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Why business networking works

By Susan Cady
For The Taos News
Posted 2/27/19

The Taos County Chamber of Commerce produces many networking events and supports our members who provide networking opportunities for businesses. People do business with people they know, especially …

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The Taos County Chamber of Commerce produces many networking events and supports our members who provide networking opportunities for businesses. People do business with people they know, especially in Taos.

Networking becomes a little clearer if we give it a different name: professional relationship building. It's all about getting out there, both on- and offline, meeting people who work in your area, profession or your industry and building a relationship with them.

The goal of networking is to create a professional network. That means a group of professional contacts you know well enough to call in a favor from and for whom you wouldn't object doing a favor.

A purely online connection isn't likely to be especially strong. Whenever you can, look for face-to-face networking opportunities. Besides chamber events and expos, Taos Networking Lunch provides a weekly opportunity to network over lunch on Tuesdays. The Taos Entrepreneurial Network provides unique opportunities for those individuals running their own business. Taos MainStreet offers new collaborative work to the business community in the historic district. By all means, connect online after meeting people, but you'll develop stronger bonds with people you've met in person which is why we encourage attendance at our monthly networking events and expo events.

Other advantages of professional relationship building include that you might find a mentor. If you have a great chat with someone at an event don't be afraid to ask to exchange contact details or to connect online and to ask if you can follow up with them later. You may hear about opportunities that aren't public yet; during our networking events we regularly provide an opportunity for members to share business news. Networking can be a great source of fresh ideas, new perspectives and ideas to help you in your day-to-day job and managing goods and services for your home.

When it's done properly, professional networking can open all sorts of doors. The key is reciprocation: if you're open to helping others, then there's a strong chance they'll help you right back. Embrace this philosophy and your networking could lead to pretty much anything!

Contact the TCCC at taoschamber.com, (575) 751-8800 or email susan@taoschamber.com. The Taos County Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit organization devoted to promoting local businesses.

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