Networking is one of the most requested benefits in the Aurora Regional Chamber and can provide a lifeline of support and business generation for a start-up or small business. It can help improve your business performance, products and staff skills. It can also help you develop knowledge and skills, by providing one-on-one opportunities. You can use networking to boost your reputation and gather new leads. You can raise your business profile by becoming an established and regular networking member, getting your face and your business known in the Chamber. You can meet new people and build mutually beneficial business relationships while at the same time expand your markets by generating new business contacts with potential customers, suppliers and partners.
Networks can also be a key source of information and support. You can compare and discuss issues of common interest, such as, legal and regulatory developments, staff retention, supplier networks, customer service and computerization while at the same time develop and share ideas, innovation and knowledge.
The extent to which you benefit will depend on the events you attend in addition to the services the Chamber partnership offers and how actively you become involved. Some businesses are reluctant to seek advice or get help for fear of being embarrassed or giving a competitor an opportunity to take advantage. However, for most businesses, the benefits of taking an active role in a network usually outweigh any potential concerns or reasons not to network.
Here are just a few ways to get started networking in the Chamber:
- Ribbon Cuttings
- Grand Openings
- Business Development Leads Group
- Progressive Connections
- Coffee & Connections
- Member Lunches
- Seminars & Workshops
- Aurora Area Young Professionals