A great way to gain new customers is to attend Long Island networking events. There are many local groups that hold events that you can attend to meet other local entrepreneurs and business people looking to expand their customer base. Some groups hold regular meetings while others are more focused on special events with guest speakers and attendees. When attending events, it is important to bring business cards with you – I can’t tell you how many events I’ve been to where I’ve met great people who forgot their business cards! Here are a few local groups dedicated to helping Long Island businesses grow.
Fortune 52 Beverly Fortune, COO of The Long Island Press, writes a weekly column honoring a local woman who has done amazing things. A quarterly FREE networking event is held to honor these women, with attendance averaging over 500 people Event locations vary and sponsorship opportunities always exist to support local businesses.
The Long Island Way Founded by Donna Cariello, The Long Island Way provides an avenue for businesses and non-profit organizations to form beneficial relationships. Past networking events have focused on direct cause marketing and other relevant topics.
The Independent Business Woman’s Circle Launched in 1999, the IBWC set out to become a social network where entrepreneurial women who recognize the benefit of making time to leave the office to meet new, like-minded people could network. Monthly lunch meetings are held in the western Nassau County area.
Long Island Entrepreneur’s Meetup Group Local entrepreneurs meet monthly and form long lasting business relationships. Founder Yvonne Osinga-Bisk keeps members updated on local networking events and member accomplishments through a great blog and e-newsletters.
Don’t forget to check out your local Chamber of Commerce. Most towns have their own chamber that holds community events at which local businesses can gain new customers. You can visit your chamber’s website to find a list of local businesses who are members, which is a great way to do your own personal networking.
Do you have a great Long Island networking event that you attend or have attended in the past? Let us know about it in the comments below or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.