Let’s Get Together: Green women in business, unite!

You may have your business plan written, your brochure printed, your website ready, and your e-mail, phone, and virtual mail set up and ready to go — but I'm here to remind you that we continue to have an offline life as well as our very busy online life.

My apologies to the vegetarians and vegans reading, but we are going to head out into "meatspace" — meaning the physical world — and do a little bit of meet-and-greet with others in our location. We pick up so many more nuances in body language then we are able to communicate through e-mail, phone, and fax. When you really "vibe" with the right person, you get a great sense of community and the realization that we all work together towards a similar goal.  Let's do our social networking online but also schedule ongoing time for live, in-person networking, preferably with other ladies who have the same agenda (fair trade, organic, sustainable, eco-friendly, progressive, and in business to make a difference for the world).


Green business women naturally get together regularly. Here are some samples of events that may be in your region:
 
EcoTuesday — a Tuesday night networking event specifically for eco-friendly and sustainable businesses
http://www.ecotuesday.com
 
Green Chamber of Commerce — currently in the San Francisco Bay Area, a green chamber
http://www.greenchamberofcommerce.net
 
Green Drinks — get together on a monthly basis to network with other environmental folks in your area
http://www.greendrinks.org
 
Not yet ready to attend one of these events? Here are some additional examples of how to connect with other individuals and groups.
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  • Attend any of the multitude of conferences or seminars in your specific field or industry.

  • Create an informal meeting with Twitter or Facebook friends who are nearby


  • Organize a charity drive and work with others in your social networking sphere to promote a local nonprofit or community-based organization


  • Join a board or leadership group around one of your areas of interest — invite the support of others in your network


  • Promote an event that you plan on attending and invite people from your social networks


  • Share with others who are interested in your specific topics — take someone out to coffee or lunch to get to know them better


  • Consider offering a seminar, panel presentation, or group review of a specific topic you’d like to explore


  • Book clubs are great ways to meet others and come up with stimulating discussion – join or start one around an interesting book schedule


  • Work parties are great ways to get together and support one another — they can be physical or digital work parties – join with others to work collaboratively on a special project


  • Party time: you can always host cocktail hour, supper club, or an intimate breakfast


  • Choose your own!

The important part about getting together in person is the ability to foster additional connections that carry you forward. Schedule an ongoing get-together and maintain your in-person connections: the chances are high that you'll find a new friend, meet a helpful business connection, or lay the groundwork for a mutually beneficial relationship.
 

List your green business for free in the national directory at www.greenbusinesswomen.com Follow me on Twitter at @monicadear and let me know about your green business!

Monica S. Flores  of 10kWebdesign is committed to educating, empowering, and connecting women in business — she believes in the triple bottom line of people, planet, and profits. She is available for consulting on web development, green business practices, and women in business.

 

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