20. Linda Pophal
of Strategic Communications, LLC, member of
the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce
The Chamber has a number of activities designed to
boost networking and offer local business people an
opportunity to connect socially and professionally from monthly "Business After Hours" events, to
networking luncheons, breakfast meetings, annual
gatherings, etc. They sponsor an annual "Business
Expo" that is always a big draw.
I personally run a monthly event they throw called "Leads to
Business" where about 70 people are in attendance. Everyone's
business card is photocopied and we go around the room in that
order. Each participant gets 30 seconds to explain what their
business does and what an idea, lead, or referral is for them. In
the 7 years the event has been happening, there hasn't been a
single month where every single person in the room hasn't left
with a lead or referral.
of Equitable Payments, member of the Metro Atlanta
Chamber which has around 185 events per year.