Even in today’s tech-savvy world, personal connections are still a vital part of growing a business. Networking is important for business owners in several key ways, including:
- Expanding your reach
- Practicing your sales pitch
- Creating power partners and referrals
- Narrowing down your niche
- Helping and connecting with other business owners
And with Colorado’s ever-expanding list of new startups and small businesses, it’s no surprise that the state has some of the biggest networking events every year.
Whether you are just starting to dive into entrepreneurship or your small business needs a new wave of incoming leads, check out the top networking events near Denver for business owners in 2018 below!
Ladies Who Lunch (LWL)
Once a month, LWL brings together a bunch of women to “fuel the feminine spirit” and has over 800 members on Meetup! Those who attend can bring their own lunch and connect with other women at their lunch seminar series. Here are the upcoming events for 2018:
Network After Work
Check out this event on Thursday, May 24 with tickets starting at only $20! Network After Work is one of the largest networking organizations in the U.S. This event will be held at W XYZ Lounge at Aloft from 6-9 p.m.
Minority & Women’s Chamber Coalition
Come visit a multi-chamber event at Mile High Stadium! This community event brings together a variety of individuals and businesses from several chambers in the area. The event runs from 5-8 p.m. on May 31, and tickets are only $10.
Another fantastic national organization has its first launch event in Denver on May 31, and it’s free to attend! The Brazen Denver Launch Event is perfect for aspiring entrepreneurs and experienced business owners alike, offering a wide range of resources and tools for small businesses in the area to grow.
Women of Denver
Every three months, Women of Denver hosts a Quarterly Networking Party for women of all backgrounds, niches and business stages to connect and learn. You’ll leave having personally connected with at least a few other fantastic women and all the inspiration you need to change your career or grow your business. The next one is on Saturday, June 9, 2018.
Mile High Young Professionals
By far one of the most popular networking groups for those under 40 in the Denver metro area is MHYP! While the membership organization hosts a variety of events, they often have a fantastic turnout for each of their monthly socials. Their next social is on June 12, and the cost to attend for non-members is only $15.
Even if you aren’t working in the digital marketing realm, you may find a significant amount of knowledge for your small business by attending this years Digital Marketing Conference in Denver. The event runs for two days: June 13 and 14.
If tickets sell out or you can’t make it to the DigiMarCon event, consider attending the Digital Summit in Denver! It’s the following week and offers a blend of networking alongside a variety of educational seminars.
Social Media Day Denver
On June 29, you can spend a whole day learning everything you need to know about the hottest trends in social media! Visit the Social Media Day in Denver this year to hear about everything from LinkedIn selling, chatbots, YouTube, online influencers and a whole lot more.
Denver Startup Week
This one isn’t just one of the biggest in the state: Denver Startup Week is the largest free event of its kind in the world. Last year, nearly 20,000 people attended! There are a variety of tracks with dozens of different seminars, workshops and presentations to visit, and the event runs for five days from September 24 – 28, 2018. Get all the latest updates on the schedule and programs by signing up for notifications through their website.
Know of Other Great Networking Events & Conferences This Year? Comment Below!
We’d love to hear more about other big events and conferences happening in 2018! If you know of one we didn’t include in this list already, give us some details about it below with a link to your event listing!
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