THE Lions Business Network International (LBNI) recently unveiled its latest rebranding exercise for its website at Putrajaya Marriott Hotel, Putrajaya.
Aimed at providing a comprehensive trade directory for Lions Clubs members, the beta version of the site was first launched in 2008.
The project was initiated by Lions Club member Tan Sri Datuk Danny Ooi, who was also former district governor for Lions Club International District 308B1.
“The main aim of having the LBNI is to provide a platform for members to list their businesses and services to millions of fellow Lions Clubs members worldwide,” said Ooi.
He said that six years down the road, the site has new and improved features designed to provide a one-stop business trade directory listing.
“LBNI aims to offer an interactive experience as you can perform many functions on the site,” said Ooi, adding that they hoped to reach out to 46,000 Lions Clubs comprising 1.3mil members in more than 200 countries.
Lions Club International District 308B1 district governor Lim Hoe Guan said that LBNI was an excellent platform for the interchange of information and networking.
“We have grown a lot over the past 98 years.
“Back then Lions Clubs only offered services, but today technology has made it possible to build businesses and network.
“I hope that Malaysia will be one of the pioneers in this area,” he said.
Using the latest generation multi-core dedicated server, the new LBNI site will have more than 2,760 business categories and will allow users to geotag businesses or search by GPS for locations.
Payment is done through PayPal or credit and debit card.
Currently there is a special registration fee at only RM60 for one year’s membership, as well as a package of RM150 for three years.
The site can be accessed at www.lions2u.com.
In light of the recent flood situation on the east coast, Ooi also represented the Council of Federal Datuks Malaysia (MFDM) in donating RM10,000 to the Lions Emergency Relief Fund in aid of flood victims, for the purchase of essential items to be distributed to affected victims.
“We hope that this donation can help Lions members in utilising their resources and manpower for the distribution of items at affected areas,” said Ooi.
Also present at the event were 60 delegates from the Miss Tourism International contest.