Structured B2B Speed Networking
on Chicago's NorthSide

Our next event is Wed, Jul 8th, 2020 (register)
 Join us for virtual B2B speed networking on Zoom.

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The Edgewater Chamber will be hosting our next virtual event. While the pandemic prevents us from safely meeting in large groups, it certainly doesn't mean that we can't still network! We'll be mimicking the in-person event as much as possible by breaking up into small facilitator-lead breakout rooms to give pitches. Then we'll shuffle everyone up and do it again several more times.

Virtual Zoom Event
Wed, Jul 8th, 2020
cost: FREE*
11:00am to noon (note the new time!)

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* Even though this event is free, if you are in a position to do so, we do ask you to consider making a donation to the Edgewater Chamber or any of the host organizations at the bottom of this page to help support local businesses during this challenging time.

Event Format

  • 11:00 to 11:10 - Instructions
  • 11:10 to noon - Speed Networking (we break into small breakout rooms and give elevator pitches one-by-one, then we switch rooms a few more times and do it all again in front of fresh faces)

About Northside Networking

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NorthSide Networking was created to bring expanded business networking to the Northside Chicago neighborhoods of West Ridge, Uptown, Edgewater, and Rogers Park. Events are held 4 times per year and the host rotates between the four 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

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


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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.

2020 Calendar

  • Jan 22 - West Ridge
  • Apr 22 - Uptown
  • Jul 8 - Edgewater (virtual)
  • Oct 14 - Rogers Park
  • Nov 18 - Roscoe Village
Registration for events will be available one at a time, and found on this website. If you're interested in future events, subscribe to our list to be notified when registration is available for each one.

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!