The first thing to do is to feature your business on the TBC website.
By doing this, not only will people be able to find your business, and TBC members will look to work with other TBC members, but WE will also put your business in front of people who we see asking for services such as yours.
So make sure your business profile looks amazing, and that you tag your business with relevant keywords under which you want to be found! Lots of our members find that they have a higher ranking on google via our website than they do their own!
Once you've done that - let us know and we will then put your business out there via our social media platforms for people to "Meet a TBC Member!"
So your business will get immediate exposure as soon as you join the TBC Team!
As a TBC member we will also share your tweets, and if you tell us what you are up to we will share your news and you can also feature in the weekly Friday Facebook Live News.
And, if you are a "Get Out There" member, you can upload your news, events, products and services in the TBC shop, your top tips and have a fantastic presence on the TBC website, all with links back to your site (which helps with SEO), all of which we will share via our social media platforms for you too! Result! Building the whole know, like and trust! We've got tons of useful videos on how to get your business out there via TBC TV.
You can also 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.
There's tons you can do for your business - give us a shout if you need any help!
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.  
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.
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.
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 hello@thebusinessescommunity.com.
Our St Albans Businesses magnets are available for anyone involved with TBC at the Jellies and events.
You'll also get one (and your window sticker) when you receive your welcome pack after joining.
Use them to get involved with #magnetmonday in the Facebook groups.
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.
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 at hello@stalbansbusinesses.co.uk
As St Albans Businesses, we have a Facebook group and a Facebook page.
A place for TBC members to work together, share members exclusives, be the "first to know", where you can test ideas, ask questions, give TBC 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.
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.