Benefits of Building Connections
18 October 2023
Getting to know our local business owners has got to be the best part of my job.
After a couple of successful networking events last year, I made it a priority to hold more in 2023 to get to know local operators, gain a better understanding of the issues they face, and give them the opportunity to expand their networks.
So far this year, I’ve had the pleasure of connecting with more than 40 different businesses at CHDC’s seven networking sessions across the region. These events are informal get-togethers the first Friday night of each month, serving as a monthly meeting point for business owners. There’s no set agenda and no need to introduce yourself in front of the whole group!
It’s been gratifying to see so many guests create new connections and share their highlights, challenges and plans for the future. These new relationships open the door to collaboration, partnerships and future growth, and it’s exciting to think it all starts with a simple introduction after work.
A sincere thank you to the events’ venues – The Capricornian Restaurant, Hops & Vine, Route 66, Tieri Bar and Grill and All About Food Springsure – for their hospitality; and to CQ Inland Port and Local Buying Foundation for partnering with CHDC to host these events.
With that said, this is your last chance to come along in 2023, with our final networking sessions for the year to be held in the coming couple of weeks:
– Friday, 3 November, 5:00pm – 7:00pm, at The Capricornian in Emerald
– Tuesday, 14 November, 11:30am – 1:30pm, at the Capricorn Hotel in Blackwater
– Thursday, 16 November, 11:30am – 1:30pm, at Dooleys Capella
If you still need convincing, here are my top 5 reasons for business networking:
1. Build your brand: By attending these events, you’re showcasing your knowledge and skills, and promoting your brand and image to a broader audience. Engaging in positive interactions with others helps establish rapport, increasing the likelihood of receiving recommendations or securing new opportunities for work.
2. Emotional Support: Cultivating connections with individuals who comprehend the stresses and challenges associated with running a small business can be invaluable for your mental health. Having a strong support system can empower you to stretch your limits and navigate challenges more effectively.
3. Access to new opportunities: Whether you’re in search of new clients, job opportunities or potential investors, networking can serve as the key to opening doors. Establishing connections with individuals beyond your typical network might be the breakthrough opportunity you’ve been seeking.
4. Learning and development: Engaging in networking provides you with the chance to learn from others, enhancing your knowledge and expertise. The most valuable networking often occurs when you connect with individuals who bring a unique perspective to your own.
5. Increased confidence: It can be challenging to promote yourself and discuss your work, but by cultivating meaningful relationships, you can gain greater confidence in your abilities and a sense of security in your business. The more you can invest in networking and interacting with others, the more significant this impact will become.
Please shoot me a quick email to RSVP.
CHDC’s Business Facilitator program is supported by the Local Buying Foundation.