About ABLE

Austin Business Leads Exchange (ABLE) was founded in October 2015, and has experienced tremendous growth and enthusiasm in the years that followed. The founders, Erin Jones and Samantha Rostek, use the same guiding principle upon which the group was established: Help others grow their business, so yours will flourish in return.”

Since that time, the organization has stayed true to fostering real relationships, and providing a fun and friendly networking atmosphere where members are valued and businesses of all sizes feel welcome.


We pride ourselves on being a low-cost, low-rules networking group, therefore there are no annual membership dues and no attendance requirements. We do charge $5 per week, which covers our group expenses and allows us the privilege of making a charitable donation each year. We happily waive your $5 weekly fee for your first meeting, and anytime you bring a guest — we encourage growth, because it helps you reach a wider audience.


ABLE exists for you; we encourage you to make this group yours as much as it is ours! While we don’t require you to attend every meeting, the more consistent you are, the more beneficial you’ll find the group to be.


In just a few years, the ABLE organization has witnessed thousands of passed referrals, and over a thousand units of closed business. As we continue to grow, the ABLE organization looks to open additional chapters to provide convenient networking opportunities for people all over the greater Austin area. We are an active group, and we hope you enjoy your time with us and want to make Austin Business Leads Exchange part of your long term marketing plan!


We’ll see you soon!

ABLE by the Numbers


Meetings Held


1-to-1s Held


Referrals Passed


Units of Business Passed


$ Donated to Charity



Erin Jones

ABLE Founder | Chapter Leader

Realtor®, Allure Real Estate


Erin grew up in a small town, but spent many of her young adult years exploring different parts of the country, and the world. In her words, “there is no place like Austin” and she doesn’t plan to leave.


With the heart of a veteran (she attended the United States Coast Guard Academy) and the soul of a rehabber (HGTV recently filmed a pilot about her side-hustle flipping houses along with husband and general contractor Paul), Erin can find you the best deal in town, wield a nail gun like a pro, and quote you on countertops, all in one go!


Since 2014 when she became a REALTOR®, Erin has been committed to an extraordinary customer experience for her buyer and seller clients. As a real estate investor herself, she is especially equipped to help clients of all types with real estate needs ranging from raw land, to multi family investment properties, to single family homes and condos.


Erin and Samantha pride themselves in running fun, energetic ABLE meetings, and look forward to them each week!



“ABLE is as much YOUR group as it is ours! We’re merely facilitators, here to provide a platform for you to make this your own. Use it!”


Samantha Rostek

ABLE Founder | Chapter Leader

Financial Services Professional, New York Life


Samantha has been in the Austin area since 2008.  In 2015, she participated in the founding of ABLE as a way to help business owners grow their networks.


In 2016, Erin and Samantha took full leadership control of ABLE and have been successful in growing it into a wonderfully conducive environment for Austin business leaders to meet and grow their businesses on a weekly basis.


Samantha has networked in the Austin area since 2012. She has thoroughly enjoyed being Erin’s partner in seeing the growth occur and in watching the strong professional relationships form within this group.


Aside from helping run ABLE, Samantha has worked in the insurance and financial services world since 2012, representing her clients through her work for New York Life, a Fortune 100 company.


For fun, Samantha plays volleyball, country dances, rides horses whenever she can, weight lifts and loves any chance to be outdoors when the weather is nice!  🙂




“We are excited to continue the camaraderie of strong business relationships, the growth since 2015, and share the ABLE energy with you!”


Austen Smith

South Chapter Leader

Certified Mortgage Planning Specialist | Impact Mortgage Group


For nearly 15 years, Austen’s goal is to make a difference in the community that he serves through home ownership and financing.


Austen has a passion for marketing, sales, and business. His first priority is to always operate with honesty, integrity, and a solid commitment to quality. He will never sacrifice quality for profit. In fact, he has a great amount of leverage with his business partners due to the reputation and trust he has earned by creating solutions with the client in mind. This allows his clients to rest assured that they are getting the best deal possible.


Building communities through responsible lending is what Austen does best! He has never wavered in his commitment to supporting communities. He has been involved in many charitable causes and civic organizations over the years and believes in supporting the community.


Austen has been married to his wonderful better half, Amy, for almost 10 years. Together, they have one child and another one on the way.


He can be reached on his cell at 512-773-6729


“It’s called Net-WORKING, not Net-SITTING!”

What Our Members are Saying About ABLE


We ARE our weekly meetings. Besides getting together for 1-to-1’s, ABLE’s focus is on our weekly meetings, so come see what it’s all about! Check our Meetup.com page for schedules & locations! (We try to meet regularly on a weekly basis at each of our locations, with the exception of some “holiday” weeks)


Each of our meetings flow as follows:


11:00 – 11:30 am      Stand-up Networking

11:30 – 11:45 am      Sit-down Networking & placing lunch order

11:45 –  1:00 pm      Structured Meeting (30 seconds to introduce yourselves & 10 minutes for the featured speaker + Q&A)


Attire:  Whatever makes sense for your industry!  (AKA no dress code)


Suggested items to bring:

  • Business cards
  • Something to take notes with
  • An outgoing attitude
  • Some money for food & drinks!


ABLE Meeting Locations: 

ABLE is lucky enough to use space from the below restaurants free of charge; however, in order to continue to use these spaces, we need to support the restaurant! While we do not require that you order food, we do strongly encourage it, and please take care of our servers, thank you!

ABLE Main Chapter (North)

Mimi’s Cafe – Shops at the Arbor Walk

10515 N. Mopac Expressway Ste. O
Austin, TX 78758

Thursdays, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

A Note from your Chapter Leader:

Mimi’s is open nice and early, so feel free to use the bar area or our meeting space for pre-ABLE networking, meetings, 1-to-1’s, etc! Out of respect for the restaurant, please do not sit in the main dining area unless you’re planning to order food – thank you!

ABLE South

Flores Mexican Restaurant

4625 W William Cannon Dr

Austin, TX 78749

Tuesdays, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

A Note from your Chapter Leader:

Although Flores does not open until 11am, there are a lot of options nearby if you want to schedule pre-ABLE 1 to 1’s or early morning networking! Some of our favorites are Panera Bread (in the same parking lot!), Torchy’s, Starbucks, Kerbey Lane and Whole Foods!

Meet Our Members

“Click-to-Flip” Profiles – Simply click on the body of the profile to see the detail on the other side, and click to flip back.

Alfonso Lucin

Professional Hairdresser (PHD)

Alpha Blade Salon

Who is Alfonso Lucin?
Professional Hairdresser specializing in Precision Cuts and Color

Andrew Bryant

Real Estate Agent

Keller Williams

Who is Andrew Bryant?
I'm a third generation real estate agent and property investor. I love Austin, country dancing, anything on a river and Jiu Jitsu. If you would like to talk real estate or anything else please let me know.

Ann Fry

Leadership and Transition Coach/ Cancer Advocate

The ReGeneration Group

Who is Ann Fry?

I's committed to people having great lives, doing what they love. I coach leaders to be more effective, build a company culture .... even if you are the ONLY member of your company. I also coach individuals with Cancer and Serious Illness while going to work.  

Anthony (Tony) Prohl

Director of Engraving and Marketing

EtchBOT Engraving

Who is Anthony (Tony) Prohl?

Hello, My name is Tony Prohl! I love to work with people and provide the smiles for them and their clients!  Need some cool (Laser Engraved) swag or lets have a 1:1 meeting. more here: https://www.3dgraphx.com/ Insta: graphxyz Thank you 🙂 -Tony  

Arlene Dockery

New Business Development

We Connect Marketing

Who is Arlene Dockery?

Austen Smith

Mortgage Dude

Impact Mortgage Group

Who is Austen Smith?

A highly-skilled mortgage broker who is committed to helping you own a home!

  • I operate from a position of honesty & integrity
  • My highest calling to help you through some of the biggest trxns of your life.
  • I absolutely love helping first-time home-buyers!

Belinda G. Mendoza

Prosperity Designer and Feng Shui Expert

Design For Energy

Who is Belinda G. Mendoza?

I am an "Urban Feng Shui Master" for over 20 yrs. now.  I have been in business since 2000 helping homes and offices achieve more success and happiness.  My goal is to improve the energy flow of your space so you feel better in it and then you do better!

Caleb Reynolds

Health & Supplemental Insurance Broker

Caleb Insures Texas / HealthMarkets

Who is Caleb Reynolds?

Caleb Reynolds

Carla Kirkwood

President/Floral Designer

Flowers Flowers Inc

Who is Carla Kirkwood?

Wife, Mom, Nan & Founder of the #JoyMomentMovement. President of Flowers Flowers Inc., a full service floral and gift boutique.

Cassia Schultz


CKS Painting

Who is Cassia Schultz?

Passionate business owner, food lover and country dancer. Committed to providing outstanding work to every client, every time, from start to finish. Find pictures and reviews on the CKS Painting business page.

Cecilia Cervantes, MD

Founder and Medical Director


Who is Cecilia Cervantes, MD?

Cecilia Cervantes, MD

  • 33 years in practice
  •  Holistic Health and Wellness Coaching Practice
  • Utilizing knowledge of Functional Medicine, Medical Acupuncture and Herbalism
  • NLP, Time Line Therapy and Hypnosis
  • Heal your mind, Heal your life….QuantumHeal

Cherilyn Morris


eXp Realty

Who is Cherilyn Morris?
A  REALTOR® you can trust
  • Works with buyers or sellers
  • Investment Specialist
  • Bringing a background of championship EXCELLENCE and PERSONAL SERVICE to NW Austin
LOVE where you LIVE

Chrys Ghiraldini


Sacred Health Journey, LLC

Who is Chrys Ghiraldini?

Who is Dr. Chrys?

  • 20 years in practice, healing the physical, emotional & energetic layers
  • Energy Medicine, EFT, NET, Sound Healing practitioner
  • Nutrition, Herbs & Homeopathy expert
  • BioCranial for newborns
  • Cold laser therapy

Your Health, Your Power!

Dagan Martinez-Vargas

Field Director

Family Heritage

Who is Dagan Martinez-Vargas?

Austinite, Eagle Scout, ex-Jack Daniels rep, Toastmaster/Pitchmaster. Who now helps people w/ Cancer, Heart, and Accident policies which have a 100% wellness return benefit.

Dan Forbes

Dan Forbes REALTOR®


Who is Dan Forbes?

As a REALTOR® with over 17 years experience, Dan knows the market and neighborhoods of the greater Austin area. Specifically, Dan focuses on the cities of Cedar Park, Leander, Round Rock, Georgetown, Lakeway, Pflugerville, and Austin.

Dana Gribble

Agency Owner

A Suitcase Named Desire Travel Agency

Who is Dana Gribble?

We at A Suitcase Named Desire are vacation specialists. We know you love to travel as much as we do, and we want your experiences to be all that you dream of when you think of your next vacation. We plan and all you need to do is pack. Our goal is for you to have an unforgettable trip no matter how big or small.

David W. Crump

Sales Representative

Farmers Insurance Group / Ross Gray Insurance Agency

Who is David W. Crump?

I help with insurance protection across a very broad range but focus on business insurance. I welcome new business owners that need to meet insurance requirements and obtain protection for critical risks.

Deb Yager

Trainer, Coach, Owner

Yager Training Co.

Who is Deb Yager?

I work together with my husband, Brandon Yager, utilizing the most powerful neurological tools in existence to help ambitious business owners and professionals let go of what’s inhibiting them from becoming their most empowered selves.

Dina L Wilcox


Raising Healthy Voices

Who is Dina L Wilcox?

I write books, and I love working with others who have a yearning to do the same. I've got years-worth of experience in walking alongside a new author as she or he realizes their own extraordinary creativity. It's an honor to be of service in this unique way!

Don Poenisch

Licensed Massage Therapist

Wave Therapeutic Massage

Who is Don Poenisch?

I offer mobile massage therapy, utilizing multiple modalities (on table or chair) to help your body function optimally, to reduce stress, to increase range of motion, to promote better circulation, and to help you on your road to better health.

Eric Morris

Sales/ Art

Unique Prints Screen Printing

Who is Eric Morris?

I'm an Austin Native with strong ties to the community. 10 years of experience. I will be your guide from concept to production. I know the process and the products. A T-shirt is a message. What would you like to tell the world...

Eric Wu


Wu Chiropractic & Acupunture

Who is Eric Wu?

Dr. Eric Wu is a native of Austin. He earned his Chiropractic degree at Parker University in Dallas and received advanced acupuncture training in China. What sets Dr. Wu apart is his ability to stimulate acupuncture points via electrical pulse without needles.

Erin Jones


Allure Real Estate

Who is Erin Jones?

A Dynamic & Energetic Realtor® who:

  • Buys or Sells homes and/or investment property!
  • Serves all markets and price-points.
  • Knows how personal and important these types of purchases/sales are to her clients, and strives to keep that top of mind.


Health Insurance Broker

Tex Health Insurance

We are a health insurance brokerage firm that focuses on customer service. We have access to all the major health insurance companies, the list changes as new or better options are made available. Let us help you find a health insurance plan that best matches your budget and needs.

Gene Chavez

Head Shooter

Photography ByChaveZ

Who is Gene Chavez?

My photo niche: Headshots, Live Music, Meetings/Galas, Small Families, & “Doing Stuff with your Stuff”--like poster collages, large canvas prints, photobooks, memorial slide shows, business cards and rack cards. “I don’t own a gun, but I’d love to Shoot You.”

Ginna Smith

Realtor®, ABR, CNE, GRI

Your Austin Home Smith with Keller Williams Realty

Who is Ginna Smith?

Ginna has been in real estate since 2013.  She loves what she does and has the belief that everyone should have the chance to be a home owner if they wish by providing guidance and education about purchasing a home in this competitive market.  

Greg Daily

Professional Photographer

Greg Daily Photography

Who is Greg Daily?

Professional Photographer w/ 20+ yrs experience focusing on:

  • Architecture Photography
  • Branding / Lifestyle Photography
  • Fine Art Photography


Greg Thrash

Certified Medical Revenue Manager

Innovations in Medical Revenue

Who is Greg Thrash?

I help Private Physicians thrive in private practice. We are medical billing and coding professionals and for 25 years helping doctors operate more profitably and efficient, thus allowing for a more balanced work-home life.

Harvey Kitzman


Health By Harvey

Who is Harvey Kitzman?

I am a Nutritional Consultant.  I work with individuals who want to improve their health and wellness, and with health professional practices to help them inplement customized health and wellness solutions.

Jaime Herrera

Elite Roofing Specialist

Preferred Elite Construction

Who is Jaime Herrera?

Jason Lascurain


Whole Again Hypnosis

Who is Jason Lascurain?

Master Hypnotist who loves to put that spark back into his clients' lives.  I can work with:

  • Pain Management
  • Self-confidence
  • Past Life Regression
  • Weight Loss
  • Anger Management
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Emotional Trauma
  • Fears
  • Drug/Alcohol Abuse
  • So much more!

Jay Daily

Financial Advisor

Edward Jones

Who is Jay Daily?

Working with businesses, individuals, or families, I want to know what is important to you and develop a customized plan to help you achieve your goals. Then, we partner together to keep you on track as you navigate through life’s changes.

Jen Scanlon

Business Development Coordinator

Dream Dinners

Who is Jen Scanlon?

Jess Hagemann

Ghostwriter and editor

Cider Spoon Stories

Who is Jess Hagemann?

Jess helps seniors, veterans, small business owners, and others write their life stories as books. Blogs and bios available, too!

John Velasquez

Bus. Automation | Websites | CRM

Clear Gem, LLC

Who is John Velasquez?

Co-founder of Clear Gem, LLP, a software company offering:

  • Affordable, Integrated Website & CRM solutions
  • "Custom" business automation via configurable software
  • Conversion, Implementation, Support & Training Services

Someone who enjoys 1x1s!

Joshel Brown

Dr. Joshel Brown

Circle of Life Financial Health

Who is Joshel Brown?

Money should be the least of your concerns when "life happens". New marriage/baby/business? Life & disability insurances, college/retirement/estate/business planning, 401k/IRA rollovers, and investments. Also created The Austin Physician Network Meetup group.

Katie McDanald

Who is Katie McDanald?

Kelli Begley

Wine Consultant

Wine Shop At Home

Who is Kelli Begley?

I am an event planner with over 1000 events that I have executed in my hospitality career. A passion for wine that I like to experience with you in a personal wine tasting at your home or business. Come for the taste and stay for the lifestyle!

Kim Barnes

Communication Expert

Barnes Team Media

Who is Kim Barnes?

Professional Communicator. On TV for 30 years. Passionate about helping people:

  • Be comfortable & confident on camera for video or live-streaming & media interviews
  • Connect with audience when communicating
  • Give effective presentations (small or large group)

L.A. Matocha

Owner, Principal

TwentySix Interiors

Who is L.A. Matocha ?

L.A. Matocha

Lexi Little


Premier Restorations

Who is Lexi Little?

Wife, Mother & Entrepreneur

  • Premier Restoration is a full-service damage restoration company specializing in Flood, Water, Fire and Storm Damage, Sewage Clean-up and Mold Remediation.
  • Free Estimates!

Linda Botello

Resdidential Real Estate Specialist/Realtor

Horizon Realty

Who is Linda Botello?

A dedicated Realtor:

  • Finding the perfect home for you and your family is enough of a challenge. My extensive selection of homes will take care of that!
  • But I insist on making every part of the process easier on you.
  • Give me a call and let me tell you how!

Lisa Tan


Toast and Timber - DIY Creative Workshop

Who is Lisa Tan?

Toast + Timber is a DIY creative workshop where you will make a unique piece of art out of wood! You are encouraged to release your inner creativity while sipping on your favorite beverage (BYOB) and snack.

Liz Richardson

Senior Sales Representative

Essential Bodywear

Who is Liz Richardson?

I uplift women wherever I go.  You will love your body when you wear my comfortable and supportive bras, panties, and shapewear.  I even have casual wear.  Look like you lost 10-15 lbs instantly!

Luz Gonzalez

Life and Business Coach

Luz C. Gonzalez Coaching

Who is Luz Gonzalez?

Let's take your life and business to the NEXT LEVEL.

Marilyn Nichols

Dog trainer

Happy Puppy Tutoring & Tiny Dog Boarding

Who is Marilyn Nichols?

Mary Smothers


Security Consultant Pros

Who is Mary Smothers?

Our family owned & operated local security company installs the #1 residential/commercial security alarms, video surveillance, SMART automation & access control.  2018 & 2019 Best of the Best Security Company (Hill Country News) ~ You really should be alarmed!

Melissa Miller

Marketing & Business Development Manager

BriteIdea Marketing Group

Who is Melissa Miller?

We're BriteIdea Marketing, and we genuinely give a damn about your brand!

Micki Ferguson

Educational Consultant Leader

Discovery Toys

Who is Micki Ferguson?

I'm just me Micki~Discovery Toys(40yrs old) carrying toys for Kid Powered Play. I do play dates & Personal Shopping as well as talk to different organizations about our"Crises at Play"and unplugging and more. Read my whole story at the About Me on my website.

Mike B

Owner/Operator HOP Boxing/Fitness

HOP Boxing & Fitness

Who is Mike B?

Nationally Certified Fitness Trainer.  Over 30 years experience.   Certified in Cardio, Weight Training, Stretching, Core, Running, Masters Certification in Nutrition.   I have a gym or I will go to client's home.   Train with a pro for best results!!

Mike B.

Nationally certified fitness trainer

HOP Fitness

Who is Mike B.?

30 years experience in the fitness field.  Certified in cardio, weight training, nutrition, core, running and stretching.   I have my own gym and I travel to clients homes.   I currently train 46 people and half are ladies.   Client ages range from 14-70.

Mike Barnes

Inspirational Speaker/Consultant

Barnes Team Media

Who is Mike Barnes?

Mike Barnes is a former award winning sportscaster and master communicator who gets to the heart of the matter to motivate with both secular and religious inspirational speeches, highlighted by Jeremiah 29:11! Contact Mike today to speak to your group!

Nancy Hilliard

Wellness Representative

The Juice Plus Company

Who is Nancy Hilliard?

I am a Sister, Wife, Mom, friend & Cancer Survivor!  I love helping people get healthy by closing the gap on their nutritional deficiencies.  Our product is whole food nutrition, that is vine-ripened, GF, DF, non-GMO, & Organic.  Ask me how "Kids Eat Free"!


Project Manager

Actualize Software

Who is NickyMcKerlie?

Software should support your business, not constrain it. We deliver the value you need today as well as the quality architecture necessary for continued growth.  We specialize in building quality enterprise-level software with aggressive growth strategies

Nicole Julian

Design Consultant

Allied Stone

Who is Nicole Julian ?

We are your one stop shop for the counter tops of your dreams . We have over 60,000 slabs for your viewing please and look forward to serving you . With over 20 years experience in the design / construction trade I have never see a company that cares more

Reginald St. Germain


Richcreek Healthcare LLC

Who is Reginald St. Germain?

Rick Gonzalez

Wowzer - Referral/Retention Marketing


Who is Rick Gonzalez?

How do we establish and build new relationships, retain our existing and previous customers, and generate referrals? How do we set ourselves apart? Bannerseason - It's about the mailbox, NOT the inbox https://youtu.be/6QwLNlJcwOw

Robert Duran

Professional Biohacker


Who is Robert Duran?

Invest in your Health, it's the only place you have to live.


Insurance and Financial Services Agent

Farmers Insurance


For a one stop review of your personal and commercial insurance portfolio please give me a call. I like to educate my clients so they can make the best descions on the right insurance plan for them to protect their family and their assets.

Samantha Rostek

Financial Services Professional

New York Life

Who is Samantha Rostek?

Someone whose focus and passion are about:

  • Building lasting relationships with clients and helping them define and achieve their goals.
  • Helping with Life, Disability and/or Long-term Care insurance, and/or helping with planning for funding college or retirement.


Scott Finkelstein

Owner - Head Coach


Who is Scott Finkelstein?
A mentor/coach looking to help others far exceed what they think is possible

Shane Anciso

CEO - Tech Consultant

Secret Simple Computer Repair

Who is Shane Anciso?

1000+ repairs later I rediscovered my Jewish heritage and am a student of Hebrew and Messianic Judaism with a congregation in East Manor that broadcasts on Youtube all over the world a light for those in darkness.

Shawn Huckabee

Independent Sales Representative/Merchant Processing

TSYS/Central Payment

Who is Shawn Huckabee?

Sell Point of Sales devices and gateway solutions to small and medium size business owners • Direct (whole sale) provider for Visa, Master Card, Discover and American Express negotiating lower rates to provide merchants the best and lowest possible rates.

Song Campbell

Owner / CEO

Health and Wellness

Who is Song Campbell ?

I am a Health and Wellness consultant, Massage/Neuromuscular Therapist. I have a moral obligation to help people with Health and Wellness goals. I use integrative therapy nutrition, water intake, stress management so you become The Healthiest Version of YOU

Stephany Victory

Professional Custom Website Design & SEO Development

Direct Line Development

Who is Stephany Victory?

Thom Singer

Speaker / Trainger

Thom Singer - Professional Speaker

Who is Thom Singer?

Thom Singer is a keynote speaker and trainer. Locally he works with company teams of all sizes.  His program "Attain the Possible: The Paradox of Potential" will help hit the reset button in employees as they navigate the gap between potential and performance.

Tom Bargsley


Tom Bargsley, CPA

Who is Tom Bargsley?

I am your virtual or interval CFO for growing businesses.

Tony Pynes

Real Estate Inspector

Your ServusPartners, PLLC

Who is Tony Pynes?

Tony Pynes


Tyson Kearns


Stride Pest Control

Who is Tyson Kearns?

Stride Pest Control in Austin is a locally owned and operated Central Texas pest control company that specializes in termite control, rodent control, mosquito control, flea and tick control, and bed bug control. Try us!

Whitney McDonald

Faith Based Financial Advisor

Thrivent Financial

Who is Whitney McDonald?

Financial Advisor working with a team of experts to help you on your financial journey. We offer financial advice, investments, and insurance to help you achieve your goals. Please reach out to find out more about being wise with money and living generously.  

Networking Tricks of the Trade and How to Have a Great 1-to-1

Whether you are new to networking or have been in the networking world for years, ABLE is a great environment to learn how and/or better hone your current skills!


  • Make sure that as you meet people, stay genuine and truly get to know them!
  • Ask them insightful questions where you see fit. Be curious.
  • As for business cards, always keep them on you.  Only if someone asks to connect with you at another time, for more information about you, or for your contact information, is it proper to hand your business card over.
  • Sit next to someone you do not know — mix it up at the ABLE meetings every week by doing this!  You will be surprised how easy you can form friendships and find commonality with others.


As for 1-1s:  These are a more in depth method of networking, with very similar principles like the ones mentioned above.  In these, you will spend time meeting with another member for as long as you both would like (be it 30 minutes or 2 hours!) to find out more of who this person is, what they specifically do, and why they love what they do! We always recommend picking a spot one or both of you have never been! Try a new coffee shop in a part of town you’re not familiar with – you will get to know your city just that much better.


For business related questions during your 1-to-1, here are some examples: “What is your favorite part of your business?”, “Tell me about some clients you’ve had recently.”, “Do you work on weekends and in the evenings?”, “Do you specialize in certain areas of Austin or do you work all over?”, “Who is your ideal referral?”, “What type of person would not make a good referral for you?”


Even better than chatting about business, is chatting about NON-business! Here are some examples of great topics: Kids, pets, other family, hobbies, history of living in Austin, unique or unusual traits, travel or recent trips, resolutions, goals, or anything else that may come of the conversation!






Find all your answers below.


What is ABLE anyway?

Austin Business Leads Exchange (ABLE) is a volunteer business networking group of like-minded and motivated leaders who come together to provide focused and friendly networking opportunities to businesses of all sizes.

When does the group meet?

Every Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 11am, rain or shine! Be sure to check our Meetup.com page to stay current with meeting location and other relevant information such as holiday schedules.

Where does the group meet?

Currently, Tuesday meetings are at Serrano’s (Mopac & 290, around the corner from the Best Buy) from 11:00AM – 1:00PM.

Thursday meetings are at Mimi’s in The Arbor Walk shopping center (near Braker & Mopac) from 11:00AM – 1:00PM every.

What are the meetings like?

Our meetings are fun! Arrive around 11am for a half hour of stand-up networking; you’ll hear the cowbell at 11:30, indicating it’s time to sit down and make your menu selections on the paper menus at the tables. Our dedicated servers will come around to pick up the menus/take your orders from 11:30-11:45. You will hear another bell at 11:45am, kicking off the structured meeting portion. We will introduce the group, run through some basic housekeeping items, everyone will give a 30 second snippet of who they are and what they do, we will have a pre-determined speaker give a 10 minute presentation (this rotates each week, see Samantha about getting into the rotation), testimonials are shared, other networking events are shared, and the meeting adjourns at 1 pm. You are welcome to stay after and continue to network, set your 1 to 1’s, meet with people, continue conversations, etc.

Are there any rules for the group?

Pretty much no! If you need to text or email or do any kind of work during the meeting, that is totally Ok! If you need to take a call, please step outside.  Please respect others while they are speaking, and please do not pass business cards and set meetings during the meeting. Use the pre-meeting and post-meeting networking time for that, so we can give each of our colleagues proper respect. Please also respect the 30 second timer for your 30 second “commercial.”  With a big group we need to make this short and sweet.

Is it weird to show up if I have never been?

NO WAY!  We LOVE and welcome first-timers!  Every week we have first-time attendees so you will NOT be out of place!

Who do I ask for or see when I arrive for my first meeting?

There is no official check-in procedure when you arrive, and everyone is friendly and welcoming! Grab something to drink, mingle, scope out a spot to sit, and start getting to know people–These will soon become familiar faces! Be sure to say hi to Sam and Erin and make sure they get one of your business cards so they can send you a welcome email – plus, they’ll be eager to meet you!

Does it cost money to come to your meetings?

Your first meeting is always free, and anytime you bring a guest, you are also free!  Any other time, it’s $5. There are no annual membership dues, and the $5 contribution goes towards running the group.  At the end of the year, we make a charitable donation to a local organization.

How do I get my profile on your website?

We invite our members to add their profile card to the ABLE website.  A member is someone who comes to our Thursday meetings on a regular basis; more specifically, at least 4 out of every 8 meetings…and at least twice a month. Of course, the more you come the more you will get out of this group, but at a minimum we ask for this sort of attendance record before we will add your profile. Use “Members,” then “Add/Update My Profile,” in the main site navigation bar to access the required form, but you will not be added unless your attendance is confirmed.

Who do I tell about referrals and business passed?

We LOVE to track the business that comes from the group!  The last portion of our weekly meeting is reserved for this, exactly!  We don’t track dollar figures due to the size and range of the industries we represent, but we do track number of transactions.  Make sure you tell everyone about yours, during the testimonials segment of the meeting! Great job!

What is a 1-to-1?

1-to-1’s are a chance to get to know the other ABLE members on a deeper level, outside of our weekly meetings. Whether it’s 30 minutes, or 2 hours, spend some time asking questions and getting to know the person behind the business. Find out how you can help them, ask them what type of customer or client they’re looking for, and don’t forget to ask personal questions too! The idea behind a 1-to-1 is to build trust between one another; you want to know your outgoing referral is going to be taken care of, right?! 🙂 For more information, click the “Tips” tab for Networking Tricks of The Trade.

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Our Charities

At the end of each calendar year, we designate funds from the ABLE bank account to be presented to a local charity during the first quarter of the following year. Throughout the year, we take suggestions from our members, look closely at the presented options, and select a charity that is not just local, but whose recipients will be most impacted by our donation. Here are the charities ABLE has chosen to support.

  • HorseLink is a 501(c)3 nonprofit providing sanctuary and renewed purpose to retired competition horses, and a place of healing and growth for people. ...

  • The Refuge for DMST™ (Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking) is a place of rest and restoration for child survivors of sex trafficking.  The Refuge has ...

  • As of 2016 there were 17,000 single mothers living in poverty in the Austin area with 42,924 children under the age of 18. These families need the sup...


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