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Networking for Growth

Networking for entrepreneurs and small business owners is happening all over, offering a number of opportunities to plug in to the community. Before you go to that next networking event, consider the following tips:

  1. Be Prepared: Think about who you want to meet at the event. Have a plan, and ask others who will be at the same event to help you meet the people on your list. Think about what you want to say. You'll find tips on how to develop an elevator pitch at Business Know How.
  2. Be Easy to Talk to: Listen to what others have to say. Have a positive, upbeat attitude. Wait for the right opening to enter into others' conversations.
  3. Be Ready to Follow Up: Once you've made a connection, don't lose it. Phone or e-mail promising contacts the following day. If you promise to provide something, do it.
  4. Making the Most of Social Media: Successful social networking demands professionalism as well as a heightened sense of self-awareness and value. Check out Ten Tips for Start-Up Social Media Success.

Check out the Events Calendar for upcoming networking opportunities.

2019 Small Business Development Program – GROWTH By Design hosted by Baltimore City Department of Public Works

  • Dates: 10 – 10 Sep, 2019
  • <strong>Location:</strong> Baltimore, MD
  • <strong>Address:</strong> 3501 Hillen Road
  • <strong>Contact:</strong> Vashti E. Pyatt
  • <strong>Email:</strong> <a href='mailto:sbd@baltimorecity.gov'>sbd@baltimorecity.gov</a>
  • Website: https://publicworks.baltimorecity.gov/smallbusinessdevelopment
  • <strong>Phone:</strong> (410) 433-2400
The 11-week training program includes topics such as pre-qualification and certification as a M/WBE company, contract administration, estimating and bidding, scheduling, and more. The program is designed to assist local M/W0BEs in becoming contract-ready for more than $3 billion in utility construction work, including Consent Decree sewer rehabilitation and replacement, and capital improvements under drinking water, stormwater and wastewater programs. Enrollment is open now through Friday, August 30, 2019 Classes in session: Tuesday, September 10 – Thursday, November 21, 2019