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5 Reasons to Network with Local Business Owners
By Veronique Topping

When you network with local business owners, you can:

1. Find Potential Business Partners

- When you reach out to local business owners, you may find convenient strategic business partners that you can team up with to share clients, participate in cross-marketing ventures, and share support.

For example, non-competing business owners such as a real estate agent and a real estate attorney can team up and agree to refer clients to each other in a deal that benefits both of their businesses and their clients!

2. Increase Your Local Business Connections

- Other local business owners may have existing connections with other business owners, suppliers, or clients that may benefit your business. Each additional connection with business owners may provide links to other valuable contacts that you may not have had access to otherwise.

3. Generate Visibility for You and Your Business

- By networking with local business owners, you generate more visibility for you and your business in your local community. Also, your new found visibility makes it easier for you to be selected by other business owners who may want to form strategic partners with businesses in your industry.

4. Find Experienced Business Mentors

- Through networking with local business owners, you may be able to find more experienced entrepreneurs who are willing to mentor you. And, because you are making connections with a local mentor, they can share information and tips about local resources and clients.

5. Grow a Local Advice and Support Network

- As a business owner, there will be times when you need to get advice and support from a fellow local business owner about issues related to your local area or industry. You may also want to meet in person with other business owners in your network.

What better way to find these local business owners then an online network like WomanOwnedNewYork.com, that is dedicated to them!

About the Author:
Veronique Topping is a web developer and the owner of iNetUniq Technologies Inc., a web development company that partners with web designers to allow them to position themselves as a full service web development company.

Ms. Topping is also the developer of WomanOwnedNewYork.com an online business directory that promotes and helps business owners in New York.

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