Networking is probably the only way to build your career that is actually more fun than work. You can make valuable professional and personal connections over lunch or at a variety of social events. We've created a list of some of the top networking opportunities in the Twin Cities area so you can find one that's right for you.
Minneapolis After Work
This is the local chapter of a national networking organization with nearly one million members in more than 40 cities. Meetings are held once a month on a weeknight at an area restaurant or lounge that provides a casual, relaxed ambiance. Admission is $15 when purchased in advance and includes a free drink and appetizers.
Women in Networking (WIN)
WIN was established to provide women in business with a welcoming, non-competitive forum to build relationships and gain valuable career resources. Events are held at various locations throughout the Twin Cities area as well as online. Activities include breakfast and luncheon meetings, conferences and social gatherings such as a clothing and accessories swap.
Rochester Entrepreneur Network (REN)
Have you been harboring a desire to be your own boss? REN is dedicated to encouraging and educating people with a startup business or anyone who simply wants to cultivate their own ideas in a creative atmosphere. Activities include a tech-centric coffee club, brunch meetings and educational events.
Twin Cities Thursday Happy Hour (TCTHH)
TCTHH meets once a month at some of the hottest restaurants and bars in the Twin Cities. The social atmosphere makes it a great place to let your hair down after a long day at work while developing your personal and professional network. Some of the group's meetings also serve as fundraisers for various local charities.
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