Chicago contains a variety of networking opportunities - mostly "big ticket" events that focus more on socializing than building professional networks and businesses. However, next week will bring three events which focus exclusively on businesses and social good....and are well worth checking out.
On Tuesday, July 23rd, there will be a networking session focusing on benefit or "B" Corporations, providing information and networking opportunities for those interested in social ventures. Since many businesses are increasingly adopting this particular model (which focuses more on "stakeholders" than "stockholders"), learning about how and why businesses are making this decision can be useful in developing awareness and activism in driving the social good. In order to learn more and RSVP, please check out their Eventbrite listing at http://chicagobcorps.eventbrite.com/
On Thursday, July 25th, the Illinois Task Force on Social Entrepreneurship, Enterprise, and Innovation will hold its monthly meeting at John Marshall Law School. (Note: I volunteer for their outreach committee). Seats are limited for this event, so please check out details and RSVP by heading to http://july25taskforcemeeting.eventbrite.com/. If you are unable to RSVP and/or cannot make it that evening, you can easily follow along - the Task Force will be livetweeting the meeting using the #725mtg hashtag.
Also on July 25th, Net2Chi (the local branch of the global Netsquared initiative) will be holding a post-meeting social. For those who are interested, you can easily RSVP via Meetup. (Even if you can't make the Task Force meeting, you can still join afterwards for networking and discussion)
Planning to network can be challenging, especially with a wide variety of events. Here are three suggested events for your consideration. If you have questions or comments, please feel free to leave them below. You are also more than welcome to reach out to me privately via Linked In and e-mail. As always, thanks for reading!