Importance of Networking

Communication and networking are crucial for business

In the age of social media, face-to-face networking is more important than ever. People are more likely to recommend their friends, acquaintances and individuals they’ve met in person for a job than those they’ve only met online. Not to mention, making connections with people and building your network can benefit you in ways you may not even realize for years to come – but one day you will appreciate knowing the people you do who work for certain companies in specific fields different from your own. How do you go about networking if you’ve never started? Luckily, the North Dallas Corridor has a few options to help you get started.

The Town of Addison and the Dallas Entrepreneur Center founded the Addison TreeHouse to be a resource-centered work space for entrepreneurs and small businesses. Throughout the year, the TreeHouse also hosts speakers and events, so you can learn more about business and meet others in the business community. An upcoming event includes the Addison TreeHouse Fireside Chat at 9:30 a.m. on August 4. This is a discussion led by Certified Project Management Professional Matt Brown about business plans and when to use them. Also, Nocturnal: Late Night at the TreeHouse will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on August 15. This is a free co-working event, where you can bring your computer and enjoy fresh coffee, music and space to work (and have the opportunity to meet other entrepreneurs). Find out more information about these events and more online!
Addison, Farmers Branch and Carrollton are all part of the Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce. Membership the Chamber will give you access to luncheons with other members, networking opportunities, business trade fairs, a business referral guide and access to special events held throughout the year. Some of these upcoming events include the Emerging Professionals Happy Hour, which will be held at Antonio Ristorante at 5:30 p.m. on August 10; the Connect Lunch (a networking lunch with other business professionals) held at 11:00 a.m. on August 15; and the 85th Legislative Update and Cookout held at 11:30 a.m. on August 25. More information about these events and memberships can be found online.
Women entrepreneurs in the Corridor can meet and connect with other women if they join the Dallas Women Entrepreneurs group. This organization provides learning tools, events, and social support to help women reach their professional and personal goals. Upcoming events include the Beauty Expo, taking place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on August 12. Meet other female business owners, and enjoy complimentary makeup applications, spa treatments, Reiki, massage, gifts and more! Another event is the Networking Happy Hour, at 6 p.m. on August 23. This is a chance to sip on your favorite cocktail while talking with businesswomen. More information is available online.

Sydni Ellis grew up in the great state of Texas, where she learned to love chips and salsa and hot weather. She has a master’s degree in Journalism from the University of North Texas, and she currently works in the College Communications, Marketing and Outreach office at Richland College. Some of her passions include writing, traveling and re-reading the Harry Potter Series every chance she gets. In the spirit of spontaneity, Sydni lives her life with a pen in one hand and her video camera in the other; ready to capture the next great story.

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