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Networking As A Critical Small Business Tool: Why, How, Where

Thursday, January 20, 2022 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
  1. Why network?
    1. Customers
    2. Support
    3. Inspiration
  2. How do I network?
    1. Ask questions
    2. Offer help
    3. Praise the work of others
    4. Volunteer to speak about your business
    5. Hand out information (business cards, etc)
  3. Where do I network?
    1. Community events:  dinners, farmers’ markets, kids’ games, craft fairs, etc.
    2. Business events:  mixers; before and after meetings of business groups; workshops, while you do business with others
    3. Business associations:  Merced County Hispanic Chamber, Valley Girl Network, MBX, etc.
    4. Online:  join Facebook forums, have a Facebook page (that you ask your friends to join), have an Instagram account, join online business groups such as Alignable and Linkedin
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