Networking events yield contacts, scoops

vbridges@newsobserver.comFebruary 10, 2014 

Shop Talk reporter Virginia Bridges asked small-business owners about their goals when attending networking events. This is what they said:

• “I am interested in two things,” said Lynne Fischer, artist, teacher and owner of Lynne Fischer’s Art Adventure Studio, a Cary business that provides professional face painting and balloon-twisting services. “One is to let people know that I am passionate about the services I offer. And two, listen to other people, understand their needs and goals and see where I can help them be successful.”

• “I hope to make at least two solid connections that would be helpful now or in the future,” said Rufus B. Langley, president and owner of Apex firm Langley Insurance Services, which provides small groups and individuals with health, disability and retirement solutions. “Many times it will be months or years, but they will pay off if you follow up and look for a win-win.”

• “Networking events provide me an opportunity to expand my connections, contribute expertise and resources to conversation,” said Olivia Scott, owner and president of Promotional Partners, an ad specialty company in Apex that focuses on brand strategies. “By reconnecting or generating new contacts, I become a stronger resource of relevant information within our business community as well as being able to identify new leads for prospective clients.”

• “Number one, expand my network by meeting and/or reconnecting with other small-business owners in the Triangle,” said Deborah Harrell Meehan, owner and broker at NC Medical & Commercial Realty, a Cary commercial real estate firm. “Number two, determine if I or any of my many other contacts can benefit from the goods or services offered by the businesses represented. ... And number three, find out the latest scoop on the up and coming new businesses in the Triangle.”

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