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Networking is an essential skill for successful business people, helping them identify new revenue opportunities and potential strategic partnerships.

Not quite what you’re looking for? You can find more networking opportunities in the Charlotte Business Resources community, check out the Calendar of Events!

Choose from the below categories to find networking opportunities provided by our partners, and give your business the right exposure, to the right people.

Carolina Small Business Development Fund hosts yearly events dedicated to helping the small business community, while also fostering economic development in the state of North Carolina. Some of these events include the Small Business Week Awards luncheon held on Small Business Week, where the purpose is to honor small businesses in the state of North Carolina. Learn more about this event and more!

Each year NAWBO Charlotte honors two women business owners with the prestigious Rising Star and Woman Business Owner of the Year Award at the Annual Gala. Are you the next winner? Find out how to enter here!.

NBMBAA Charlotte believes that effectively expanding your network begins with relationship building! It goes beyond systematically handing out business cards. They understand that people do business with people that they know and trust. NBMBAA Charlotte hosts several networking events throughout the year that foster relationship-building to include their Annual Signature Networking Event.

Visit nbmbaacharlotte.org to register for upcoming events or to become a member today! Join the National Black MBA Association Charlotte Meetup Group on Meetup.com.

Hey, women-owned businesses! The Women’s Business Center of Charlotte offers networking opportunities to help you find mutual support, access to resources, and business referrals. Their Women’s B2B Groups are a great way for you to get connected, share your ideas, and find reliable business vendors.  If you are new to the area, be sure to check them out! Visit them online, or check out their calendar to view upcoming events.

  • Did You Know Virtual Chat’s Every Friday at 3:00 pm – News Updates on Latest Lending, Financing, Financial Management, Health & Technology Tips.
  • Sip of Monday Motivation Virtual  Format – Every Monday @ 9:00 am for Inspiration and Motivation.
  • Annual Conferences – Summits and Leadership Development Sessions. 
  • Forward Focus Future Girl Talk – This platform is designed to allow women a safe place to escape from feeling alienated and judged – here you will build relationships, make connections, and be empowered with tips & tools to not only move your business forward; but to move you!

NAWBO proudly fuels the success of its members through education, networking and support programs. Some of their programs include:

  • Monthly Meetings: informative speakers cover a variety of topics important to women business owners, with opportunities to network and share best practices with other business owners.
  • Masterminds Groups: small groups of 6-8 members that can act as a Board of Advisors, mentors, or a sounding board.
  • Monthly Expansion Group: Meetings outside of Center City offer opportunities to network with fellow members and visitors, and learn from informative speakers.
  • Lunch ‘n Learn Workshops: Offer small-group education by our Corporate Partners.

Click here to reserve your seat at the next event!

As your business continues to grow, you might look for opportunities to connect with Charlotte’s various international communities and organizations. The City of Charlotte’s Office of International Business Relations offers resources to help entrepreneurs and individuals become better global citizens. Learn more about how you can find the world in Charlotte!

Networking is critical for business owners, which is why Central Piedmont’s Small Business Center offers special events providing local entrepreneurs a place and space to connect. Prior to attending these or other networking events, be sure to participate in their free workshop to help you develop networking skills. Register here!

Lake Norman Small Business Network

The Lake Norman Small Business Network is a FREE networking organization committed to offering visibility and economic growth to small businesses in the Lake Norman area.

Red Brick Partnership

The Red Brick Partnership strategizes with businesesses and collaborates with the community wtih the goal of positioning downtown Matthews as a visible business district enhanced by an open, interesting and walkable streetscape.

The CLGBTCC offers monthly networking opportunities through our second Wednesday, Morning Mixer and our Fourth Tuesday evening event to highlight topics relevant to professionals and business owners within our great city!

One of the many ways the LACCC supports new and existing Latin American businesses is by providing networking opportunities for Latin and non-Latin American businesses and organizations. Join the LACCC at their next networking event:

LACCC TAPAS: TAPAS in an LACCC evening networking event in which attendees have the opportunity to network and make connections with other small business owners, job seekers and representatives from large corporations. RSVP for the next TAPAS event!

LACCC Lunch Meetings: Join the LACCC for their monthly lunch meetings, where you’ll hear from local leaders in various industries, discuss economic impact, and meet and connect with other business professionals. Join the LACCC for lunch!

LACCC Seminars: At LACCC seminars, attendees enjoy learning new things and networking with other attendees. They’ll also gain key insights from field experts who can be a source of support in the future. Register to attend the next seminar!

In business, who you know is often just as important as what you know. The Charlotte Chamber offers opportunities for local entrepreneurs to meet people, make contacts, exchange ideas and interact with others.Learn more about networking through the Charlotte Chamber here!

Charlotte-Mecklenburg BLACK CHAMBER of Commerce 

It all starts with a connection! The Charlotte-Mecklenburg BLACK CHAMBER of Commerce (CMBCC) helps Member Companies get (and stay!) connected by providing a variety of networking opportunities. Join them monthly for CMBCC Connect Business After Hours, and be sure to register for their other member-focused networking opportunities!

Carolinas Asian-American Chamber of Commerce

The Carolinas Asian-American Chamber of Commerce (CAACC) is the Charlotte region’s leading Asian organization dedicated to fostering cooperation, partnership and interaction among our members and local/state, national and international companies and individuals. Chamber members participate in both business and personal networking events and utilize opportunities to give back to our community through many educational, charitable and volunteer activities.

Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce

The Lake Norman Chamber offers a variety of programs from casual networking to structured informational presentations. As a Lake Norman Chamber member, your business has access to exclusive events and programs like networking events, educational sessions, advertising and promotional opportunities, business services and members-only special offers.

Matthews Chamber of Commerce

We want to help your business grow! The Matthews Chamber offers innovative opportunities that help our member businesses and non-profits succeed and become valued community partners in Greater Matthews and beyond.

Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce

The Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce is 230+ members strong and growing daily! As a business owner in the Mint Hill area, there are plenty of networking opportunities to meet local entrepreneurs and build vital connections to strengthen your business’ position for growth. With monthly luncheons with guest speakers, business after hours, networking 101 seminars, and the Mint Hill Business Marketplace, there are many ways to build awareness of your business with the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce!

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