Networking Opportunities

Here at Steps Beyond Social Media, we believe that your online networking should complement your face to face networking.

If you are in the Knoxville, Tennessee area and host a face-to-face networking group, we would love to add you to the list.

The BIG Networking List: 

Check Meetup for new networking opportunities: http://www.meetup.com/cities/us/tn/knoxville/

EventBrite also lists networking meetings in the area https://www.eventbrite.com/d/tn–knoxville/networking/

Hump Day Coffee – A meeting just for women in business – Meet other women who want to lift each other up and help each other succeed. No dues or fees, just buy your own cuppa joe. Meets the 3rd Wednesday of every month except November and December (those are on the 2nd Wednesday of the month). 8:30am at Remedy Coffee, 125 Jackson Avenue. For more information email stepsbeyondsocial@gmail.com

North Knoxville Business and Professional Association, they meet on the 2nd Friday of every month at 7:45 am to 9 at a different location each month. Check out the upcoming events tab on the website to see where the next meeting will be. Breakfast is sponsored by businesses in the group and is usually free. They were instrumental in starting Happy HollerPalooza and work with Fulton High. They host a golf tournament and a few other events throughout the year. Membership is $40 a year.

http://www.northknoxvillebpa.org/

facebook: https://www.facebook.com/northknoxvillebpa?ref=hl

Fountain City Business and Professionals, they meet the 2nd Wednesday of every month 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Central Baptist in Fountain City unless otherwise noted. There is usually a charge for lunch. Membership is $45 per year. They host the Easter Egg hunt in FC park every year and usually have a holiday banquet.

http://www.fountaincitybusiness.com/

Powell Business and Professionals, they meet the 2nd Tuesday of every month at the at Noon at  Jubilee Banquet Hall. The group does some great community events to benefit Powell High, they do have a membership fee and a charge for lunch.

http://www.powellbusiness.com/

Karns Business and Professionals, they meet the 2nd Thursday of every month at Noon at the Karns Community Center. I haven’t been to this one in a while either but they were good people. They did a lot with the Volunteer Fire Dept. and Karns High, they do have a membership fee and a charge for lunch.

http://www.karnsbusiness.com/

Halls Business and Professionals, they meet the 3rd Tuesday of every month at Noon at Beaverbrook Country Club, membership is $35 + $10 for each additional person in your company and lunch is $10. They do a lot in the Halls community with the Senior Center and Halls High.

http://www.hallsbusiness.com/

East Knox Business Group http://www.eastknox.org/  EKBPA meets the 3rd Thursday of each month. We invite anyone interested in growing East Knoxville to attend. We are a diverse and growing organization focused on creating a positive impact in the East Knoxville area.Pay $35.00 for one year of membership. Site hasn’t been updated in a while.

East Knox Business Alliance meets at New Harvest Park the 1st Wednesday of every month at 8am. Dues are $50 per year and their focus is improving the Knoxville Center area.

ENTREPRENEURS OF KNOXVILLE (EOK) EOK is a collection of Entrepreneurs/Inventors/Investors/Business Owners who meet regularly to share ideas and provide support to each other. If you go from one idea or concept to the next at the speed of light; if people stare at you blankly when you’re explaining your new idea or gadget and say, “that’ll never work” or “someone else is probably working on that right now”; if you feel alone and frustrated because you know the answers but no one will listen; then this is the place for you. We welcome you and your ideas. We can help you turn your idea into a business. We have small group meetings, larger social times, speaker series, fund raising events, etc. http://www.eokhq.com

LEADERSHIP KNOXVILLE ‐ INTRODUCTION KNOXVILLE Explore.  Discover.  Connect.  It’s your community. Whether you are new to Knoxville or have lived here all of your life, Introduction Knoxville will connect you with your community in dynamic ways you can’t even imagine. Join a diverse group of civic‐minded people and experience this six‐week, eye‐opening discovery of the people, places, leadership and opportunities that make living and working in Knoxville rich and rewarding. http://www.leadershipknoxville.com

TENNESSEE VETERANS BUSINESS ASSOCIATION (TVBA)   TVBA provides education and support opportunities to veterans in the business world. Across this great nation that we once defended, the TVBA is the only group of Veteran Owned Businesses and Champion Partners that embraces our mission of business development, growing the entrepreneurial spirit, government advocacy, education and training, and career support to the veteran job seeker. http://www.jointvba.org

YOUNG PROFESSIONALS OF KNOXVILLE (YPK) Since 2007, YPK has worked to provide leadership and professional development opportunities, foster a sense of community among the area’s young professionals, strengthen awareness of the talented, young leaders in our area, and enhance Knoxville’s image as an exciting, compelling city in which young professionals can thrive.http://www.ypknox.com

SMALL BUSINESS MATTERS – Various meeting days/Various areas – Attend the meeting near you or attend them all. No membership fees or dues when you join East Tennessee Small Business Matters, and you won’t see any attendance requirements. That’s because you’ll benefit when networkers come in from all over, without fear of conflict with any exclusive organizations. And, of course, you’ll save your hard-earned money! http://www.easttennesseesmallbusinessmatters.com/east-tennessee-small-business-matters-chapters.htm

REO has reasonable team sizes (35 members maximum p/team) that allow members to focus on the referral relationship and creating a strong and unified Networking Community. Other referral groups focus on growing beyond the time allotted (then members get less time to talk about what they’re looking for).

REO has a 3-month probationary period for all new members to assure quality and unity of the Networking Community the member joined. http://reomeetings.com/

Successful Women Networking Together. We all want our businesses to grow and prosper.  In order for this to happen, we need to let others know who we are and what we do.  Word of Mouth marketing is extremely important for business women and career professionals alike and our group is for those women who want to connect with other women.  We invite you to come out to visit and share information about your business and/or career, make new friends, and build solid relationships, all while showcasing your talents and skills.  http://www.meetup.com/Successful-Women-Networking-Together/

Knoxville Professional Women’s Networking Meetup is for the SERIOUS business woman who is looking to participate in our group and truly use it to benefit herself and other members.

http://www.meetup.com/KnoxvilleProfessionalWomen/

The IDEAL Sisterhood helps to bridge the gaps occurring in our relationships while raising families and conducting business. Our Sisterhood was formed to add social fun into business networking while developing long term relationships.  As Sisters we work to support each other in business and in life. http://www.idealsistermember.com/

Small Business Marketing Meetup – Are You Struggling to Grow Your Small Business? Are you looking for unique, innovative MARKETING IDEAS to grow your business in the current recession? How would you like to brainstorm marketing ideas with other business owners for free? http://www.meetup.com/knoxvillebusinessmarketing/

FARRAGUT‐WEST KNOXVILLE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE The Farragut ‐West Knox Chamber of Commerce has served as a proactive voice for business and the community it serves. Current membership includes approximately 700 area businesses. These businesses join the Chamber to work as one in an effort to serve the community where they live and do business.http://www.farragutchamber.com

HISPANIC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OF EAST TENNESSEE The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of East Tennessee promotes the start and growth of Hispanic businesses through networking and technical assistance and also serves as a unique link between these businesses and mainstream businesses in this region. http://www.hccet.org

KNOXVILLE CHAMBER Recognized as the 2011 National Chamber of the Year by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives, the Knoxville Chamber is the leading voice for business in Knoxville and beyond. We represent over 2,000 member businesses, providing them with cutting edge products and services designed to help make Knoxville America’s Best Business Address®. Contrary to what many think, our membership is made up of businesses of all sizes. Over 80% of our membership base is small business (75 employees or fewer) and nearly 50% employs 1‐10 employees. http://www.knoxvillechamber.com

SEYMOUR – SOUTH KNOXVILLE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Promotes commerce in the Seymour/South Knoxville area by advertising member businesses to the more than 55,000 area residents. Stimulates the small business environment and attract new businesses in areas where they are needed. It provides a forum for ideas that will stimulate the development of consumer friendly commerce. http://www.seymourtn.org

Please help us keep this list up to date. If you know of a meeting change or a new meeting please email stepsbeyondsocial@gmail.com

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