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Monday, April 24, 2006

Small Business Networking – How To Get Started

Networking is an important part of running a business. Getting started the right way will be key to your future success. By takng just a few steps, you can guarantee your networking success in your community.

Join at Least Two Professional Organizations

From the Chamber of Commerce to the Rotary Club, make sure you join at least two professional organizations. However, you should also look for organizations focusing solely on your industry. You can visit most once or twice for free to see if they will help you.

Determine Your Goals

Decide what you want from your networking experience since some groups may focus on connections while others may focus on learning or volunteering. Choose a group who shares your objectives.

Understand Your Business

Relationships in any business network should be beneficial to everyone involved, but for others to recommend you they must understand what you do – and only you can explain it to them clearly, emphasizing your specialities and how you're different from the competition.


By volunteering for a leadership position in your organization, you will become well–known to everyone involved. Although it may take up some of your spare time, the connections will pay off in the end.

Learn more about how networking can help your business and how you can successfully network in the full article (link above).

Posted by Joshua Feinberg