Structured B2B Speed Networking on Chicago's NorthSide


Our next event will be in January. Check back for the 2020 schedule soon.

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After a year of sold-out events, the 2019 season is officially wrapped up. We'll determine our schedule for 2020 in December and will email subscribers when registration is open for our Winter event. If you've attended an event before, you'll receive an email. If you're new to Northside Networking, subscribe to our list on this page. Thanks for another fantastic year!


Event Format

  • 11:30 to 11:45 - Open Networking
  • 11:45 to noon - Mini Introductions & Instructions (each person says their name and company name)
  • noon to 12:50 - Speed Networking (we break into small tables and give elevator pitches around each table, then we switch tables a few more times and do it all again in front of fresh faces)
  • 12:50 to 1 - Raffle & Announcements
  • 1 to 1:30 - Lunch & Open Networking


About Northside Networking

pano of networking event
NorthSide Networking was created to bring expanded business networking to the Northside Chicago neighborhoods of Edgewater, Rogers Park, Uptown and West Ridge. Events are held 5 times per year and the host rotates between the five areas. The success of these events is due to the participation of community businesses and word-of-mouth of past participants sharing within their networks.


Host Organizations


Edgewater Chamber of Commerce
Rogers Park Business Alliance
Business Partners: The Chamber for Uptown
West Ridge Chamber of Commerce
 



Sponsors



OcularCMS the friendliest visual CMS you'll ever meet ;)
Women Belong


*must be present to receive contact list
 

2019 Calendar

  • Jan 23 - Rogers Park
  • Apr 10 - Uptown
  • Jul 17 - Edgewater
  • Sep 18 - West Ridge
Registration for events will be available one at a time, and found on this website. If you're interested in future events, subscribe below to be notified when registration is available for each one.

Thanks to Northside Networking ... for another stellar speed networking event - Reno Lovison
Read Reno's full review and an example of the power of networking.


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8 Tips for Effective NorthSide Networking

  1. The #1 mistake people make is not having enough business cards. Be sure to bring at least 50 cards!
  2. Be prompt! Arrive at 11:30 am for open networking. We start at 11:45 sharp.
  3. Determine who your strategic partner is and let everyone know during your pitch.
  4. Be generous. Think of networking as "what can I do for you" rather than 'what can you do for me".
  5. Invite a friend or associate. Networking is easier with someone you already know.
  6. Prepare multiple pitches. Changing it up will keep people interested.
  7. Follow up afterward. Connect on LinkedIn and grab a coffee.
  8. Have Fun!