Meet your mentor.
If you're new to an area or just breaking into an industry, where can you go to find business leaders who can help you succeed? Check your local newspaper or business journal for a calendar of networking functions sponsored by the following organizations:
- The local chamber of commerce
- Trade or professional associations
- Civic organizations like the Rotary Club or Kiwanis International
- Business referral "networking" groups
(For more on choosing a group to join, see "Biz 101.")
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