Ten tips for successful networking:

1. Always bring your business cards.

2. Be yourself- networking is about being genuine.

3. Develop a 15 second elevator pitch on who you are and what you do.

4. Set a goal of meeting at least 5 new people at each event.

5. Visit events and groups that really spark your interest.

6. Ask open-ended questions.

7. Follow-up quickly and efficiently.

Have questions about any of these events? Contact Trina Anderson at trina@iChamber.biz. If she can't help you, she knows someone who can.

Networking Events

The Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to growing your network. We offer monthly opportunities for members to share ideas, contacts and most importantly, business referrals.

Membership Luncheons – Monthly

Each luncheon consists of a sponsor, key speaker and lunch buffet. With around 100-120 in attendance each month, it is an excellent opportunity to touch base with a significant number of business community members. Not only will you build solid connections, but luncheons are held in venues like Arrowhead Stadium, the Truman Library, and Ophelia's Restaurant. Positive atmospheres, tasty meals, valuable connections, and top-notch speakers; what else could you need? 

Business After Hours

It's social. It's networking. And all your contacts will be there. Business After Hours is one of our most popular networking activities and is held all over the metro - sponsor's choice. The hours are typically 4:30 – 6:00pm with food and beverages provided by the sponsor. With its social atmosphere and quality contacts, Business After Hours is the place to strengthen your network.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies - As Needed

Celebrating member successes is one of the most rewarding parts of a Chamber's job. Showing your support for fellow Chamber members' successes is one of the leading ways to build lasting relationships. You'll always want to be there. 

Eastern Jackson County Business Expo – April

The Eastern Jackson County Business Expo is one of the largest networking events the Independence Chamber of Commerce hosts. Located at the Independence Events Center, almost 100 exhibitors participate in this event. Since the goal of the Business Expo is to generate leads, exposure and sales, it is made for networking. Plus, the event is a collaboration with 7 other Chambers of Commerce in Eastern Jackson County. For businesses, this is a must-attend event.

Lifestyle Expo – October

The Lifestyle Expo is held at the Independence Center. This event hosts over 30 exhibitors that promote their company, products or services. The event generally runs from 9:00am – 1:00pm while taking advatage of the organic foot traffic in the mall. Exhibitors may purchase half tables (3’) for $45 or $80 for a full table (6’), which makes it one of the most affordable vendor events around.

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