ideas at our weekly meetings and regularly refer my clients to the insurance guy, home inspector and attorney. I have not received much in referrals this past 9 or 10 months but I enjoyed and learned from the group anyway. I suspect the homophobic President who is new, wants to give my spot to one of his friends. The issue is that a couple people in the group have emailed saying they will be happy to accept my referrals still. I like these guys actually but I can think of no good reason to refer them business now that their leader has declined to renew me and want to tell them that. Am I being petty , unreasonable or should I still give them business into their group even though their leader apparently finds no value in these referrals I give ? (BTW the reason I was dropped as I was told by the VP is that I was not receiving enough referrals and should not be there, even though I was giving them referrals). I was really hurt by all this because I like the group and like learning what they do at each weekly meeting in their own businesses.( I met a guy who built my website and a guy who videos my clients giving testimonials about me I have on my website. The group helped me a lot so I liked being there.) What to do ?