Here in Northeastern Ohio there is a business networking group called the Canton Ohio Network Alliance (CONA) and it holds informal gatherings the second Tuesday of each month.
The April 11th meeting had a very good turnout with an estimated over 40 people in attendance.
The meetings are held at The Whisky Ranch 4919 Mt Pleasant St. NW Green, Oh 44720 from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM. This location was formerly The 356th Fighter Group for many years. As you enter the restaurant, make a right and enter the main bar area.
There is no charge to attend the meetings or fees to join the group, however, guests are responsible for their own food and beverages.
As with the best intentions of social media, the meetings are designed to be an opportunity to meet other business people in a relaxed and friendly environment. There are no expectations for members to make presentations or to wield a dynamic personality. In fact, hard sells are not encouraged.
The get-togethers are intended to give members an opportunity to introduce themselves to other area professionals, interact with each other and learn about everyone’s businesses and related skills, and hopefully form associations that will lead to networking and new ideas. By all means bring plenty of business cards and any other related handout information. Everyone is encouraged to invite their friends and associates to come along as well.
Please be sure to follow updates for any weather related cancellations or other modifications to the group’s activity. If you are on LinkedIn you can follow and request to join CONA here: Canton Ohio Network Alliance. Mike Miller is the founder of the group who you can tweet @Millermc52. A link to his LinkedIn profile is in his Twitter bio.
Below is a 60 second video slideshow intended to convey the spirit of the Canton Ohio Network Alliance and the monthly meetings. The pictures, video slideshow, and voice-over are all products of Perfect Media Prods.