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The climate is always right for business networking in Palm Beach County!
As Palm Beach County’s official economic development organization, the Business Development Board (BDB) supports entrepreneurship in Palm Beach County in many different ways, including business networking. As more and more business networking interactions move into the virtual world, business
networking has fundamentally continued to be all about communication.
Even though technology is changing up business networking industries left, right, and center, the business of communication hasn’t really changed. Online networks continue to grow successfully and help many of their members, however, few things can beat a good old fashioned, hand shaking, face-to-face meeting when it comes to generating business- and business-related networking.
The Business Development Board is a private, not-for-profit corporation founded in 1982 by the Chamber of Commerce, the Economic Council, and other business leaders. The Business Development Board is designated by the State of Florida and The Palm Beach County Commission as Palm Beach County's official economic development organization. At The Business Development Board, we know that networking is more than just showing up to an event and expecting business to come your way. Business networking and establishing good contacts and connections does require a little “work,” and also finesse. Having the right professional contacts can help you expand your business and open the door to new opportunities in Palm Beach County. One of the best ways to meet those contacts is by attending organized business networking events.
At The Business Development Board, we aim to attract and retain business investment through corporate relocations, expansions, and international trade; and provide marketing support and business networking services through a paid membership organization that partially funds our economic development services. During the many decades we have been providing these services, we have noticed many ways to make the most out of your business networking experience in Palm Beach County:
Know Your Business Networking Message: When you start to think about your interactions as conversations and not monologues, you realize that you want to be clear on the information you are going to share with people before they walk away. Explain what you do and who you help in one sentence. How can your networking message be concise, clear, actionable, and fun? Do you have a story to share to make you and your work interesting and engaging?
Practice Good Listening: One of the best business practices is learning the art of listening. Listen to people you meet, react, reflect, and ask questions. Business networking in a new location is about learning about the people you meet and over time helping them if you can.
Offer Help or Get Involved: When you listen and learn, consider ways you might be able to help. It’s not a sales pitch but rather a genuine thoughtful character trait, done in a non-threatening way. You can also see what you can do to get involved and contribute to the event, future networking, and the organization.
Connections Are Key: Make eye contact, be open and inviting, and the kind of person who is approachable and appropriate. Being a connector is also great fun and will very quickly get you connected to other groups that have surely formed at the event.
Plan Your Follow Ups: Business outcomes from business networking usually takes place through follow up, follow through, and staying in touch! Initiating another meeting or at least a phone call with those you meet when it makes sense and exchanging business cards is vital to good communication.
Smile: Last but not least remember to smile! We know you heard it so often during your childhood and yet the same premise still holds true; smiling makes it easier for people to connect with you because you are more open and welcoming, your smile is an authentication that will go a long way toward that positive first impression.
At the Business Development Board, we believe we can make a difference in our community by constantly strengthening our existing businesses one at a time, bringing fresh ideas and fresh companies into Palm Beach County to accelerate our knowledge-based economic future with high-wage and high-tech jobs. Business networking helps in implementing new initiatives that support the fabric of our success with workforce leaders, educators, chambers, county commissioners, and municipalities as our partners. If you would like more information about what we do or how to get involved with BDB, call us today!