As adults it can be tricky introducing yourself to new people. The skill that came so naturally as kids doesn’t seem to translate to adulthood very well. Now small talk is scary and we tend to keep our ideas and opinions closer to the vest. Maybe it’s because we are living in a more politically correct society which translates into paranoia of tripping over an invisible social landmine.
Whatever the case, most of us need help to connect – especially business owners.
To help with this cause, Business in Niagara has made a commitment to hosting a networking group once a month. The group was started online in 2008 but just in the last couple of years have transitioned into helping people connect face to face. Growing strong, this Niagara community has gained a substantial following and their meet-up group is already totalling over 160 members.
Business in Niagara has a simple mandate: to help connect, promote and support local businesses.
This mandate is carried through in their altruistic approach to these meetings. With generous door prizes and no cover charge, the only request they make is to support their location sponsor (Wildfire Grillhouse & Lounge) by purchasing a beverage or two while you enjoy the event.
Business in Niagara uses the tagline: “Meet, Tweet and Grow Your Business Relationships”. With no hidden agenda, BiN has firmly focused on connecting the people behind their business and making sure everyone is supported and it is always great when a community that has been building and communicating online gets a chance to meet in person.
With a little of their history and goals, you can easily see why Dan and I attended the January’s event. For any business owner who is seeking out opportunities or connections, meeting new people and learning how you can grow together is paramount to the success of your business.
James is creator of Business in Networking Groups Social Fusion Networking and RoseAnn Waters is the Executive Director of BiN (Business in Niagara) and they were perfect hosts. The event location, Wildfire Grillhouse, was conducive to a relaxed but professional discussion. I would highly recommend joining their meet-up group and attending the next event to see for yourself. Most of the night is spent freely talking with each other but a small portion is dedicated to a quick speech and door prize raffle.
Business isn’t just about making money, it’s about meeting people. When you strip away the cold cash, you see that there is a face behind every purchase decision. That person, that decision-maker, is ultimately responsible for your future as a business. Wouldn’t you like to get to know that person? Wouldn’t you like to build and compound on that first ‘hello’?
We are people and as such, we need interaction to thrive. Business in Niagara is a perfect gateway and partnership for your business.
Business in Niagara Group
The Business in Niagara open networking group is part of the “Business In” networking group which started online in 2008 with a simple mandate – help connect, promote and support local businesses.
As of January 2013, BiN will meet on the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 5-7pm at Wildfire. There’s plenty of parking on-site and it’s free!