6 Great Jacksonville Networking Groups to Inspire and Energize You
Networking can be worth so much more than making a sale or landing a new job. n addition to advancing your career or building your business, the right networking group can help you become more involved in your community through volunteering and community service projects. Networking can also help you stay up-to-date with changes in your industry and your local economy, broaden your social circle, and find mentorship opportunities. Networking is what you make of it, and Jacksonville has plenty of great groups out there that could be the right fit for you. Grab a stack of business cards and get out there! (Click here to tweet this list of groups.) entrepreneurs -- who are always some of the busiest people around -- Jacksonville’s Entrepreneur Group offers a unique twist on a networking group. Instead of forcing people to add yet another weekly or monthly commitment to their schedule, the group points members towards some of the best no-obligation networking events going on every month. Jacksonville’s Entrepreneur Group works in conjunction with Mix It Up Networking to help members break out of their networking ruts. Some events, like Mix It Up’s speed networking events, occurs on a regular basis, but the calendar of events offers something new for everyone, including happy hours, craft shows, real estate seminars, wine tastings and other great events to get you out of your comfort zone and in front of some new connections. Membership in the group is free, with varying costs for events on the group’s calendar. Network After Work hosts some of the best-attended networking events in every city they’re in (currently more than 40), and the Jacksonville chapter is no exception. If you want to know where to network in Jacksonville, this is a great place to get started. Events draw large crowds, but the gorgeous venues and casual atmosphere keep the event from feeling intimidating. There’s no ongoing membership cost to attend Jacksonville Network After Work events -- just a $12 fee for each meeting when paid in advance, $20 at the door of the event or $15 at the door with pre-registration. The group holds events once every month, typically toward the end of the month, and they run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. All events include light appetizers from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., as well as a free cocktail before 7 p.m. annual membership rates are $100 per person or $50 for students. Shelby Blanchard Stogner is a freelance copywriter and blogger who helps businesses get the word out about the great work they're doing. Visit her on the web at www.sbscopywriting.com for marketing tips and advice on how your business can benefit from zombies.
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