Philharmonic Holiday House

The Philharmonic Society of Orange County is proud to announce its first Holiday House in Huntington Harbour, a beautiful waterfront community comprised of five man made islands surrounded by a network of channels.

Philharmonic Holiday House at Huntington Harbor is a fundraiser for the Orange County Philharmonic kids music program. 10 designers are decorating a 12,000.00 sq.ft. home in Huntington Harbor for public viewing November 7th- 19th. With two Thursday night late evenings until 9:00pm. BTN Designer Member Alix Flamm will be exhibiting in bedroom suite 2# with her friend Zara. Other members from BTN will also be helping with installation.

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Meet Our Founder, Paul McKelvey

Heading up his own contracting company since 1986, and working within the construction industry since 1976, Paul McKelvey of McKelvey Construction is a general contractor with extensive experience in both commercial and residential construction, renovation, additions, and remodels.

Beginning his construction career in 1976 as a general building contractor, Paul soon earned his general engineering contractors license and reinforcing steel license. With a specialty in structural reinforcing projects, Paul was invited by the city of Los Angeles to join the engineering committees responsible for writing new residential and hillside build codes after the Northridge earthquake.

Pauls background makes him a specialist in structural renovation for both commercial and residential properties, and his strong attention to detail, his craftsmanship, and his extensive knowledge of construction codes and techniques have made his company one of the premier General Contracting firms in Orange County.

McKelvey Construction, serves all of Orange County and he has earned a reputation as being a trustworthy, honesty contractor.? He works with only reliable, licensed and properly insured sub-contractors, and heads the website, the Ganahl Contractors Directory, runs Formcast Concrete, and recently he began the Building Trades Network to provide residential and commercial property owners and managers a group of reliable, honest building trades professionals to service their needs. Along with his Class-B General Contracting license, Paul has earned his Class-A Engineering, Class C-8 Concrete and Class C-50 Reinforcing Steel licenses.? Paul also earned a business degree from USC in 1983. He was in one of the first graduating classes from the newly formed Entrepreneur Program at the Marshall School of Business. Paul resides with his family in Irvine.

9 Reasons to Become a Member

Business Networking is an invaluable tool to help expand knowledge, learn from the success of others, attain new clients, and tell others about your business. In the building trades it is a great way to gain new clients and to build a sustainable business. Here are the top 9 reasons to become a member of Building Trades Network (BTN).

  1. Generation of Referrals/Increased business

This is probably the most obvious benefit and the reason most business owners decide to participate in our networking activities and join our networking group.

The great news is that the referrals that you get through BTN are high quality and are often pre-qualified for you. In other words you are receiving much higher quality leads from BTN networking than other forms of marketing. The increase in business from networking can easily put an end to the income rollercoaster which we have all experienced at one time or another.

  1. Opportunities

With a motivated group of business owners in the building trades comes an abundance of opportunities! In fact this is where the benefits of business networking are huge!

Opportunities such as; joint ventures, client leads, partnerships, speaking and writing opportunities, business or asset sales the list goes on, and the opportunities within networking are really endless.

  1. Connections

Word of mouth is key in any business. Its not WHAT you know, but WHO you know. This is so true, isnt it? If you want a really successful business, then you need to have a great source of relevant connections in your network that you can call on when you need them.

Networking provides you with great sources and connections, and or course opens the door to talk to highly influential people that you wouldnt otherwise be able to easily talk to or find.

Its not just about who you are networking with directly either ? that person will already have a network you can tap into as well. So ask the right questions to find out if the person you are networking with knows who you want to know!

  1. Advice

Having like-minded business owners to talk to also gives you the opportunity to get advice from them on all sorts of things related to your business or even your personal life and obtaining that important work-life balance.

Networking is a great way to tap into advice and expertise that you wouldnt otherwise be able to get hold of. Because the advice is coming to you within the network you are more assured of getting solid advice from the right person ? someone that actually knows about what you need to know and is not just giving you their opinion on something that they have no or very little experience in.

  1. Raising your profile

Being visible and getting noticed is a big benefit of BTN. Make sure you regularly attend our weekly sales meetings and social events that will help to get your face known. You can then help to build your reputation as a knowledgeable, reliable, and supportive person by offering useful information or tips to people who need it. You are also more likely to get more leads and referrals as you will be the one that pops into their head when they need what you offer.

  1. Positive Influence

The people that you hang around with and talk to do influence who you are and what you do, so it is important to be surrounding yourself with positive, uplifting people that help you to grow and thrive as a business owner. Networking is great for this, as business owners that are using networking are usually people that are really going for it, positive and uplifting.

  1. Increased Confidence

By regularly networking, and pushing yourself to talk to people you dont know, you will get increased confidence the more you do this. This is really important as a business owner, because your business growth is very dependent on talking to people and making connections.

Networking is very advantageous for people that arent confident as it really pushes them to grow and learn how to make conversations and lasting connections with people they dont know.

  1. Satisfaction from Helping Others

Networking is a fantastic way to help others. BTN is full of business owners ?and clientele that have problems or issues that need solving, and there is great satisfaction from helping someone to solve a problem they have and get a fantastic result from it.

  1. Friendship

Lastly, this one is more personal related rather than business related, but is a big benefit none-the-less. Many friendships form as a result of networking because (mostly) you are all like-minded business owners that want to grow your businesses, and you meet and help each other regularly, so naturally strong friendships tend to form. Some of my strongest friendships have been started from networking.

Become a member TODAY! Contact us.