July 21, 2009

Change of office scenery, part 2

Filed under: Networking — Tags: , , — lidia @ 3:04 pm

You have a home office. You’ve made the effort to work outside of your office at least one day a week. Still feeling disconnected? Miss the creative interaction of co-workers? Getting out there and meeting fellow business owners can help.

Where to start? Your local Chamber of Commerce is a great place to link up with like-minded biz folks. Most Chambers host regular networking events as well as business workshops. Another useful group for small businesses in Chicago (of which I’m a member) is Local First Chicago—a network of locally owned, independent businesses and community organizations.

There are also various “leads” groups around town, which offer a business the opportunity to be the only member in their industry represented. For specific business or networking groups,  you can search MeetUp.com. And of course, we recommend Neighborhood Networking, a monthly networking event (which we co-host) that travels to different neighborhoods around Chicago.

A great suggestion mentioned in the comments of a Biznik artcile I posted was coworking, a collaborative work environment. See the article for resources for finding coworking spaces.