By Betsy Natter
In the midst of setting goals and defining strategies for the new year, conventional wisdom dictates intentionally planning to make new business connections as a means of expanding your personal or company reach. For some that may mean searching out and becoming a member of a local business association or chamber of commerce.
Formal business groups provide the opportunity for business owners and key leaders in organizations to connect with like-minded professionals both within their industries and from area businesses. In turn, fellow association members may be a great resources for accessing support services or referring new customers to your business. Networking within the community not only provides new leads and venues for business growth but also develops professional presentation skills as well as opportunities to work with local leaders in developing the economic success of the community at large.
Two local chamber groups are making it easy to get started and connected as they host “get to know us” sessions for new and prospective members. The Lower Bucks Chamber of Commerce is hosting a free “Get Acquainted with Your Chamber” luncheon on Tues., Jan. 23 beginning at noon. The event will provide opportunities for networking with other members and hearing about the programs and committees within the chamber. Registration for the luncheon can be made by clicking here.
Similarly, the Central Bucks Chamber of Chamber is hosting a free New Member Orientation on Wed., Feb. 7 from 8:30 to 9:30 am at their Doylestown office. New members can learn about the chamber’s programs, services and how to get the most of their membership by getting involved. Contact the chamber for additional information.
Other opportunities for networking exist throughout Bucks County as well. Many towns and communities have their own small business associations that are geared toward encouraging business growth directly within their own small communities. For a listing of these organizations, visit Bucks County’s Small Business Resources page on their website. Other special interest or industry based organizations may also be of interest. Check out a few of them listed below:
- Artists of Yardley
- Delaware River Towns Chamber of Commerce
- Bucks County Professional Network
- Professional Business Network of Bucks County
- Sisters U
Or, sign up to e-connect on Bucks County Community College’s new Virtual Incubator.