business-networking

” Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much. “ Helen Keller’s words will stand the test of time as it celebrates the pinnacle of our existence, of working together as one. And when we do, we achieve great things beyond our imagination.

When I first became an entrepreneur, I thought that it is all about being a one-man band and was proud that I could tackle all sorts of problems. That was one of many failures which turned me into the person I am today. I learned early on that the only way to build for success is to work with people who share a common vision, and are driven by the same passion.

If you ask any successful entrepreneur what their secret is, they most likely will mention networks, teams, mentors or even peer support groups who helped them in their journey. The power of their community allowed for meaningful exchange of ideas and collaboration which helped them accelerate growth and eventually, leading to their ultimate goals. I’ve been fortunate to meet many successful people in many different industries which gives me push button access to answers when I need them.

Why Peer Networks Help Build Stronger Businesses

Last February, I was lucky enough to exchange thoughts on Twitter with influencers hosting the 2017 National Entrepreneurship Week (powered by Microsoft), which inspired me to come up with these reasons why you should never underestimate the power of networking:

1. You Can Build a Network of Trusted Advisors

Challenges are a dime a dozen you play with entrepreneurship. By networking with other founders who have incredible experience and expertise to share, not only will you have a support group of brilliant minds who can help you solve your problems – but also an opportunity for you to build TRUST by helping them out with their hurdles.

2. It Can Be a Healthy Outlet for You to Vent and Learn from Mistakes

It’s stressful keeping all your rants to yourself without feeling the need to break something. Having support without being judged brings you to that zen-like state that activates your creative thinking process. Not only will you learn from your mistakes, but you will learn from others as well when you share your pain points – from raising capital, improving sales, a better marketing strategy, or negotiating equities. You can take notes from others or vice-versa. This will save you TIME when resources are limited.

3. Networking Promotes Diversity

Not only are you helping close racial and gender gaps among entrepreneurs in your local community, but you also encourage everyone to participate in making a difference as a business owner without prejudice. By allowing diversity to thrive, you also get more opportunities to learn and work with people who may have very unique skills or contexts that you don’t.

At the end of the day, whether you build your own peer support group or join one, it simply feels good to help and be appreciated for the value you are sharing. It’s like a chemical reaction, that feel-good endorphin rush that overwhelms you when you did something good, no matter how small.

I’d like to end this note with an invitation to local entrepreneurs in Cleveland to join us in our quest to build dreams together: Cleveland Entrepreneurs Meetup


P.S.  If you’re crazy enough to not live in Cleveland, here are some links to other popular cities (in the US and around the world) where I have met some of the most amazing people:

New York Entrepreneurs

Chicago Entrepreneurs

Los Angeles Entrepreneurs

Seattle Entrepreneurs

San Francisco Entrepreneurs

Denver Entrepreneurs

Other US States


United Kingdom

London Entrepreneurs

Birmingham Entrepreneurs

Sheffield Entrepreneurs


Australia

Sydney Entrepreneurs

Melbourne Entrepreneurs

Perth Entrepreneurs

Adelaide Entrepreneurs


Asia

Beijing Entrepreneurs

Hong Kong Entrepreneurs

Philippines Entrepreneurs

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