August 4, 2015

Tek This Out: 3 Local Networking Opportunities OC Entrepreneurs Won’t Want to Miss!

A women networks with a two male colleagues, and everyone is enjoying a glass of wine.
Some of the best networking events are business-casual.  Image from @Midwest.

By Megan G.

Networking may be one of the most intimidating aspects of fostering a successful business career—but it is a crucial one.  Even though selling your product, services, and essentially yourself can be an anxiety-ridden challenge, it’s important to know what opportunities are out there and to tackle them with chutzpah!  

After all, a business isn’t a Business unless people know about it, right? 

When you’re starting off as a small business or entrepreneur, it is especially important to remain relevant in your local sphere.  As marketing company from Irvine, eGumball’s local audience is the business owners of Orange County.  We are always happy and eager to provide helpful, relevant information to our clientele, which is why we’ve compiled a short list of some affordable, accessible events that every OC entrepreneur can attend.

Are you trying to stake your claim in the OC?  Consider attending these three Orange County meetings that focus on networking, marketing strategy, and other important aspects of today’s business world. 

The Marketing Mix hosted by OCAMA

A group of diverse business people network with The Marketing Mix Logo and motto.
The Marketing Mix advertisement.  Image from OCAMA.

The Orange County chapter of the American Marketing Association (OCAMA) dedicates itself to developing marketers of the OC.  They have created detailed programs, hosted educational events, and taught workshops to establish themselves as a key resource for local marketing strategy. 

Their series of networking mixers is called The Marketing Mix, where you can chat with and learn from local marketers!  This meet-up primarily benefits professional marketers and other marketing enthusiasts, but entrepreneurs and business owners can use these meet-ups to expand their professional circles and potentially beef up their own marketing strategies. 

Interested?  You can catch their next meeting in a couple of days in Tustin, CA.

Enjoy complimentary seafood appetizers while expanding your personal network of OC marketers!  Learn about industry trends or perhaps even find a new career with major brands and agencies of Orange County. 

Can’t make the date at Bluewater Grill?  Don’t sweat it!  Catch their next Marketing Mix in September.

  • Date & Time:  September 10th @ 6:00 PM
  • Location:  Ten Asian Bistro in Newport Beach, CA
  • Price:  Same as above  

Network After Work:  Orange County at Bosscat

A photo of the dining area of Bosscat Kitchen and Libations, featuring a bar, dining tables, and televisions.
Your next game-changing business move could be made at Bosscat Kitchen and Libations. 
Image from Network After Work.

Network After Work is a “premier face-to-face business networking company” that hosts monthly mixers in various cities in America.  Their program provides ample opportunity for attendees to make connections with other businesspeople at fun locations such as clubs, restaurants, and hotels. 

Their next Orange County meeting will take place at Bosscat Kitchen and Libations, a rustic venue with a cool vibe and what seems to be a delicious menu.

This relaxed event focuses on having a good time with other business professionals, hopefully creating an environment for building lasting relationships.  Come to this event to chat with over 100 fellow businesspeople, enjoy featured cocktails, and snack on light appetizers.  

Use this opportunity to flex those self-marketing muscles in a low-pressure environment and enhance your brand’s reputation!

The Firm BNI:  Costa Mesa Networking

The Firm's logo, featuring a cloud and their company name with the text, "Costa Mesa Networking."
The Firm’s website logo. 
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The Firm:  Costa Mesa Networking.

The Firm is the Orange County Chapter of Business Network International (BNI).  Though their Meetup events take place in Costa Mesa, their entrepreneurial horizons broaden to include the entirety of the OC business community. 

Last year, their organization reached 31 members and over $1 million in revenue from business referrals.  Sounds like an event you don’t want to skip out on!  

This organization is actively seeking more participants, so click here to find a list of the industries that still need representation at The Firm.

Here are their Meetup details:    
  • Date & Time:  Every Wednesday morning @ 7:15 AM – 9:00 AM
  • Location:  Mesa Verde Country Club in Costa Mesa, CA
  • Price:  $15 and 50 business cards

Their next meeting is tomorrow, August 5th, and every Wednesday after that!  Their schedule includes a session of open networking, business education, introductions, presentations, and a flurry of other opportunities to introduce your company, your mission, and your desire to connect with the professionals around you.

This is a fantastic chance for OC entrepreneurs to spread the word of their brand or business, so don’t hesitate to set aside a Wednesday morning to meet with this dedicated group.

What networking, business, or marketing events have you attended in the OC?  Let the Tek Team know about your experiences in the comment section below. 

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