Why Network?

Networking is the social aspect of owning a business. It is the creation of relationships that can help you get to where you need to be while also helping others find support in what they are doing.

Benefits of Networking

  • Develop new friendships and strengthen existing relationships
  • Build more confidence in yourself and your business
  • Learn from other people’s unique perspectives and experiences
  • Discover opportunities that match your business goals and values
  • Enjoy the satisfaction of helping others solve problems they’re facing in their businesses

How to Network

Networking can happen any time, anywhere, and anyone can learn to be good at it. Whether you’re a social butterfly or a wallflower, doing a little homework beforehand can make all the difference. Here are some tips to get you started:

Before you go into a social situation, think about what your goal is. Do you want to meet potential customers? Do you want to talk to fellow business owners to generate new ideas? Are you looking for a mentor? Keep that goal in mind throughout the event.
Check community event calendars, your local chamber’s website, social media channels, etc. and look for gatherings that align with your goal. You can also get involved with professional associations and community organizations. It doesn’t have to be a “networking” event in order for you to network.
When someone is talking to you, listen to them. Make eye contact and pay attention to what they’re saying. Don’t spend the whole time thinking about what you are going to say next.
Develop a short introduction for yourself that is between 30 seconds and one minute. It should give the people you meet an idea of who you are, what your business is, and what benefit you or your business can offer them. Remember to keep it simple and don’t try to fit in every detail yourself or your business. Practice it on friends and family until it sounds natural.
Make sure you have several business cards with your contact information on them. When someone gives you their business card, consider taking a moment to write some notes about them on the card so you don’t forget what you talked about.
You might not become an expert at networking over night but you can get a little better at it each time you go to an event. Take some time to think about whether you met your goal and if there is anything you’d like to do differently at the next event.
Send an email or reach on on social media within a few days of meeting a contact. Remind them of where you met and what you talked about. Be helpful and focus on building a relationship.

Networking Groups

Start Your Own Group

The best networking group you can build is with other business owners right in your own area. Here are some ideas of platforms you can use to create a group in your area:

WBC Facebook Page

The best way to connect with other WBC clients is to join the closed WBC Entrepreneur Connection Facebook group. Please click on the link below then request to join the group. Note:  You must be a WBC client in order to join this group.

WBC Facebook Group

Local Networking Groups

Contact your virtual WBC to learn about local networking opportunities.

Brigham Area

Box Elder Chamber of Commerce

Brigham City

Cache Valley

Cache Chamber of Commerce

Logan City

Cedar City

Cedar City Chamber of Commerce

Cedar City

Price City

Carbon County Chamber of Commerce

Price City

Castle Dale City

Emery County Chamber of Commerce

Castle Dale City

Heber Valley

Heber Valley Chamber of Commerce

Heber City

Moab Area

Moab Chamber of Commerce

Moab City

San Juan County

San Juan Chamber of Commerce

Monticello City

St. George Area

St. George Chamber of Commerce

St. George City

Tooele County

Tooele County Chamber of Commerce & Tourism

Tooele City

Vernal Area

Vernal Area Chamber of Commerce

Vernal City

Annual Events

The WBC holds several annual events where women business owners gain additional training, make valuable connections, and show their support for the WBC. To make sure you stay up-to-date on annual events, sign up for our monthly email newsletter.

WBC Newsletter Sign Up

SummerSocial2015_1Women in Business Summer Social

The Business Women’s Forum (BWF) annual summer social held in August is a fundraising event which brings together prominent Utah women for a fun evening of live music, mingling, booths, silent auction, and delicious food all in support of the Women’s Business Center.

Women & BusinessWomen & Business Conference

The WBC’s American Express Women & Business Conference and Wells Fargo ATHENA Awards Luncheon is the primary fundraiser for the Women’s Business Center. A full day of informative breakout sessions and inspirational speakers that recognize the accomplishments of those helping make a difference here in our local community.

Foodtrepreneur PicFoodtrepreneur Festival

The Foodtrepreneur Festival is a celebration of the entrepreneurs who are making Utah more delicious. Local food business owners share their stories, answer questions, and give samples of their products in this inspiring entrepreneurial event.

Pitch Perfect: Master Your 2 Minute Funding Pitch

Learn from Business Pros how to craft the perfect pitch and have the opportunity to practice giving your pitch to get valuable feedback. There will also be a pitching competition with a winner that will be announced while enjoying refreshments and networking. Take your business from fun money to startup funding!