How to Find Networking Events in Your Area

networking eventsIf you don’t think there are many networking events in your area, you’re probably missing them. You’re also missing the amazing possibilities that come along with networking events. The trick is to look harder for them because once you find the resource that delivers a few networking events a month, you will have no problem getting out there to find people who can help you grow your business.

Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber of Commerce is made up of business owners. They join as members because they want to meet business owners just like you. When you join as a member, you can attend all of the events they have, which will help you gain exposure in your local community. You would be amazed at how you can help others and how they can help you. Even industries you never thought would be a benefit to your business can amaze you with their knowledge and business practices.

Newspaper

The newspaper often has announcements of networking events in your local area. Check it on Sundays and throughout the week. They are usually found in the Classifieds or Business section.

Library

The library usually has a bulletin board and people will post about their networking event there. Check it weekly to see if there is anything new.

Coffee Places

Business owners need their coffee, which is why bulletin boards in coffee shops are usually full of networking event announcements. Checking the board once a week when you’re picking up some coffee may end up producing at least one event you can attend.

Online Resources

You can find a lot of networking events online. It’s probably the easiest and fastest way to find networking events in your area.

  • People holding networking events will usually advertise them on Twitter. Use the search engine on Twitter to find one in your area by typing in “networking events in ‘your area.’”
  • Meetup groups is another option for finding networking events. You can also join some groups to network in other ways.
  • LinkedIn can be a good way to find professionals in your area and then hear about events from one of them.

There are many ways to find networking events. Simply look out for announcements online and offline, and ask around. Sometimes, all you have to do is ask around and you’ll hear about one from someone. Once you hear about one and get into the circle, you’ll likely start to hear about more from the connections you make.

How do you find networking events in your area? Let us know in the comments!

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