Business attire, coffee, small talk, introductions, name tags, elevator speeches, public speaking.
Most of these things give me a not-so-slight bout of anxiety (not the coffee of course). It can be daunting for someone just starting out in the business world to figure out which group is right for them. This post is here to help. I have written up my best advice for networking and compiled a list below of networking opportunities in the area.
Should you even attend regular networking groups?
Of course! If you have the time networking groups can be a cost-effective way to get the word out about your business.
There is a secret to effectively being a member of a networking group though. That secret is that you don’t just show up, pass out your cards and leave. You should develop RELATIONSHIPS with the people in your group.
Well, even if someone you meet may not ever have a need for your business, they can pass your name to others. You never know how that person sitting next to you can help you out. You just have to get to know them first!
Meeting people and visiting networking groups is a wonderful way to jumpstart your customer base. It really helped put me in front of a lot of people that later turned into lasting friendships and business opportunities.
Networking in Rutherford County
For some people, attending networking events are the highlight of their week. For others not so much.
Luckily here in Murfreesboro, we have many options for you. The below list is fluid and may be edited as I hear from you. It has been compiled in order to give the community what it wants and that is a comprehensive list of business networking opportunities. If you would like your group to be added or need your listing edited shoot me an email.
- Intero Super Tuesday https://www.facebook.com/
- Rutherford Independent Networking Group- Tuesdays, 8 a.m., Cultivate Coworking https://networkingrutherford.
- Murfreesboro Kiwanis Wednesdays, 11:45 at Gondolier Restaurant http://www.
- BNI Wednesday 7 a.m., Lion’s Club http://bnitennessee.com/
chapterdetails.php?chapterId= 7243&t= c31c32827cfb81e2c00027eac69968 d53f3d03ad9252b18d93523395173b e869&name=BNI%20Boro
- Rutherford Business Builders, Thursdays 11 a.m., Parthenon Restaurant http://www.
- Networking Today International Murfreesboro Thursdays 9 a.m. at The Goat, https://www.meetup.com/meetup-
- BNI Thursday 7:30 a.m. First Bank http://bnitennessee.com/
chapterdetails.php?chapterId= 7245&t= 52e46f3bd758cc5a534dd1b8da5417 fd6b1e75221c4d603dca431cb7763a 3308&name=BNI%20Top% 20Producers
- BNI Friday 7:30 a.m. Holiday Inn http://bnitennessee.com/
chapterdetails.php?chapterId= 24403&t= 1b04b643c6b8783f094dd3460ba89f 88d44d3bb05fb87e21b79ae820cd96 1e83&name=BNI+Creating+ Connections
- Murfreesboro Young Professionals http://www.murfreesboroyp.org/
- The Connection hosted by Murfreesboro Pulse and Locally Owned Murfreesboro, Third Thursday 5-7 p.m.
- Moving and Shaking, Smyrna 2nd Monday, 4-7 p.m. Casual Pint, Smyrna http://web.rutherfordchamber.
- Rutherford Cable- 2nd Tuesday of the month, 7:15-9 a.m. Stones River Country Club rutherfordcable.org
- Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce http://web.rutherfordchamber.
- Business Before Hours Second Tuesday 5-7 p.m.
- Business Before Hours Fourth Thursday 7:30 a.m.
- The Pitch
- Round About Rutherford
- Capitol Connection
Ongoing at various times
- Chamber of Commerce Diplomat program http://www.rutherfordchamber.
- Toastmasters 2nd, 4th, and 5th Monday, 7 p.m., http://www.heartoftennessee.
- NASP Second and Fourth Monday 11 a.m., DoubleTree http://www.nashville-nasp.org/
- Queens in Business https://www.meetup.com/Queens-
- Murfreesboro Women in Business https://www.meetup.com/
- Rutherford Integrity Networking Group https://www.meetup.com/
- Network Under 40 Nashville https://networkunder40.com/
- Women and Small Business Social Organized by The Exchange Boutique https://www.facebook.com/
- Rutherford County Black Business Network https://www.facebook.com/groups/rucoblackbiznet/
- Nolensville Business Network https://www.meetup.com/meetup-group-HHRWlcBx/?gj=ej1b&_xtd=gatlbWFpbF9jbGlja9oAJGJiNmMwOTlmLTk0MzUtNGMxNC1hMzNlLTI4NGZiYzQ3YTkwNA
- Business Associates of Murfreesboro https://www.facebook.com/Business-Associates-of-Murfreesboro-BAM-216038401889765/
- Locally Owned Murfreesboro https://
- Downtown Murfreesboro Business Association https://
- Smyrna Independent Merchants Association http://www.simatn.org/
- Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce http://www.rutherfordchamber.
- Rutherford County Hospitality Association https://www.facebook.com/