Business Networking Workshop

Networking 4 Newbies

**Register for  the upcoming business networking workshops on the right!**

Are you new to business networking (or new in business) and looking to get connected with other small business owners?

This workshop is for small business owners who are:

=> new in business, and want to learn how to get connected to the local small business community through personal networking.

=> new to networking, and want to figure out how to use networking to build your business, connect with potential strategic partners, and expand your contacts base.

=> new in town, and want to make connections with the locals in a safe, low-key environment.

=> experienced networkers who want to get new results from networking, and are open to new ideas on how to do that effectively..

Networking for Newbies helps networkers get comfortable with the basics of networking, including introductions, connecting one-on-one, and more in a safe, facilitated environment that will get you into the swing of networking easily.

“Possibly the most profitable time you’ll ever spend networking!”

Date: one date per month as noted below
LocationVarious Locations
Registration: reserve your space
Cost: $10


Hi Victoria, A quick note to let you know how much I enjoyed your Networking for Newbies class. I’m not exactly a newbie at it, but I suppose Networking for the Nervous doesn’t have quite the same ring. In any case, I attended a chamber mixer last night, and it was a much less nerve-wracking experience than before. Using my elevator speech helped me better articulate my business, and a focus on relationship-building, rather than client-landing made me a lot more relaxed. I actually stayed beyond the one hour I usually have to force myself to get through and plan to attend another one next week. Thanks again for a great class. Best Regards, Elizabeth Harmon, Elizabeth Harmon Communications


“Thank you for the wonderful information you shared [at the Networking for Newbies workshop] at the Chamber. Your advise and feedback from the class really helped me with my elevator speech, which I had been struggling with for awhile. It was like ‘OH, I finally get it.’ You did a great job and thank you for allowing me to be a part of the class and learn from you.”  Christine Mahoney, Third Vision Background Searches & Consulting


“Thanks Victoria for helping me polish my elevator speech, putting a new perspective on what it really is (skip the how!!!) and making me feel comfortable saying it. Your networking session was highly valuable to me, I appreciate it! Sometimes we all need a little push and then everything seems so easy! Thanks Victoria!” Joanna Puciata, Heal and Glow

About the Meetings

Facilitated by guilt-free business and marketing coach Victoria Cook, this meeting is for small business owners who want to enjoy the benefits of connection through networking, but don’t know where to start, or  have been frustrated by all the time and energy invested in networking with very few results to show for it all.

Each meeting begins with an explanation of networking and how to use it as an effective networking strategy, self-introductions (get your free elevator speech tool and networking introduction worksheet above, right), followed by a networking activity designed to increase interaction and participant comfort levels. The meeting concludes with a brief check out.

Attendees can expect to…

  • Get confident about networking
  • Get feedback, advice, and coaching on your elevator speech and personal introduction
  • Meet other networking newbies in a comfortable environment
  • Get questions answered about networking groups and opportunities


Just attended an amazing class with @Ctr4GFSuccess, if you’re new to networking OR you want to enhance your skills it’s a must! #Business  — Mallory Sills (@MallorySills)


Jerry-McEvilly“I have been selling for 34 years and yet I learned some very useful techniques at the Networking 4 Newbies workshop. In particular the portion on the Elevator Speech. This will be a useful tool not only for networking but a great way to start a sales presentation.  Great seminar I was glad I was in attendance.” ~ Jerry McEvilly, JMc Equipment Sales Inc.


“This morning I had a networking appointment with someone, and as usual I used your Team 100 form.   In the course of letting him know it came from you, I thought to myself, ‘It’s time to tell her “thanks again”.’ So thank you for your graciousness in sharing so much useful information.  And thank you for being a glowing but very real example of what you teach. ~ Jan Haggerty, Lighthouse Health & Wellness


“I found the networking training very informative and useful. I have already used my introduction at a referral group and received high compliments. You had some great people at the event and I made some good connections and possibly a new client. Again, wonderful job.” ~ Tony Zobott, Auto Authority

“Thank you for such a great class. I got debby-kuzniara lot of great tips that I can implement. Not only am I looking forward to utilizing your expertise but I will definitely refer your services to anyone I come across that is looking to create greater success in their business.” ~ Debby Kuzniar, Orenda International


The speakers will share…

  • Networking strategies for introverts, newbies, and those frustrated by the lack of results from their networking
  • A networking plan to get you connected fast
  • Resources to help you make the most of your networking efforts
  • Learn effective networking skills and increase your referrals

The speaker will share…

  • Networking strategies for introverts, newbies, and even experienced networkers who are frustrated by the lack of results from networking
  • A networking plan to get you connected fast
  • Resources to help you make the most of your networking efforts

Top reasons you should attend…

  1. This event is for networkers: newbies and experienced networkers alike. But if you hate networking and don’t want to know how to do it comfortably and profitably, then skip this workshop.
  2. Convenient mid-morning time doesn’t conflict with most other meetings.
  3. Great place to practice your elevator speech and learn how to introduce yourself in a group.
  4. Facilitated networking to make first-time networking comfortable.
  5. You’ll learn about other networking groups and resources to help build your business.


“Now I can walk into a networking situation and feel more comfortable!” ~ Penny Perry, Judson University


“Victoria’s exercises make one examine the core elements of their business and how to best present them to prospective clients or networking connections. Regardless of age or experience, anyone can enrich their skill set from listening to Victoria’s guidance.” ~ Chris Leyba


“I entered the meeting not knowing what to expect, and [feeling] extremely nervous. Immediately, Victoria put my nerves at ease…After learning about and practicing elevator speeches and self introductory speeches, I felt empowered to go out and network. “ ~ Denise Mayhew


“I love the ‘chunked down’ approach. Very helpful!” ~ Sarah Karnes


Questions? Call Victoria at 847-701-4739

small business networking workshop

Date & Location:

Friday, August 21, 2015

Hosted by: McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce

mchenry-chamber-logo9:30 – 11:00 a.m.

1257 N. Green Street, McHenry

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Friday, September 18, 2015

Hosted by: Roots Education Center

roots_education 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. 9 Crystal Lake Road, #110 Lake in the Hills

(in the professional building next to Auto Zone)

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