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If you are looking for a fun and affordable way to spread the word about your business here in Northwest Arkansas, then bookmark this page today! Doc4 created this list of recurring networking groups in our region to help you find the best places to meet great contacts. For even more networking opportunities, check out our massive list of every B2B networking event in NWA. And if we've missed any events (or you spot one that needs a correction), shoot us an email at email@example.com.
Avg. Attendance 5 - 15
This adorable little networking group is organized by Rick McLeod (with Farmers Insurance) and is attended mostly by folks working in and around downtown Rogers. This group is fairly small so you may not meet a ton of new connections, but the upshot is that you get plenty of time to really get to know everyone in the group. Plus there are free doughnuts (courtesy of Rick)!
Avg. Attendance 5 - 10
Super fun and lighthearted little group of networkers hosted by Philip Knight of Bankers Capital Funding. The core of this group has been meeting for years (decades?) and is mostly bankers/lenders of various kinds, but the event is 100% open to all. The group meets in the back of the restaurant, to the left of the bar – look for a couple of tables pushed together with a group of people laughing way too loud for 4:30 on a Tuesday...
Avg. Attendance 15 - 30
Rogers-Lowell Chamber Membership Required
This is the Rogers-Lowell Chamber's monthly morning networking event and it is free to attend with a Chamber membership. The event is pretty a relaxed, 'drop-in' style event, hosted by a different sponsor each month.
Avg. Attendance 15 - 25
This event is geared towards the startup community, so it brings in a much different crowd than most 'morning coffee' events. Each week, one or two startup founders come by The Exchange in Bentonville and give a brief presentation of their business (and how the community can help 'em out), and then a wide-ranging conversation ensues covering everything from overcoming obstacles to hiring considerations to finance, and more. 1 Million Cups is a great spot to learn about what's 'next' in the Northwest Arkansas business community while making some great connections at the same time.
Avg. Attendance 20 - 30
We haven't had a chance to make it out to this event just yet, but here's what we know: it's organized by the Lowell City Administration, it's free to attend, and no registration or membership is required. Also, the central location is pretty convenient for just about any networker in NWA. From what our friends are saying on social media, it's already off to a great start with 20+ attendees on average, and growing every week.
This is a fairly new networking group focused on networking in the Northern/Eastern parts of Benton County. We haven't made it out to this group just yet, but are looking forward to checking it out in 2018.
Avg. Attendance 15 - 25
The Northwest Arkansas Technology Council brings together small businesses, entrepreneurs, C-level executives, retail and suppliers, technology, academia and communication and social media professionals to celebrate technology, innovation and the power of digital in shaping our future. Forward-thinking and practitioner-driven general session speakers deliver ways to effectively collaborate on innovative solutions to common business challenges and learn how technology is powering change and leveling the playing field.
Avg. Attendance 5 - 15
Chamber Membership NOT Required
This is a relatively small group that has been meeting together for a long time. It is hosted by the nice folks at the Greater Bentonville Chamber, however, you don't have to be a Chamber member to attend. This group does not meet the 2nd Thursday of each month, so as not to conflict with the Bentonville Chamber's 'Caffeinate' event (formerly known as Morning Business Blast).
Avg. Attendance 70 - 90
Chamber Membership Required
This is Northwest Arkansas' most heavily attended morning networking event, often with 75+ attendees – sometimes 100 or more! With so many networkers, it's almost impossible to not meet somebody new. Plus, with such a big group, the sponsors really pull out all the stops when it comes to door prizes and free giveaways, so make sure you get your business card in the hat!
Be sure to visit the Chamber's website often for updates as the following info may change frequently!
Avg. Attendance 40 - 50
There are two great 'CRN' groups on Friday mornings – one in Fayetteville and the other in Rogers. This Fayetteville version is the biggest free and non-Chamber affiliated networking group in NWA, so you can meet a ton of folks at once, no strings attached. You can usually find Doc4 at the Rogers group since it is closer to home, but every once in a while we'll make the trek down to Fayetteville to say hello!
Avg. Attendance 5 - 15
Business networking group that gathers to casually network around 8:15 and then round robin networking begins at 8:30. Free and open to any reputable business person and unaffiliated with any chamber of commerce and run by volunteers. Bring your business cards and your 60-second commercial!
Weekly networking and (no cost) sales training. Bold Networking says they do things a bit different than the other networking organizations – check out the link below to read more about what sets them apart.
Siloam Chamber Membership Required
You know the drill: coffee, networking, and door prizes... This event is held at a different Siloam Chamber member's location on the first Friday of each month so check the Siloam Chamber's website for locations.
Acompáñanos a nuestro evento de networking para latinos y emprendedores donde puedan construir relaciones que ayuden al crecimiento de tu negocio y mayor exposición de marca, mientras tienes la oportunidad de aprender técnicas para desarrollarte profesionalmente. Habrá refrigerios. ¡Te esperamos!
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This networking event is tailored to Northwest Arkansas' Spanish speaking entrepreneurs. Come and build relationships that will help your business grow! This event is also a great way to gain some brand exposure while also learning techniques to develop yourself professionally. Plus, there will be refreshments!
Cost: $100.00 (Annually)
Masterminds of Biz is a professional networking group that offers business representatives the opportunity to grow through networking with other local businesses, thus building a sales team to extend their outreach through relationships. The 'MOB' Chapters form 'Industry Exclusive Groups', eliminating your competition for referrals within each group. Each group meets once per week where referrals are passed (and tracked!).
Cost: One-time ~$200 fee + ~$500 for 1-year membership (or ~$800 for 2-years)
With over 240,000 members in 8,500-plus chapters worldwide, BNI is the world’s leading referral organization. The mission of BNI is to help members increase their business through a structured, positive, and professional referral marketing program that enables them to develop long-term, meaningful relationships with quality business professionals. BNI is built on a set of guiding principles which form the foundation on which members interact, conduct themselves and fulfill their goals. There are 10 chapters in Northwest Arkansas (as of Summer 2019) so click the link below to find a chapter that's right for you!