Second, as an artist you may wish to attend Rhode Island’s Out of the Box Networking Event dedicated to “bringing the Business, Arts, Events and Wellness communities together” on the first Tuesday of nearly every month at various locations in Rhode Island. To keep informed about OOB events, simply “like” the Out of the Box Networking Page on Facebook. Similarly, Pat Cruz sponsors networking events to connect local business professionals. For more information, follow Pat Paolino Cruz on Facebook. Rich Austin and Jay White also sponsor networking events which may be of interest.
Third, nearly all of the Chambers of Commerce host numerous networking events every month. Some have special events for young professionals. Some chambers welcome visitors as well as their members by charging both members and non-members the same (or nearly the same) low rates to attend. Some chambers charge a much higher fee for non-members. Check out the websites for each chamber which you might be interested in visiting. If you would like to network with people from both Rhode Island and Massachusetts, check out Fourth Monday Networking by Bob Salvas. For more information on Fourth Monday, email Bob at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, always be prepared to network. Have some business cards with you. Meet and talk with people everywhere you go. You will never know what opportunities you may find, just speaking with people you meet by chance, unless you take the initiative to say hello.
by Ronald Shapiro, Ph.D.
*I would like to thank Dr. Margarita Posada Cossuto for helpful comments.