Networking is the smartest and most valuable use of your time as a business owner. Perth is small. And finding like-minded individuals to connect with can motivate you to go further with your successes, take the plunge into starting your own business or simply expand your industry knowledge. Networking is a game changer, are you taking advantage of it?
Regardless of where you’re at with your business venture, you can never stop learning. Networking provides the perfect opportunity to attain new clients, build a sustainable business and learn from the success (or failures) of others. It’s also essential for raising your profile and gaining great connections and advice.
If you’re looking to grow your business network and market your business here in Perth, it’s vital to keep your finger on the pulse. From large conferences and trade shows to small social gatherings (with drinks and nibbles to entice), there are plenty of opportunities to connect. Here are the best events coming up in 2018 you need to attend:
WA Chamber of Commerce & Industry
CCI is the go-to source for upcoming networking business events. From free sundowners in stunning locations to paid events including quick connect speed-networking series (like speed-dating, but for professional networking instead!), there’s something for every entrepreneur to benefit from.
The team run a great selection of both networking events and training courses for business owners to further their learning experiences. CCI are leading the WA business community, teaching success and connecting you directly with the key decision-makers in your industry. They also offer membership packages suitable for small, medium and large businesses to reap more rewards from.
WA Small Business Development Corporation
Small Business Development Corp is another site to watch for upcoming networking events. Whilst it’s not as comprehensive as CCI, they offer workshop series and hold the WA Regional Small Business Awards. If you’re new to the business world, check out their free Super Tuesday event. This will arm you with all the start-up essentials, from the initial assessment to financing your idea and utilising sales opportunities.
SBDC’s workshops are a good opportunity to network with industry people too. These workshops include all the useful tips to bring your business skills up to speed, but also puts you in front of like-minded connections.
#SMPerth State of Social
For all your social media marketing, content masterclasses and networking needs, #SMPerth is the hot-spot for businesses, brands and anyone with a thirst for connecting! If learning about the latest digital and social media trends is your jam, #SMPerth offers valuable courses to be in the know-how. Their free monthly networking catch-ups are held at a different (and fantastically awesome) venue each time, encouraging professionals and social media enthusiasts to connect with each other in a casual setting.
Perth Networking Luncheon
WA Business News has a busy networking event calendar online. Every month, they feature a networking luncheon which includes a light lunch and a drink at The WA Club in the Perth CBD. The event is a fantastic opportunity to bring your business cards and meet new entrepreneurs locally. The next one will be the 1st March at 12pm ($30).
Construction Industry Drinks and Networking
The Construction Industry Drinks and Networking (CIDN) is an open networking group for people in the construction industry. They put on regular networking events at Stables Bar in Perth, encouraging workers and business owners in the industry to socialise for a few hours by sharing knowledge and information.
These networking events don’t just offer you the chance to connect, but sheds light on the latest construction technologies and what’s coming up too. The event aims to grow and strengthen network relationships, but also prepares you to be a leader in the industry.
SME Association Monthly Events
This not-for-profit baby has been putting on small business events since 2011. Each month, SME Association chooses a new selection of guest speakers to motivate you on your business journey, drinks and nibbles, and an opportunity to connect with others. The site has a lot of good information on for entrepreneurs craving some inspiration, including a business directory and exclusive members section.
Social Business Networking Lunch
Every month, there’s a social business networking lunch for business owners or those looking to break into the industry. These events are ideal for raising your profile, promoting your business, generating leads and networks, and learning the latest tips and tricks of the trade.
How to Promote Your Business Once You’re There
There’s no denying how valuable networking events are. You’re marketing your business and yourself, and best of all you’re creating connections to help inspire you and succeed. These relationships you engage in are paramount for building your credibility and following! But what should you be doing to promote your business once you’re there?
- Be strategic: Research the event before you tag along to determine who will most likely be there. Make sure you seek them out when you’re there!
- Have plenty of stock: Business cards are vital to networking events and most will encourage you to bring at least 20 along. Your business cards should look professional and be printed on quality materials. Without great looking cards to give out to your networks, it’s a lot harder to make a good first impression. Check out these business card ideas to help you stand out from the crowd.
- Look for Opportunities: Is there an opening to present or speak at one of these networking events? If so, take up the opportunity! Speaking at such events is smart for raising your profile, building new business and educating others on what you’ve learnt along the way.
- Connect on LinkedIn: This social platform is necessary to support the connections you make at these events. Make sure you reach out to everyone you meet through LinkedIn and arrange a follow up meeting for any top contacts.