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Networking group helps businesses Revive and Thrive

The RGA Networking group offers free membership during pandemic.

MADEIRA BEACH, Fla. — In more ways than one, Tina Morrison knows about pressing issues. The small business owner uses a heat press to create branded masks, and she also knows the worries brought on by COVID-19.

“It was really scary to have that shutdown happen, because overnight I had no income,” explained Morrison. “I had a family; I had to create something. I had to be a role model for my kids and show them, no matter what happens you have to continue and move on.”

Morrison switched course. She steered away from large orders of promotional products and created a new company called Busy LadyBug. Working out of her son’s old bedroom, Morrison now concentrates on small, custom orders of branded masks and t-shirts. “Masks are the new thing—the new thing of 2020,” she said.

Morrison credits the networking group RGA with helping get her new business off the ground. She found people to help with her website and banking, and also her first clients. But most of all, RGA members provided daily support.

“RGA really encourages people working together, collaborating,” Morrison said. “There was always someone positive, giving you positive things to continue to move on.”

During COVID-19, RGA has held hundreds of Zoom meetings and is just now starting some in-person gatherings. Like most networking groups, RGA has a membership fee, but during the pandemic those have been waived.

“We want to show you the success of our organization and how that can support your business,” said RGA President Mark O’Donnell.

For more information on RGA Network and how to attend meetings, click here.