Post by Karen Lombardo, Owner of Put Another Way, LLC.
Building a strong business network is critical to long term success. When I say ‘success,’ I mean both personal and professional success. Interacting in your community both socially and professionally builds an awareness of the issues that exist right here at home. Often times, you can combine your professional activities by volunteering or networking at a community event.
Here are 5 things you can do to build your network and expand your horizons within your community.
Get out there!
Think a little outside the box. Sign up for a community walk. Volunteer with our 2019 Adopted Nonprofit, Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York. There are so many ways you can help them and in the process, help yourself and the community too.
I absolutely love being a Chamber Ambassador! Ambassadors provide a valuable member-to-member link, understanding and responding to member needs. This committee actively assists members to be better informed about our Chamber’s work as well as opportunities to participate in Chamber programs
Tech Valley Young Professionals Network (YPN)
A workforce development initiative, YPN helps connect, develop, and empower young professionals. It offers professional development, networking, and civic engagement opportunities to ensure a strong talent pipeline in Tech Valley. The council serves as a catalyst to connect, develop, and empower young professionals.
There is still time! Be a mentor. The Executive Mentorship Program, presented by our Young Professionals Network (YPN), connects ambitious young professionals with high-level business leaders to support each other’s professional and personal development.
With so many committees, programs and events, there is sure to be something that strikes a chord. The Women’s Business Council promotes the full participation and leadership of women at all levels in the workplace, the community and government. The WBC develops programs that provide opportunities for women to learn and network as well as share their expertise with each other and to address the unique issues of women in business.
Reach out to someone new
Networking can be scary and intimidating but it does not have to be. The more you do it, the easier it becomes. Entering a new event in a large room? Look for someone standing alone and say, “Hi! My name is ….” Ice is now broken; the door is open, and you are off and running.
Find something here that intrigues you? Great! Reach out to us at the Women’s Business Council (WBC) and contact Marna via E-mail Marna Redding or call 518.431.1421 to learn more!
PS and if you see me at an event, c’mon over and say hello!