Where to Find Networking Events

So you’ve set a goal to attend a networking event! Yay! Now let’s find one for you.

The easiest thing you can do is to search “places to network in __________” or “business events in _______”.

You’ll find some awesome options on Business Journals and Network After Work.

Event Listing Websites

While these websites don’t only list networking events, you can find something up your alley on EventbriteEventfulMeetUp, or LinkedIn. You may even get a chance to meet your actual neighbors when you attend neighborhood events listed on nextdoor.com

The Chamber of Commerce

Don’t forget your city (and your surrounding cities) have a Chamber of Commerce, which hold regular events. In addition, some areas have separate associations for their Historic District and/or Downtown Business Association.

Give Back/Do-Gooders/Service Clubs

Don’t overlook the “oldies but goodies”, the service clubs. Remember that volunteering in your community is the original (and highest) form networking. Soroptimist International has been linking women together since 1921. We even found the Concatenated Order of Hoo-Hoo (not joking), but if you’re looking for the tried and true service clubs, check these out:

Another way to give back is to volunteer at or attend events hosted by one of your local nonprofits.

Structured Networking

If you are looking for more than a one-time deal, you may consider a structured, formal networking group (pay to play). Two popular ones are Business Networking International (BNI) and Le Tip.

Leverage Your History, Profession and More

Your high school and college alma matter have networking potential. The same for your professional association. Heck, there are all kinds of associations. We even found networking events through the International Association of Women.

Remember to Be Strategic

When you’re choosing a networking event to attend, be sure to consider who will be in attendance. Are you looking to meet potential clients? A fabulous referral partner? Both?

Think about life from their perspective and consider whether they would attend the event you’re considering attending. And, don’t over think it! The best thing you can do is to take action. You’re bound to meet someone awesome who knows someone who will be a good referral partner or potential client.

And remember — to be cool as a cucumber, confident and excited, follow our Networking Checklist!

About the Author: Liz Grant

Liz Grant has all kinds of weird stuff in her background, giving her the perfect credentials to be an Artsy Geek copywriter. She’s a Bay Area native, whose parents taught her to think outside the circle. She went to a Zen school, and was once named Child of the Moment. All of the puppet shows and real life characters fired Liz’s imagination. The result is a magical marketing wordsmith, a dating coach and a soon to be semi-famous stand-up comedian.

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