As a small business owner, attending trade shows is a major part of my business networking plan. Yes, you read it right, trade shows are my major source for meeting business owners, and big company representatives.
Some people go to trade shows only to buy or sell products, but if you start thinking about the opportunity of a trade show for business networking, you don’t want to miss a single trade show around your area.
Living in NYC, I am a lucky business owner since there are many international trade shows placed in NYC every month. But I’m sure you can find great trade shows close to your location.
Here’s a list of websites which offer trade shows, locations, and dates worldwide:
- Trade Show Week
- Biz Trade Shows
During the last fabric trade show I have visited, I have collected over 20 business cards, chatted with 4-5 CEO’s of large international fabric manufacturing companies, closed 2 fabric buying deals and created a valuable list of executives in my contact list.
Prepare your business cards, wear a nice suit, and get ready to visit the next trade show near your area. Good luck.