These events are a really valuable way to expand your knowledge, learn from the success of others, attain new clients and tell others about your business. How can networking help you?
Referrals and Increased business: This is probably the most obvious benefit and the reason most business owners decide to participate in networking activities and events.
With a motivated group of business owners comes an abundance of opportunities! There are always lots of opportunities that come from networking and in fact this is where the benefits of business networking are huge!
Business networking can benefit your business in so many ways. It's not WHAT you know, but WHO you know?. This is so true in business. If you want a really successful business, then you need to have a great source of relevant connections in your network that you can call on when you need them.
Having like-minded business owners to talk to also gives you the opportunity to get advice from them on all sorts of things related to your business or even your personal life and obtaining that important work-life balance.
Raising your profile:
Being visible and getting noticed is a big benefit of networking. Make sure you regularly attend business and social events that will help to get your face known. You can then help to build your reputation as a knowledgeable, reliable and supportive person by offering useful information or tips to people who need it. You are also more likely to get more leads and referrals as you will be the one that pops into their head when they need what you offer.
By regularly networking, and pushing yourself to talk to people you don't know, you will get increased confidence the more you do this. This is really important as a business owner, because your business growth is very dependent on talking to people and making connections. Networking is great for people that aren't confident as it really pushes them to grow and learn how to make conversations and lasting connections with people they don't know.
Lastly, this one is more personal related rather than business related, but is a big benefit none-the-less. Many friendships form as a result of networking because (mostly) you are all like-minded business owners that want to grow your businesses, and you meet and help each other regularly, so naturally strong friendships tend to form.
Benefits of Sponsorship:
Business highlighted and logo printed in luncheon program Receive the mailing list of attendees if they would like to follow up with them after the event Free business advertisement on Chamber Website Business logo advertised in Focus Newsletter
Business logo advertised in Bulletin Newspaper Event listed on Chamber website
Able to bring materials and talk about their business in front of all attendees
Cost to Sponsor $100.00