Networking can mean the difference between staying where you are or growing your business to where you want it to be.
There are networking events taking place all the time in and around your area, you just need to make a point of finding out where they are and showing up with the right strategy in mind. By networking correctly you can form worthwhile business relationships with people in your industry or build new relationships with businessmen and women from other industries.
Connect with other professionals in your industry by joining one of the many networking groups or events listed on the Entrepreneur Magazine website. Choose from academic, online, general, special interest and women’s business networks.
MyGenius is a network that is similar to Facebook and is exclusively for Entrepreneurs and small business owners in South Africa. This platform allows you to connect and collaborate with other entrepreneurs online at no cost. MyGenius allows you to be found, research new opportunities, publish news, interact with other members and even access articles.
Meetup gives everyone the opportunity to find or start a group in their country/area. Meet members who are also in the process of starting or growing a business or find people who share the same interests as you and might be interested in learning more about your business.
Biznetwork is an entrepreneurial platform that offers entrepreneurs the chance to find out more about potential business opportunities and connect with others. It’s quick to sign up and membership is free. As a member you benefit from networking events, advice from industry and business experts and business tools.
BNI believes that the word of mouth process is one of the best ways to cultivate business relationships. BNI operates in a number of different countries, giving you more opportunities to connect and find out about business opportunities. A once off registration fee is required to join the organisation and you can apply online.
Join Inner Circle if you are looking to connect with business owners, directors and decision makers online. Find out about networking events, workshops and training events in your area or browse through their online listings to find a professional for your business or list your own professional services.
The Silicon Cape Initiative is a non-profit organisation that was started by Vinny Lingham and Justin Stanford and aims to bring together talented entrepreneurs, potential investors and technical talent so that together they can create and grow the best global IP start-up businesses. Their regular events will ensure that you are connecting with the right individuals in this sector.
With the right goals in mind networking can be the best way to expand your business by connecting with people, products and services and the Fine Women community enables you to do just that. By joining these events you can not only connect with like minded people but you can also improve your skills with the help of business experts.
Entrepreneurs’ Organisation has been around for 25 years and their branches can be found almost all over the world. As a member 0f EO you get access to tools, resources and events to grow your business and to assist you in becoming a better leader. Along with their events you can also join their online forum, get expert advice from a mentor and attend learning programmes at top business schools.
As a member of Business Networking SA you not only take your business to the next level but you can make sure that you have built enough strong, worthwhile relationships to aid you at any point. At the same time you can build your personal brand and reduce marketing costs because of the exposure that your business will receive through this networking group.