Networking is a beautiful thing!  I belong to several businesswomen’s professional groups, all of which have benefited me in one way or another.  I have also been happy to return the favor and help others through these groups also.  Women are natural networkers – we support each other, we learn from each other, we share our business trials and tribulations and we introduce people who might be able to do business together.

I belong to two local women’s business groups.  SBPWN is the Smithtown Business & Professional Women’s Network.   If you are a woman business owner, either living or working in the town of Smithtown (or even nearby!) come join us on the last Thursday of the month.  We have guest speakers, seminars to help you with your business and always lots of networking and friendship.  Another thing I really like about this group – there is always lots of community service involved – often to help other women who have undergone tragedies and are struggling to make a better life for themselves and their families.  I am always thankful for the opportunity to help others – and at the same time, remember my own blessings.

The other business organization I belong to is SCWBEC, the Suffolk County Women’s Business Enterprise Coalition.  This group was formed under the auspices of the Suffolk County Office of Affirmative Action and Minority Affairs. The main goal of SCWBEC is  to break down the barriers to get women-owned businesses (WBEs) on the bid lists for County and other government agencies, and to make WBEs known to government and private industry. This does not really affect my business, as I don’t think many government agencies have jewelry in their budgets, but I go for the seminars, networking and friendships.  We meet the morning of the second Thursday of each month.  Ah!  I almost forgot – this was also the group that gave me the motivation to write my Business Plan!

So join me at SBPWN and SCWBEC if you are local – if not, find your very own businesswomen’s group and join – it’s a win-win situation!

A beautiful mix of aquamarine and pearls

A summer's blend of aquamarine and pearls

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4 Responses to Networking

  1. Dee June 1, 2009 at 11:38 pm #

    Maria, networking is a great thing and so glad you posted about its benefits. I’ve been doing tons this year and its all panning out. When you get a group of people together who don’t mind sharing, everyone benefits! Great post.

  2. Carol June 2, 2009 at 10:15 pm #

    Good point, Maria. Networking is key to growing your business. Sometimes it’s hard to get yourself out there and then to have to speak up and promote yourself/business. But… after you’ve been to a few of these, you will be surprised how comfortable you feel. Women networking groups in particular, are very welcoming and supportive. Btw…love the new piece you just made!

  3. Maria June 3, 2009 at 8:36 am #

    Dee and Carol, I just love women’s networking groups. Another point I forgot to mention is that I work out of my home – except for my pup, I’m alone all day. So I really enjoy the chance to get out once in a while and chat with women who share common interests with me.

  4. Dee June 6, 2009 at 2:19 pm #

    Hi Maria,
    I left something special for you over on my blog 🙂