By Betsy Natter

In the midst of setting goals and defining strategies for the new year, conventional wisdom dictates intentionally planning to make new business connections as a means of expanding your personal or company reach. For some that may mean searching out and becoming a member of a local business association or chamber of commerce.

Formal business groups provide the opportunity for business owners and key leaders in organizations to connect with like-minded professionals both within their industries and from area businesses. In turn, fellow association members may be a great resources for accessing support services or referring new customers to your business. Networking within the community not only provides new leads and venues for business growth but also develops professional presentation skills as well as opportunities to work with local leaders in developing the economic success of the community at large.

Here are some of the networking opportunities throughout Montgomery County:

  • Women’s Referral Network:  The Women’s Referral Network of Montgomery County offers both individual and corporate memberships to suit your professional needs. To learn more about the benefits of membership, how to get involved and applications visit our Membership Page
  • Eastern Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce: Located just outside of Philadelphia, the EMCCC is ranked as one of the top chambers in the Delaware Valley, serving over 500 businesses and professionals.
  • The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Montgomery County: The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Montgomery County is very active with a number of different events each month ranging from business development networking activities to educational seminars and community-centric events.
  • Montgomery County Association of Business Women: The Montgomery County Association of Business Women (MCABW) was founded by Carol Gooch in 2005. The mission of this non profit Association is to provide a forum for Montgomery County Business Women to develop and enhance professional and personal relationships with their peers.

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