You may have heard of Administrative Professionals Day or Bosses Day, but are you familiar with International Networking Week?
The International Networking Week
starts Feb. 7 and runs through Feb. 11. A business networking organization known as BNI started Networking Week and holds networking events around the world, including in the Tampa Bay region. BNI
in connection with the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce
and the St Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce
will host "Get Connected -- Mix and Mingle After Hours'' on Feb 8 in St. Petersburg.
"The event is open to the public,'' says Tracy Baer of the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce. "We would love to have anybody from one of our organizations, or a non-member to attend."
Baer says the event is a great opportunity for both business owners and job seekers.
"We have a variety of businesses that are represented at these functions, from local small businesses, to executives of larger companies," Baer says. "There is always the possibility of coming across people who know of job openings, or they themselves are looking for someone to add to their staff. Most business owners are looking to expand their opportunities, and this would be a great way to meet potential clients or employees, and to diversify where sources of business are coming from."
To attend the event there is a $15 charge. Appetizers and a cash bar will be available. Tom Fleming
, executive director of BNI, will give a speech on effective networking, including tips and best practices. The event will take place at the Hilton Carillon
at 950 Lake Carillon Drive in St. Petersburg beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 8.
Writer: Kimberly Patterson
Source: Tracy Baer, St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce