Business Networking Opportunities in the U.S. and Canada - dummies

Business Networking Opportunities in the U.S. and Canada

By Stefan Thomas

Part of Business Networking For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Are you a businessperson or self-employed and based in the United States or Canada? Are you looking to find more customers, and build a valuable support network of likeminded businesspeople? You’ve come to the right place. Here are some U.S. and Canadian business networking organisations to investigate:

  • Rotary International. Rotary’s aims extend beyond business networking to a tradition and culture of helping professionals form lifelong friendships.

  • LeTip International. With chapters across the U.S. and Canada, LeTip members share referrals (tips) between each other. They organise structured meetings over breakfast.

  • BNI (Business Networking International). Originally started in California by Dr. Ivan Misner in 1985, BNI states that it’s the world’s largest business networking organisation. The organisation is extremely well represented in the U.S. and Canada with weekly breakfast meetings where members pass referrals. In common with BNI across the world, only one person from each profession is allowed to join any chapter.

  • 4Networking. Launching in the USA in 2015, 4Networking was founded in Somerset, England by entrepreneur Brad Burton in 2006. With thousands of events across the U.K. and Australia every year and a vibrant online networking forum, 4Networking members form strong relationships, regardless of business type and location.

  • The Networker (Toronto). A network of networks, The Networker seeks to connect business people across Toronto and actively promotes any business networking opportunity.

  • The U.S. Chamber of Commerce. A business representation organisation which addresses the needs of over three million businesses across the U.S. They represent business to government and organise networking events regionally.

  • AWBA (The American Business Women’s Association). The AWBA have over 450 chapters across the U.S. Founded in 1949 their stated aim is to bring together diverse businesswomen to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support and national recognition.