Networking might seem like a jargony word for “awkward small talk with strangers,” but there’s no denying the bounty of opportunities that can come from some meaningful engagement – whether learning from your industry peers or prospecting for new customers.

Networking events.

ASSETS, Lancaster Chamber, Lancaster City Alliance, & businesses like The Candy Factory all regularly host events aimed at connecting businesses in Lancaster. SCORE’s Roundtables are a great way to meet & engage with fellow entrepreneurs. Cultivate Lancaster is a biannual networking event held each year in January and May. Look for networking events posted on the Lancaster Entrepreneurs calendar.

Attend a Meetup.

True to their name, meetups bring together individuals who share a common interest. Tech Lancaster maintains an online calendar of tech meetups for software & web developers. KeystoneMerge connects entrepreneurs from across the Central PA region through meaningful conversations over a cup of coffee each month. Kick-Ass Female Entrepreneurs of Lancaster brings women entrepreneurs together to create a support network as they establish & grow their businesses.

Contact a trade organization.

Network with similar businesses by connecting with a trade association. Duke Street Business Center has a directory of national trade associations. Lancaster City Alliance helps Lancaster city merchants connect at monthly meetings. SCORE has Round Tables that connect businesses by location & by industry. Technology Council of Central PA host roundtables & conferences for those in the tech field.

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