WAKE FOREST — The small business entrepreneurs of Wake Forest and surrounding communities will once again meet up for free open networking, Tuesday, Dec. 12 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at My Place Restaurant, 2108 S. Main St. The Wake Forest Elite Networking (WFEN) group, working with national networking organization Rockstar Connect, has grown to include owners of small businesses, the self-employed and executives of larger firms in the area.
A round of speed networking at 6:30 p.m. will help ensure the crowd mixes as everyone trades cards and quickly meets all the other members.
“We brought WFEN to Wake Forest to offer a casual and free meet up for small business people to give and get referrals and make connections,” said Scottie Gregory Hundley, recruiter for event sponsor United Real Estate of Raleigh.
For December, to honor the season of giving, organizers will raffle off some door prize gifts to WFEN participants. Host Loretta Towsley of My Place will raffle off some bottles of local wines — one, a popular Merlot from the Biltmore Estate. Other participants may bring some surprise items to add to the raffle and give away.
Planners added a Swag Swap table at the last event in November. Networkers are invited to bring their SWAG: Stuff We All Get — often widgets like pens, postcards, coupons, mugs or more unique logo items from their business. Trading them with other attendees added an element of fun and interest in receiving other members’ logo’d goodies.
“We have connected position seekers with executives needing to fill key roles,” Hundley said, “watched local business organization members get new business with contacts they never would have been seated with in their closed paid groups, and enjoyed casual conversations over beverages after work, chatting up business peers and making friendships.”
Known for a casual, family friendly environment, fun nightly events and Best of the Best nominated Southern and American style foods, location host My Place is popular for such events.
All area networkers are asked to bring plenty of swag and business cards and invite everyone in their sphere of influence to this free event.
For networking information about WFEN and Rockstar Connect, see tiny.cc/networkwf or contact Hundley at 919-971-7383.