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.

June 17, 2009

Neighborhood Networking is heading south

Filed under: Networking — Tags: , , , — lidia @ 8:00 am

neighborhood-networking-logo-no-tagNeighborhood Networking is teaming up with BBR Chicago and heading to the southside this month…

Join us next Wednesday, June 24th from 5-7:30 pm at Cuatro Restaurant in the South Loop (2030 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago IL). Tickets are $10 in advance ($12 at the door). Purchase tickets here.

Hosted by Lidia Varesco Design & Elizabeth L. Miranda of Mercury Organizing Professionals. For updated information visit the Neighborhood Networking blog.

And don’t forget: business networking events are tax deductible!

May 11, 2009

Network in Lincoln Park tomorrow!

Filed under: Networking — Tags: , , , — lidia @ 8:00 am

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Connect with local businesses or expand your network… join us for Neighborhood Networking!

Tue, May 12th from 5-7:30 pm at Dee’s Restaurant, 1114 W Armitage Ave. Chicago IL

Tickets: $10 in advance ($12 at the door). Purchase tickets in advance here.

Hosted by Lidia Varesco Design & Elizabeth L. Miranda of Mercury Organizing Professionals.

For updated information visit the Neighborhood Networking blog.

May 4, 2009

Quick networking tips from a pro

Filed under: Networking — Tags: , — lidia @ 2:08 pm

Networking is more important than ever nowadays. This Advertising Age article lists five easy networking tips that work from marketer Wenda Harris Millard. It’s a good reminder to do a check-up on your own networking efforts. How are you doing?

  1. Ask lots of questions.
  2. Join the associations—and the committees.
  3. Don’t just go to events; create your own. (insert shameless plug for the next Neighborhood Networking event I’m co-hosting on Tue, May 12th)
  4. Research the crowd.
  5. Be in the right spot.

April 15, 2009

Join us for Neighborhood Networking on Monday!

Filed under: Networking — Tags: , , , — lidia @ 5:12 pm

neighborhood-networking-logo-no-tagJoin us after work on Monday to meet a nearby business owner or make connections in a different neighborhood — as well as sample appetizers from a local favorite for BBQ, Smokin’ Woody’s. Great raffle prizes too!

Mon, Apr. 20th from 5-7:30 pm at Smokin’ Woody’s, 4160 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago IL.

Tickets: $10 in advance / $12 at the door. Purchase tickets here.

Bring lots of business cards and/or promo materials. Share this invite with fellow business owners and friends.

Hosted by Lidia Varesco Design & Elizabeth L. Miranda of Mercury Organizing Professionals

For updated information visit our blog.

March 26, 2009

Network with your (business) neighbors on Tue, Mar. 31

Filed under: Networking — Tags: , , — lidia @ 1:26 pm

neighborhood-networking-logo-no-tagFeel like you’ve met all your local business prospects? Do something valuable for your business: step out of your usual routine and make new connections. Join us after work for Neighborhood Networking in Northcenter. Meet a fellow business owner or make connections in a different neighborhood — as well as sample appetizers from a local favorite, Cafe 28.

This event will be held on Tue, Mar. 31 from 5-7:30 pm at the TEFL Institute, 1910 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago IL.

Tickets: $10 in advance / $12 at the door.

To purchase tickets and get more information: http://www.neighborhoodnetworking.eventbrite.com

Share this invite with fellow businesses and friends.

Hosted by Lidia Varesco Design & Elizabeth L. Miranda of Mercury Organizing Professionals

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