How do I make the most of my membership?
The best way to make the most of your membership is to get involved in the community.
If you tell us what you're up to (keeping your profile up to date, listing on the events page, sharing your top tips, sharing what you do on social media, talking in the groups) we tell all the community followers about it for you.
Say hello in person! Even if you only pop into a Jelly for an hour, it's lovely for other members to meet the 'real' person behind the business. If you're nervous about coming to a Jelly, let us know and we'll make sure there's a friendly face to meet you.
Take advantage of our extra services if time is an issue. We have a team here to help with social media, website uploads and all things membership if you need us.
Be part of the social glue that holds our community together. Share your expertise, help out, look out for other members, shop local, volunteer or think of something new and make it happen.
Do I have to make referrals?
No. We're a community, not a referral generating scheme. That said, lots of our members do refer business to each other because they've come to know, like & trust what each other do. That is totally up to them.
Do I have to go to meetings?
It's up to you! We would love to see you at a Jelly, one of our networking Team-Up events, a social, a fundraiser or celebration event (or whatever else we're up to).
If those timings don't work, it isn't your thing or you prefer to be more active on social media - that's absolutely fine.
Do I need to be active on social media to be part of the community?
Our main online communities are based around the Facebook group. In the group you are there as a person, not as your business page.
Being active in the groups helps other people know what you do and how you can help. Just dumping your Facebook page link and not getting involved doesn't really work.
Not all businesses are active on social media - for some it's not appropriate, others only use one platform because that's where their target market is.
You're welcome in the community whether you're an active social media user or not. If it's a confidence thing, we're also available to help you get to grips with it.
Are there other Businesses Communities?
Yes! You can find out more about them here
If you'd like to build your own community - and that can be anywhere in the world - we'd love to hear from you. Email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Where do I get a magnet?
Our St Albans Businesses magnets are available for anyone involved with SABS at the Jellies and events.
You'll also get one (and your car sticker and badge) when you receive your welcome pack after joining.
Use them to get involved with #magnetmonday in the Facebook groups.
What’s a Jelly?
As well as being a wibbly wobbly dessert, a Jelly is an event where local businesses come together to co-work in one place. It started in New York, we didn't think of the name.
You can find out more about our Jellies here
How do I get featured in…?
If you're a registered member of the group it's up to you to tell us what you're up to. We share all the details of how in the member's only Facebook group and in the monthly member's only emails.
If you're not a registered member and want to be featured, now may be the time to join.
If you've got an amazing idea for a collaborative project, aren't getting your member emails, want to feature us or something else - drop us an email!
What’s the difference between the Facebook Group & Page?
As St Albans Businesses we have a Facebook group plus a Facebook page.
A place for SAB members to work together, share members exclusives, be the "first to know", where you can test ideas, ask questions, give SAB members first dibs on events etc. and get support to grow your St Albans Business. Once you have signed up as a registered member, we'll add you to the group.
Our Facebook page is where we show the world what we're up to. It's one of the platforms we use to share what's going on in all the Business Communities and find out really important (usually lighthearted) things about our followers.
Is this only for businesses in St Albans?
St Albans Businesses is a business community in St Albans, Hertfordshire.
Anyone who has a business in St Albans, an outlet or base in St Albans or works predominantly in St Albans is welcome.
There are other Business Communities in surrounding towns in Hertfordshire and with more building all the time.