“For me, it’s the relationships with the other Accelerent partners that makes the difference. Through the Accelerent platform, we’ve been able to forge meaningful personal and professional relationships with the owners of dozens of growing and thriving Baltimore area businesses. Once you develop connections at that level, the potential for meaningful partnerships and mutual business opportunities are limitless.”
Dave Hartman, President
Hartman Executive Advisors
Baltimore, Maryland AND Greater Washington DC
“There is no substitute for having a network of truly trusted friends who you can turn to when your business confronts a challenge. Accelerent has given us that broad network and it has already helped us in extremely valuable ways."
Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP
Baltimore, MD and Greater Washington DC
When I was first approached about joining Accelerent, I was very impressed with its platform, and I am pleased that my decision to be a Partner has been most successful!
Your group is very diligent about listening to our business needs and helping WestPoint to achieve our outlined goals. In the first six months I have added new clientele and prospects because of Accelerent introductions. These clients will help contribute to our bottom line today, and for many years to come.
Thank you for all you do! I look forward to many more years of working together!
WestPoint Private Client Group
Accelerent is more than a networking group. It is an environment of professionals and trusted advisors who strive to build genuine relationships. I regularly generate ongoing business for them. During my first year as an Accelerent partner, we closed $120,000 of bottom-line profit resulting from Accelerent-generated business. We have consistently exceeded those numbers for more than ten years, except for year three. We tripled that number in 2020 despite the pandemic.
In three short years as part of Accelerent Baltimore we’ve received over 20 new opportunities. That has equated to over $180,000 in sales over the last 12 months alone. We are working on a potential of $500,000 worth of additional annual business as well.
The key to growing the business really falls onto giving out opportunities to our Partners. We have given out slightly more than a 1-1 ratio in possible business connections but I am striving to be closer to a 2-1 ratio. The movie Pay it Forward illustrates the Accelerent philosophy well. It’s nice to give to those that gave to you but in this world, it’s about giving in general. If you give, the giving circle will find its way back to you.
Acme Paper & Supply Co. Inc.
We provided more than 160 introductions in our first year alone, taking advantage of opportunities to solve clients’ issues and make ourselves look like rock stars. In return, we’ve received hundreds of introductions to date. Where we usually would expect to see 10x ROI in the B2B space, we’ve seen 50 to 70x returns through our partnerships at Accelerent.
Valve+Meter Performance Marketing
We joined the Accelerent Partnership with no expectations for closing new business in year one of our three year Agreement. However, we were able to achieve a 20% jump in growth from introductions made by our new Partners.
In the first year, we made at least a dozen quality introductions to our Accelerent Partners. Half of those introductions were converted to new business. We were able to onboard a similar number of new clients as a result of the relationships we built with our Accelerent partners.
It’s a given that when we invest the time, Accelerent helps to quickly develop strong relationships in the business community, by being intentional. For us, these relationships have developed through weekly group and one on one meetings that have led to $500,000 in new business, in just a year and a half. To my surprise though, we have also seen an acceleration in the learning curve of our sales team. By investing time, asking questions and giving to our Partners in Accelerent, our reps have gained a better knowledge of how other industries operate and how relationships lead to more efficient prospecting. We also have been able to provide Accelerent Partners access to our Pacers Business Alliance, as well as, Pacers Suites that have allowed partners to generate new leads and close over $200k in new business for them.
Since becoming an Accelerent Partner, Firefly Children & Family Alliance has secured six new corporate partners. These companies have provided unrestricted gifts, event sponsorships and gifts in kind of product or services. These partners enjoy recurring brand recognition on digital and print mediums, first access to our special events and customized volunteer experiences that demonstrate its corporate social responsibility. In addition to fundraising support, Accelerent Partners have been instrumental in communicating Firefly Children & Family Alliance's impact and introducing many area business leaders to the agency's mission. We have provided Partner companies approximately $200,000 in new business and expect this number to significantly increase in the coming year.
Firefly Children & Family Alliance
In just the two short years that we have been an Accelerent Partner we have received $300,000 in business, plus more in the pipeline. We have given $250,000 in business to other Partners.
Van Ausdall & Farrar, Inc.
The most valuable key that has helped build our business has been the relationships that have begun through Accelerent. They truly are priceless relationships. Within the first year of becoming a Partner, we had already seen a 100% return on the investment we made into the group. The trusted Partners that we have developed through this group will last a lifetime, and I don’t believe you can put a value on that. In our first three years of being an Accelerent Partner, our ROI has been 10 fold. We’ve given business to numerous partners and are always looking for ways to give back.
Lucas and Megan Ingala, Owners
Just in our first year as an Accelerent Partner, we have received over $185k in business referred by other Partners. Having a “give to get” mentality isn’t just a saying with our team; it’s our passion and something we practice constantly as part of Accelerent. We regularly look for opportunities and discuss internally how we can help Accelerent Partners. In fact, of the $200k we’ve helped Partners close, a large percentage was “unsolicited” by the Partner.
MTI Events has received over $1 million in new business from its partnership with Accelerent. We have given several leads and introductions to our Accelerent Partners that has led to new relationships, opportunities and business. Remember, "In life – if you give, you get. If you give your time, energy and guidance, you will get much in return.
Immedia joined Accelerent in September 2016 and quickly aligned with several Accelerent Partners who target similar clients and projects. In one 5 months period we have identified more than $2 million of new opportunities and received contracts for more than $1 million of new work. It is hard to quantify the amount of business that we have referred, however, we have had several people on our sales team that have invited Accelerent Partners to attend joint sales calls and both companies have gotten traction from cross selling. A few of our best clients have begun working with Accelerent Partners.
Immedia Integrated Technologies
I find it remarkable how mutually beneficial it can be to engage with the Accelerent community. My team and I always go in with a “Give to Get” mindset, and we find that everyone else is just as willing to jump in with the same approach. In almost six years of partnership, designDATA has provided at least 100 referrals to partners totaling millions of dollars in revenue.
designDATA has received at least an equal amount of support from our Accelerent partners as we have given. We have received at least 100 referrals and introductions during our six-year engagement, resulting in millions of dollars in revenue.
Orases has received over $2 million in business from Partners within Accelerent. In addition to the business they have received, they have given Partners over $2 million in business as well.
Accelerent is one of the few places where you can foster meaningful relationships that build endurance for true long-term possibilities. I relate it a little to the Pay It Forward method of thinking. We also have dedicated individuals on our team that are solely working the Accelerent model.