Schmoozapalooza, the Chamber's popular speed networking event, is getting an upgrade! This year we're calling it "Schmooze & Sip at The Sutherland," and it will include speed networking rounds, plus a networking social afterwards with food and drinks.
This event is open to both members and non-members of the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce. The deadline to register is 5:00 pm on Monday, May 17, 2021. This is a firm deadline.
Never been to a speed networking event? Here's how it works:
Each participant will be seated at a table with five other networkers.
Each person will have three minutes to describe their business, what sets them apart, and what referrals are best for them.
After 15 minutes, schmoozers will rotate to another table.
There will be four sets of schmoozing (a.k.a., speed networking).
How to prepare:
Bring 100 business cards to share with other networkers and to give as a soft referral.
Wear a name badge (we will have Chamber ones on site).
Be ready to share about your business. Suggestion: 1 minute to share about your business, 1 minute to tell what makes a good referral for you, 1 minute to share soft contact leads.
Bring a small pad of paper to write down any leads or referrals that can be shared.
Be respectful of each person's time. When you hear the buzzer move on to the next person. You will have time during the break to get additional information.
Be willing to share your contacts with others and willing to make soft introductions if you know someone that could make a good referral for someone at your table - be willing to help cast a larger net!
Be a good listener... hold questions for the person until they finish their introduction.
Break time is for connecting with others in the room. In these short 4 rounds you may not meet everyone during the rotations. If you see someone you don't know, introduce yourself!
3:30 pm - Check-in begins
3:50 pm - Welcome & Instructions
4:00 pm - Round 1 Begins
6:00 pm - Networking Rounds End & the Social Begins!
Stay and join us for a glass of wine or beer courtesy of Pour Bar Services, as well as delicious hors d'oeuvres, and continue networking with all your new friends!