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6 unique places to network and make connections

With so many places to network, it is hard to keep this list short at 6 unique places. Thankfully, as long as you have a few key materials as well as confidence, networking can lead to strong connections for you and your business.

Printing 100-500 business cards can make a huge difference by capturing the interest of other business owners and consumers looking for products or services similar to yours. Keep on reading to learn more about networking and the unique places you can potentially make these connections.

Why is Networking Beneficial for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs?

Networking is beneficial for small businesses and entrepreneurs because it brings people and ideas together. A small business cannot thrive without a strong audience and customer base. The best way to grow this customer base is by networking. But where do you go to network? Listed below are about six different places that you can go to network and grow your business or service.

Coffee Shops

Coffee shops are a great place to meet people because of how calm and large the shops are. There is no one target audience for coffee shops, meaning you could meet a lot of different types of people working in many industries. 

When you meet people in a coffee shop, start a casual conversation and listen to them. After you start a casual conversation that is directed towards them, it is a good idea to bring business cards that have your contact information including websites and portfolios for your company, product, or service.

Niche-Related Conventions

Niche-related conferences and conventions are another wonderful way to meet people, especially those who are already in your industry. Sometimes growing your company is not about getting more customers but about making stronger connections between competitors and common companies.

At these conventions, the main function is to meet other like-minded people that are interested in similar ideas. You never know who you will meet at these conventions, so it is good to always bring your business cards and a smile on your face. Don’t forget to reach out to people after the convention so that they remember your name. 

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Social Media Sites

The digital world is only going to continue to grow, thankfully social media websites exist which connect millions of people every day. There are dozens of social media sites to choose from, but it is good to enroll and frequently post on multiple social media websites at once. This can grow your potential customer base. 

The good thing about social media websites, is that customers and interested consumers can reach out to you and you could reach out to them. You can also comment back and forth, but always do so respectfully as social media websites are public.

Job Fairs

Even if you are not interested in hiring multiple people for your company, it is still good to attend job fairs. Not working at a job fair is easier than other locations because a big purpose of job fairs is to get to know both applicants and companies that are hiring for different industries.

If you have a choice, try to look for a job fair or conference that is related to your topic as much as possible. It is good to form connections with companies that I’m not in your industry because you never know when you can create a joint venture with different organizations.

Alumni Events

If you graduated from a college or university that has an alumni program, we recommend using these events as much as possible to grow your small business or product/service. When you attend an alumni event, you already have a connection which is the program that you completed. This makes it easier to interact with them as there are common interests.

Charities or Volunteer Opportunities

When attending a charity or volunteer opportunity, you can also use this to grow recognition for your small company. Speak to the organizers and give your business card and any additional information about your company especially if it pertains to the volunteer opportunities purpose.


To conclude, networking is a wonderful opportunity to grow connections and increase the amount of interested consumers and your product or service. There are many ways that you can network including going to coffee shops, conventions, using social media, job fairs, alumni events, and charities or volunteer opportunities. At the end of the day though, you can technically network anywhere even from the comfort of your home.

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