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:
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:
- Facebook – How to Create a Facebook Group
- LinkedIn – Getting Started with LinkedIn Groups
- Meetup – How to Start a Meetup Group
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.
Local Networking Groups
Contact your virtual WBC to learn about local networking opportunities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!