As your career moves on from an entry-level position or whether you are just looking to make an impact on the business side of things in your community, you should be attending Sacramento business networking events. It is only to benefit your business and is meant to connect you with the right people.
At the same time, if you are trying to sell your products or services at these professional networking events, you may want to consider what type of event you are going to. You truly get what you pay for when it comes to these types of events. The more you spend, the more potential there is for your success.
When we first started in Sacramento, we visited many of these networking events and positioned ourselves as the SEO experts. Below are the best networking companies, and we recommend attending as a growing company with an entrepreneurial mindset.
1. Network After Work
Network After Work is a very inviting event. You will find tons of small business owners looking for potential clients and Sacramento business partners. All the guests are very personable and friendly. A majority of the events are at a bar – which breaks the ice right away. Their website is always up to date with the latest and upcoming events.
WeMeet is currently hosted by Sotheby’s International Realty based in Sacramento. Both organizations’ primary goal is to build connections among the guests attending. You can find these events hosted all across Sacramento. The events by WeMeet are typically free to attend. You can find more info on their events on the Meetup website.
3.Sacramento Speed Networking
This event works a lot like “Speed Dating” without dating. It’s an opportunity to meet other aspiring entrepreneurs and other business professionals. The people you can meet here can vary from a real estate agent to a medical professional to an expert in finance. This gives you an even greater opportunity to show the person across from you how you can benefit them. Sacramento Speed Networking typically charges $20-$30 for tickets. You can usually find their listing at Eventbrite.
4. Rockstar Connect
This networking event is typically in Granite Bay, Roseville, or Rocklin just outside of Sacramento. This event gives you quite a bit of time to mingle with attendees. What makes this event stand out is there are no speakers there that you, as a guest, are obligated to listen to. The majority of people are not there to sell you something; the goal is to build a connection beneficial to your business. Attendees are always encouraged to buy a drink from the bar to break the ice and put their best foot forward for the venue hosting. Tickets are free; however, you do need to register on the website distributing the tickets. You can find tickets for this networking event at Eventful.
5. Sacramento Metro Edge Events
Sacramento Metro Edge is an agency whose mission is to build connections and share advice with the young professional crowd. All of the members that are part of Sacramento Metro Edge come from different areas of Sacramento and backgrounds alike. Its members come from business and nonprofit companies. Their recommendation is to step outside your comfort zone when it comes to networking. You can find events hosted by Metro Edge on their website. They give you an option to sign up for a membership with them or purchase tickets for the hosting event.
What to Bring to Sacramento Networking Events
1. Business Cards
You bring a business card to make a genuine connection with your potential client. Engaging with your potential client and handing them your card is where this business relationship can begin. Make sure that the business card you bring stands out. You can find business cards that make a great first impression at Limelight Promo.
2. A Positive Attitude
This is key when you go to a networking event. Your attitude and body language reflect the type of person you are, especially when it comes to business. People can always tell if you are engaged or just going through the motions to get through an event. Always be curious about who these people are, and they will do the same for you as you talk about your company.
3. Your Promotional Products
When you meet someone who could use your services, bringing what is more than necessary can significantly impact a potential client. For example, imagine having multiple items to hand your potential client and being unsure of what to give them. At the same time, make sure those documents and promotional materials are organized. Make sure to keep those materials in one place before you get to the event. You never want to look too distracted with multiple things in your hand.
Questions for Instinct Marketing
If you are an aspiring entrepreneur or growing a Sacramento business, you can always reach us on our contact page. We would be more than happy to help you walk through the process of going to a professional networking event. If you feel your business is fit for a digital marketing campaign, we are here to guide you through that process.