St. Louis Networking for Businesses
Networking can make a huge impact on any business. In the St. Louis area, there is no shortage of networking events to choose from. Not sure how to find these networking events and meetings? Well, here are a few tips.
Take a look at Eventbrite. Many organizations list their events on Eventbrite, especially the events that require a ticket. Check it out to see if there might be an opportunity for networking near you.
If you’d like to look at something a little more comprehensive, then go to The Business Networking Calendar. The site lists both nonprofit and for-profit networking events and meetings. And, if you know of an event that’s not listed, you can let them know.
Another often overlooked resource for finding public events is Facebook. On the top left of your Facebook page, there’s a spot where you can click “Events.”
Once you click that, you’ll see events that you’re friends on Facebook are going to, public events near you, and events suggested for you as well as a spot for you to choose different categories of events.
If you’re using the mobile app, then things will look slightly different. Start by clicking the three lines to the top right of your News Feed once the app is open. Then, you’ll see something like this.
See the red icon that looks like a calendar? That’s events. Touch that and then you can begin to explore events in your area.
St. Louis Area Chambers
Google “St. Louis Area Chambers of Commerce” and you’ll discover a long list of the area chambers. Take a look at their websites, give them a call. Chances are there are events that are open to non-members that you could attend.
Additionally, getting connected with your local Chamber of Commerce can open the door to so many possibilities. Be sure to check it out.
Check out the St. Louis Regional Chamber, too. There is a page that lists area events.
St. Louis Networking Organizations
The bonus to finding events on Facebook is that it makes it easier to find future events, too. Once you’ve found an organization you love, you can easily follow their events on Facebook. Start by going to their Facebook Page.
If you’re on a mobile phone using the Facebook app, their page will be set up similarly to this one in the image. To subscribe to be notified of any new event created by this organization or business, simply touch the area where it says “POSTS” and “PHOTOS” and drag your finger to the left.
The result is that the EVENTS tab should now be highlighted and look a little something like this.
Next, just touch the “SUBSCRIBE” button. Then, the next time the organization creates an event, you’ll receive a notification.
Subscribing to a St. Louis area networking group also ensures that they know you’re interested. They’ll receive a notification that someone has subscribed, and they’ll see your name there.
So, not only are you sure to make the next event, but you’ve already made your first point of contact. It’s a step in the right direction.
If you’re feeling adventurous, Facebook’s search feature to search for a St. Louis networking event suited to your business.
For example, you could search for an event meant for eco-friendly businesses. Or, take a look at the startup events. You just never know what you might find.
St. Louis Networking At Its Best
Remember, no matter where you go to network, it’s about building relationships. There doesn’t need to be a mad dash to hand out as many business cards as possible, because that really won’t net you a bigger network. Instead, pick a few people to really get to know. Spend time listening to them and interacting.
The Real Results of Networking
When I started my business and began networking, it was a super intimidating process (this is coming from an introvert). But it was incredibly valuable to me in so many ways. Not only did I meet potential clients, but I also used the opportunity to further refine how I presented myself and my business. I found a sense of community, and I was so glad to be around those who understand what it’s like to be a business owner.
So, even if the thought of going to a networking meeting makes the nerves start trembling a bit, remember all that you’ll learn from the experience makes it worth it.
Meet the author of this post, Mindy Schoeneman. She is a copywriter, SEO content marketer, marketing consultant, and the owner of Sincerely Me. Learn more about Mindy.