The Bourbonnais Business Club has about twenty local business leaders. Every two weeks they come together to cultivate their network, exchange business, but not alone.
It’s economy, withHuman” in value number 1. We spent an evening at the Bourbonnais Business Club, a club that brings together about twenty business leaders from Moulins: every two weeks they spend two hours exchanging skills, recommending talents, proposing services. Some will say “that they do business“, but in reality the word is not really appropriate.
People, precious capital
It’s much more than that: when we saw them laughing in earnest that night, sometimes around a table, sometimes around an aperitif, we were delighted to see that Covid hadn’t killed what was essential in a community: the idea that we were together always be stronger.
United around common values, these business leaders had the good idea to believe that you have to bet on your neighbor to succeed. Life is clearly give and take; and the more you give, the more you receive. One evening we also laughed a lot at Sébastien Lavilla’s jokes, we communicated a bit for our newspaper and – when we came out – we said to ourselves that nothing would resist better than the good old thing where we see , we talk to each other and we listen to each other.
Not like the GNI
Anyone wanting to join the “BBC” just needs to know how to knock on the right door. Only enter the one recommended or invited by a member. “But actually it is quite easy to become a member, just contact a memberPascal Chazalmartin, insurer and president of the club, nuances. In other words, all you have to do is dare to ask. Any limitation of the team, “we avoid integrating the same professions into the group otherwise it makes no sense“. Integration is subject to a vote of all members. “We now want to open up to other professions“. The BBC wants to expand.
How it works?
The group consists of a core of followers, who have all become friends. Together they decided a year ago to leave another club, the BNI. “It was just a bit too corporate and not human enough for usexplains Pascal Chazalmartin. Compared to the GNI, which has become a great national machine, the BBC has reduced the entrance fee to €500 per year.”to pay the caterer and a little extra at the exit – we’re not here to bring in numbers, we’re here to build together“. Mandatory attendance at meetings. “When we commit, we commit, it is also an important value”.
The evenings take place once every two weeks, in the evenings from 7 p.m. Next meeting on 6 October where the planned General Meeting will be held. At each meeting, the group has its ritual. First, everyone introduces themselves, or presents something new. Then place with the guest. The group then exchanges its recommendations, before ending – in a key moment – on the “With thanks“. Always with this principle in mind, the one who gives will receive.
It is often said that the good health of a local economy is recognized by the network of business leaders and above all by their desire to work together. Seeing them working together makes you think Moulins has its lucky stars.
Julie Moames (Chronos Interim), François Legrand (Novobati), Frédéric Levif (SARL Levif), Sébastien Desjours (Allier Cheminée), Bruno Merlin (Ets Merlin), Jean-Emmanuel Goujon (Ets Goujon-Lallemand), Renaud Bournat (Pierre&Chaux and Bourbonnais), Thomas Coussement (CHR Boisson), Isabelle Poillot (IP Conseil), Christine Ducelier (SARL Ducelier), Dominique Maurel (Joly informatics), Pascal Seguin (CIC), Laurent Mathieu (Cognet SAS), Soung-Ho Park (architect indt), Christian Rousseau (SARL Noiselier-Rousseau), Sébastien Lavilla (CopieFax), Sébastien Cartelier (VVS-Security), Pierre Antoine (Caséo) and Pascal Chazalmartin (Gan).