Networking

This is by no means a comprehensive list.  As we become aware of more events, we will update this hand out.  Check out websites for details.

Chambers of Commerce!  Many have both breakfast meetings and after work type events. Several also have their own Business Expos. (Not all hold meetings but can be a wealth of information). Always call to verify details, see if you need to be a member to attend and what the cost will be.

Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce (401) 521-5000  30 Exchange Terrace, Prov. RI. Economic Outlook Luncheon (May), Legislative Lunch (Feb), Congressional Breakfast April),  Annual Meeting (November, Breakfast/Policy Forum,  The Chamber Experience, The Inside Track, Industry Exchange.

Central RI Chamber of Commerce –3288 Post Road, Warwick. 491-732-1100.  Young Professionals Networking, Leads Luncheon, March Statewide Business After Hours, Lunch Connections, Networking at the State House, Annual Legislative Reception, “Speed Dating for Business”, YP (Young Professionals) Central

Newport County Chamber of Commerce, 35 Valley Road, Middletown (401) 847-1608.  Business Before Hours, Emerging Leaders, Business During Hours: Brown Bag Networking Lunch, Human Resource Roundtable, Chamber Connections, Annual Expo (March)

Northern RI Chamber of Commerce , 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Lincoln (401) 334-1000.  “Speed Networking”, Networking at Night, HR Strategies, Eggs  & Issues Breakfasts

East Bay Chamber of Commerce, 16 Cutler Street, Warren, RI (401) 245-0750
Together WE Can, Networking Referral Group, WEBOND – Women’s Empowerment and Business Owners Networking Development, Meet & Greet, Coffee & Commerce

Other local chambers:
North Kingstown
Jamestown
Charlestown
Cranston
Southern RI
East Greenwich  
Ocean Community
Fall River
New Bedford
Attleboro, N. Attleboro, Franklin, MA

Expos, Dinners, Conferences:

RI Small Business Administration (RI SBA) (401-528-4561)
Annual Awards Event usually held in May.  Networking event prior to lunch.  Free seminars held during the week. “Matchmakers” for government contracting offered in the spring or fall. Also sponsors annual SBA Business Summit in January.

The Women’s Summit @Bryant University, usually in March. Registration in January (sells out fast!).

Monthly Meetings & Other Networking Events:

Business Networking International – many local networking groups.

Boston’s Entrepreneur Network. The Boston Entrepreneurs’ Network provides early stage technology based Entrepreneurs with information and resources necessary to transform an idea into a successful product or service business.

Center for Women & Enterprise (401-277-0800) Email: info@cweprovidence.org for details.

DESIGNxRIRhode Island’s monthly gathering for those obsessed with design.

Southern New England Entrepreneurship Forum (SNEEF)

eWomenNetwork.com – accelerated networking for women, meets monthly, dues based., national organization w/Providence chapter.

Green Drinks Newport – Green Drinks is mostly for people working on environmental issues, but anyone can come — people from environment groups, business, government, academia and as individuals. Monthly meetings. Also, Green Drinks Providence.

Leading Women – Membership based and monthly meetings. Workshops, seminars, Networking, leadership development programs, etc.

Ocean State Toastmasters. Find a local chapter.

Out of the Box Networking. A different kind of networking event bringing the Business, Arts, Events and Wellness communities together.

Providence Entrepreneurs Meet Up

RI Hospitality Association -Voice of Rhode Island’s Lodging, Restaurant and Tourism Industry. 94 Sabra Street. Cranston, RI 02910 . (401) 223-1120.  Dues based. Must be a member to attend meetings.

New England Business Association– Formerly SBANE (Smaller Business Association of New England) Sponsors breakfasts meetings, networking, workshops from 7:30AM – 9:00AM in Providence, RI and Waltham, MA.

Rotary International – Look up districts in RI and nearby MA for a convenient location.

Southern New England Entrepreneur’s Forum, 151 Martine Ave., Fall River, MA. Annual Membership: Membership fee.  Admission fees also may apply.

Tech Collective (formerly RI Technology Council) holds monthly meetings for members.  Usually open to colleagues.  Call 401-521-7805 for more info.

The Venture Forum, formerly the Worcester Venture Forum (WPI). Email for more information.  Topics vary.

Newport & Bristol Counties

Bowens Wharf Association

Portsmouth Business Association

Bristol Merchants Association & Explore Bristol

Barrington Business Association

Tiverton Four Corners

RI NCMANational Contract Management Association

SenediaThe Southeastern New England Defense-Industry Alliance

The Arts + Culture Alliance of Newport County

Online Referral Organizations:

Alignable

LinkedIn

Newspaper Listings:

Providence Business News – lists monthly calendar events, networking, workshops, summits and local business news.

Providence Journal, Sunday edition, Business Section.  Check calendar and events section.

RISBJ – Rhode Island Small Business Journal