Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Business After Hours: Put Your Networking Skills to Work

Networking is all about being a good listener, according to veteran Business After Hours attendee David Brackman who is the president of Self Defense ATL. Brackman advises business owners to listen to what other people say about their business and personal lives and to also share your story when time permits.

“It is important to put yourself out there and expose your business as much as possible,” said Brack­man. “You never know who you may meet that could develop into a personal relationship that could help you personally and profes­sionally.”

Brackman puts his network­ing skills to work at the Chamber’s Business After Hours where he purchases a display booth almost every month. “By having a booth at Business After Hours, I have been able to make a tremendous amount of contacts who have provided me with business leads,” said Brackman. “By having a display booth and just by attending the monthly networking events, I have increased the amount of people to share my product with while also learning about other people’s businesses.”

Business After Hours, Gwinnett’s largest networking event with an average of 250 people in attendance, offers the perfect opportunity to develop business relationships and sharpen your networking skills in an atmosphere that is new, fun and ever-changing.

For Brackman, Business After Hours allows him to meet as many people as possible, learn about other businesses, and share his business with fellow business professionals. “I always look forward to Business After Hours,” said Brack­man. “Being involved in Business After Hours and in the Chamber makes a difference for me personally and profes­sionally.”

Held on usually the third Thursday of every month, Busi­ness After Hours is the perfect event to generate exposure for your company and is ideal for promoting new locations and grand openings. It provides a way to develop new business contacts and gather business ideas and network with fellow Chamber member. It is also the perfect opportunity to show off a new business and gain valu­able leads in a relaxed, after-work setting.

BAH is hosted by various members around the county at a different location each month from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. The member company that hosts the event provides food, bev­erage and entertainment for Gwinnett Chamber members and guests.

A limited number of display booths are also available for members to purchase for $125 to display their products and services to the attendees.

For additional information on attending a Business Af­ter Hours or to help sponsor one, contact Kim Jones at 770-232-8805 or

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