Growing Your Business
GUIDE: GROWING YOUR BUSINESS > PART SEVEN
Networking for Growth
Learn how to plan, listen and follow up to make important business connections.
Kansas City is a connected place for entrepreneurs and small business owners. From chambers of commerce to high-tech groups, Kansas City offers a number of places to plug in. Before you go to that next networking event, check out these three tips:
- Be Prepared: Think about who you want to meet at the event. Have a plan, and ask others who will be at the same event to help you meet the people on your list. Think about what you want to say. You’ll find tips on how to develop an elevator pitch at Business Know How.
- Be Easy to Talk to: Listen to what others have to say. Have a positive, upbeat attitude. Wait for the right opening to enter into others’ conversations.
- Be Ready to Follow Up: Once you’ve made a connection, don’t lose it. Phone or e-mail promising contacts the following day. If you promise to provide something, do it.
Opportunities for Networking
• Building inspections
• Historic preservation
• Neighborhood services
• Development services
• Regulated industries
Most importantly, the city works with citizen groups, the city council, the planning commission, the zoning board of adjustment and city administration to ensure quality development throughout the city of Independence.
In addition, the EDC administers the city's TIF program, LCRA and Enhanced Enterprise/Zone Works program.
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