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Small Business Networking Groups
Open groups – These groups do not have exclusive “seats” and are either free to attend or have very minimal fees for meetings.
The Cary Leads Group has weekly meetings at Hope Community Church - Raleigh Campus Thursdays, 9:45 -11:00 AM. Meetings start at 10 AM and everyone gets a turn to introduce themselves and their business. Bring elevator speech and sense of humor -- they provide coffee. First meeting is free, after that it’s $3. For more information, visit: caryleadsgroup.net
Chapel Hill Leads
This dynamic group was established in 1998, and affiliated with the Chapel Hill- Carrboro Chamber of Commerce. If you visit, be sure to bring your elevator speech and a notebook. They meet Wednesdays at 8-9:30 AM at the American Legion Post 6 in Chapel Hill. For more information, visit http://www.chapelhillleads.com
Apex Small Business Network
ASBN meets every Tuesday morning at the Apex Chamber of Commerce located at 220 N Salem Street in Historic Downtown Apex, NC from 9:00am to 10:00am. Find information at: http://www.apexsmallbusinessnetwork.com
Business and Beers -- Meets in the evening at varied locations (that sell beer, of course) around the Triangle area. You can find this group on Meetup.com
Groups with "Seats" and Memberships
Triangle Referral Team
This group meets the first and third Thursday of the month in Apex from 8 to 9:15 am. They also host a happy hour social event the fourth Wednesday of the month from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm for more relaxed, casual conversations. For more information, go to Meetup.com or the website: https://www.trianglereferralteam.com/
Triangle B2B Networking
For business owners and sales professionals that target other small to medium size businesses. Meetings are held in Raleigh in a central location. It's an independent business group, visitors welcome. For more information, visit https://www.meetup.com/Triangle-B2B-Feed-the-Lead-Networking-Meetup/events/
BNI is one of the best-known names in business networking groups. Some people have great results, but also pay significant membership and meeting fees. There are many chapters in the area; it’s a good idea to check and see if there is an open “seat” for your business area before visiting a group. For more information on groups in your area, go to http://trianglebni.com
Women's Networking Groups
WIN – Women in Networking (WIN)
These groups empower women business owners and female entrepreneurs to exchange customer referrals & leads, share knowledge and offer support for professional growth and prosperity. There are locations all over the Triangle, to find one, go to http://win-nc.com
Women’s Power Networking, also called Coffee and Contacts
Also offers networking and support for female business owners. There 9 groups in the Triangle area. To find one near you, go to: http://www.womenspowernetworking.com/index.php/coffee-contacts-chapters
Tech and Start-up Oriented Groups: These groups feature presentations from start-up businesses. There are chances to network before and after the presentations.
Triangle Tech Breakfast – RTP Frontier or Hunt Library at NC State Centennial Campus
At this monthly breakfast get-together, techies, developers, designers, and entrepreneurs share learn from their peers through show and tell / show-case style presentations.
Find this group on Meetup.com, on their website techbreakfast.co or Facebook facebook.com/techbreakfast
1 Million Cups -- http://www.1millioncups.com/rtp
1 Million Cups is a free, national program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. Every Wednesday at 9 am, entrepreneurs present their startup companies, answer questions, and learn how this active community can help support their businesses.
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