Networking crucial to local businesses

By Laura Deans - Contributing columnist

Networking – I believe it to be one of the most important tools for businesses to make contacts and reach potential customers.

It takes more than just passing out your business card to as many as possible then to sit back and wait for the clients to come, it is all about building relationships. Many experts say that networking is no longer optional, it is a crucial skill. The Chamber is here to help and offers over 70 networking opportunities each year. Ranging from intimate Member of the Week’s to the annual banquet with over 400 in attendance — networking is crucial.

Thank you to Performance of Clinton, located on 605 Warsaw Road, for hosting one of these networking opportunities on Thursday, Oct. 8 from 5:15-7 p.m. Chamber members were encouraged to take advantage of this great relationship-building opportunity, and were invited to bring their business cards for a door prize drawing while enjoying delicious hors d’oeuvres and relaxing music and entertainment by a new Chamber member, Surge Media.

The networking continues each Monday with Member of the Week, the second Thursday of each Month with Business after Hours, ribbon cuttings, and one of our newest networking opportunities, the Business Expo in November.

This year, on Nov. 5, from 1:30-8 p.m., our local businesses are invited to set up an expo style booth to showcase their business. I want to highlight the next Business after Hours as it is not only an opportunity to expand your client list and network, but also a chance to meet each of our members as this special Business After Hours will be held at our Business Expo, located in the Sampson County Exposition Center. Over 80 new businesses and organizations have become a part of the Chamber during the past year. We encourage you to come out to the Business After Hours from 5:30-7:30 p.m., hosted by Liberty Hospice, Mary Gran, and Southwood Nursing Centers and visit each booth to learn about their business, enjoy light refreshments, door prizes, and much more. Bring your business card and let the Chamber work for you.

If you are interested, I encourage you to go ahead and give us a call at 910-592-6177 or e-mail Showcase your business, bring your business card, and build those relationships- it makes a difference.

Laura Deans is executive director of the Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce.

By Laura Deans

Contributing columnist

Laura Deans is executive director of the Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce.

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