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Business Networking Through Business Association

Ask @ David Ananth is a special column made available to iTimes.my readers where questions and opinion sharing will be answered by one of the prominent Business Growth Consultant, Mr David Ananth. He will answer questions asked by the readers through ask@DavidAnanth.com. Readers can also share articles and contents in this column based on various topics. The best piece will be published.

Referring To Mr Kesavan Velu’s Question-22 September 2014

How do you think business networking can help me Sir? Where do I find business networking sessions for Indians?

A business association is a close cousin to the chamber in that they are both set up along geographic lines. The only problem with networking events sponsored by business associations is that they are usually set up along city lines, as opposed to the county lines with the chamber.

The types and number of establishments are also different with a business association. Imagine you are a new business person who is just getting your feet wet with this whole networking thing. Attending a business association event is a great start.

If you own a retail store, a business association event will put you into contact with the people who probably pass by your score every day. Membership costs are usually nominal. It’s wise to do a little research and see what’s available, but either way, this is useful.

Chamber of Commerce is normally for Big boys business, whereas for Small Medium Industry and Small Medium Entrepreneur, business association will be the best because you won’t be feeling weird. It is better for you to get engaged with the business association nearby to you. Again in order for you to succeed this, try not to be so personally attached with their internal politics if there is one. Always keep your goals straight rather than diverting it and running away from your actual clause.

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