How to Commit to a Networking Group: 3 Reliable Criteria

Can I Afford This?

Is it Worth it?

  • You enjoy going to meetings and the group of people you’re with during meetings. (This includes that meetings happen at times you’re available and enjoy being awake.)
  • You get something out of the meetings merely by attending. (e.g. motivation, insight, camaraderie, etc.)
  • You get connections to peers & prospective clients

Finding Networking Groups

  • Find a local chapter of BNI
    If you have entrepreneurial friends, they might be able to guest you in to check out their chapter. Or, use BNI’s handy find a chapter tool.
  • Find a local chamber of commerce
    Google “chamber of commerce” or “business in” and your city name. In larger cities replace your city name with a neighborhood, ethnicity, or identity. You might find there’s a business group focused specifically on that area. If your business isn’t restrained by geography, feel free to look outside the bounds to find a group you like. (For example, I’ve discovered that I enjoy the events at the Thurston County Chamber of Commerce!)
  • Search MeetUp or Eventbrite
    Networking has got to be one of the most prolific event types on these sites. Not every search result will be a good fit, but there will be options!
  • Check professional organizations for your industry
    If you don’t know of one off the top of your head, search for “professional organization for” and your industry. You’ll probably find one. They probably throw events. And you might even enjoy them. You’ll only know if you try it out!

Maggie’s VIP List

  • Seattle Entrepreneur Networking Community (SENC)
    This group focuses on creating genuine relationships with people from a variety of backgrounds and industries. Their events are low-key and usually well attended while not being too many people.
  • Coffee Tawk
    Based in a Facebook group but with virtual events too. This group is self-described as a place for sassy-mouthed womxn and femme business owners to let it all hang out.
  • Introvert-Friendly Network (IFN)
    These uniquely designed online events save participants from large crowds and constantly-on video cameras. Great for introverts and extroverts alike!

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Maggie is a business coach who helps launch and grow self-employed businesses. Learn how she could help you at https://www.maggiekarshner.com/

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Maggie Karshner

Maggie Karshner

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Maggie is a business coach who helps launch and grow self-employed businesses. Learn how she could help you at https://www.maggiekarshner.com/