Updated on July 7, 2021
Starting a small business can be an exciting adventure. When you have a vision and you bring it to life, you get the personal rewards that come with following your passion, not to mention the perks of working for yourself.
However, launching a new business isn’t easy. It takes determination and hard work. In addition, you need to make the right contacts. You may not consider this initially when you start pursuing your dream. Yet, if you’re working to get your company off the ground, you’ll probably need help from others.
Networking can help you build a list of contacts who can offer you the sound advice you need when starting your business. As your company grows, they can also send new clients your way and help you meet people in the community who can get you the exposure every new business needs.
How do you find the right people with whom to network? There are many networking groups across Pennsylvania, especially throughout Harrisburg and Philadelphia. Some may require a fee to join, so be sure to do your research and verify that it’s a group that’ll benefit you. Here are a few networking options you can consider when starting a business in PA.
Your first step in entrepreneurial networking should be to reach out to your local or regional chamber of commerce. These groups have many members who meet regularly for mixers, information sessions, and other special events. You’ll meet potential collaborators as well as your competition, both of which could prove valuable as your company grows.
Several groups in Central PA offer opportunities to network, including one for women only:
There are a number of specialized networking groups in Philly. If you’re seeking more generalized groups and events, you may want to try:
While Philadelphia and Harrisburg represent large metro regions in Pennsylvania, you can also find local groups in many different areas.
Whether you’re starting a new business or your startup has moved past the early stages to an established business, you can benefit from networking with others to find more opportunities. And remember, if you need help funding your business, you can reach out to us to discuss business credit or Small Business Administration loans.
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