Artists in Rhode Island may wish to meet members of the business community in order to learn about potential new opportunities for sharing their art work. Fortunately, this is relatively easy to do in Rhode Island. There are numerous business networking events before business hours, during business hours, during lunch, and after business hours. It is also very easy to find out about these events…once you know how.
First, you may wish to receive an email or two at the beginning of every week listing numerous networking opportunities occurring during the week (and into the future). Rich Austin and Jay White each publish such a newsletter, and it is free to subscribe. You may subscribe to Rich Austin's Speaking of Success newsletter by sending an email to Rich at email@example.com. You may also wish to subscribe to Jay White’s Uncle Jay’s Network Newsletter by completing a very short form here. Rhode Island Small Business Journal (RISBJ) also publishes a listing of events. To subscribe to the RISBJ listing, send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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.