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Networking for Growth

Networking for entrepreneurs and small business owners is happening all over, offering a number of opportunities to plug in to the community. Before you go to that next networking event, consider the following tips:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Making the Most of Social Media: Successful social networking demands professionalism as well as a heightened sense of self-awareness and value. Check out Ten Tips for Start-Up Social Media Success.

Check out the Events Calendar for upcoming networking opportunities.

Access to Loans & Lines of Credit

  • Dates: 25 – 25 Apr, 2018
  • <strong>Location:</strong> Baltimore, MD
  • <strong>Address:</strong> 228 West Lexington Street
  • <strong>Contact:</strong> Kristen Mitchell
  • <strong>Email:</strong> <a href='mailto:executivedirector@marketcenterbaltimore.org'>executivedirector@marketcenterbaltimore.org</a>
  • Website: http://marketcenterbaltimore.org
  • <strong>Phone:</strong> (443) 478-3014

This course will focus on practical steps you must take when preparing to apply for a loan or line of credit. Learn about the type of information you will need to provide, how banks and other lending institutions assess your request, the roles of credits scores and collateral, and how to increase your chances of success. This course will include a lot of time for questions and answers.

Eric Thompson is Assistant Vice President and Community Business Development Officer for BB&T Bank in the Maryland Region. He helps small businesses, non-profits, and organizations in Baltimore City with financial literacy, planning, business development, and commercial lending. Mr. Thompson has served in business management and financial services industries for over 12 years. 

Randy Croxton has nearly 35 years of experience in the public and private financing arena, with particular emphasis on small and minority business development. Mr. Croxton is Senior Vice President and co-founder of Meridian Management Group, Inc., which began in 1995.

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