Networking

10 Networking Events in Columbus You Don’t Want to Miss

Growing your professional network isn’t always easy - and just like Columbus, you can find it here.

In 2018, Columbus snagged a top-twenty spot on Forbes’ Best Places for Business & Careers list and thirty-six of the Inc 5000 fastest-growing companies called it home. With this rapidly growing industry and business, it’s no wonder professionals - both young and old - are flocking to central Ohio. As a professional, however, it’s not always easy finding your footing in a booming job market like Columbus (link to article to be published 10/24). If you’ve exhausted your LinkedIn search for connections, it may be time to move from the networking on the web to something a little more personal. That’s why we’ve created this list of some of the hottest upcoming networking opportunities in the Columbus area - all waiting for you before the start of the new year.

Connecting in Oneness: An Interfaith Breakfast for Biz Owners

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Date: November 8th, 2018

Time: 7:30-9:00 am

Where: Little Eater

4215 N High St

Columbus, OH 43214

Cost: $30

If a homemade catered breakfast and connecting with a spiritually diverse group sounds like your cup of tea, look no further. This short-but-sweet event hosted by Connecting in Oneness works to connect business owners with love and faith throughout their professional journeys. Together, the businesses involved hope to create an interconnected community of successful and open-minded business owners to rely on one another for support in business’s greatest challenges.

Columbus Young Professionals Happy Hour

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Date: November 8th, 2018

Time: 5:30-7:30 pm

Where: High Bank Distillery Co

1051 Goodale Boulevard

Columbus, OH 43212

Cost: $15

If you’re looking for a networking event with a laid-back feel, check out Columbus Young Professionals Happy Hour at High Bank Distillery Co.. Hosted by the Ohio Society of CPAs, this event is perfect for professionals in finance, accounting, and legal fields to mix and mingle (but not just drinks!). With your $15 registration, you’ll have access to network with industry professionals, one free drink ticket, and an assortment of appetizers for your enjoyment.

Network after Work Dayton at Troll Pub

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Date: November 13th, 2018

Time: 6:00-9:00 pm

Where: Troll Pub

216 Wayne Avenue

Dayton, OH 45402

Cost: $20 at the door

Network After Work is one of the nation’s leaders is casual networking events and they’re bringing their laid-back event to the Columbus area. Hosting their event at Troll Pub - a neighborhood favorite with a rustic vibe - professionals are invited to come share opportunities, bounce ideas around, or just socialize and make friends with other like-minded people.b-tickets-51171668839?aff=ebdss

NetworkNite in Columbus: Event for Business Professionals

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Date: November 14th, 2018

Time: 7:00-9:00 pm

Where: Balboa

1312 Grandview Ave

Columbus, OH 43212

Cost: $21.50 - 26.00

NetworkNite in Columbus combines with poise and professionalism of a networking event with the excitement of speed dating in this unique event. Attendees are given a “Connect Card” and five to six minutes to mingle with professionals from a variety of fields. At the end of the night, participants list professionals they would like to network with again, and the hosts of NetworkNite do the rest! Your professional matches are emailed to you within 24-hours, so you don’t even have to wait the standard three days for your ‘second date.’

The Multi-Profession Diversity Job Fair of Columbus

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Date: November 14th, 2018

Time: 10:00 am

Where: Embassy Suites Columbus-Westerville

2700 Corporate Exchange Dr.

Columbus, OH 43231

Cost: Free

If you’re still looking for the perfect job and think you need a little more facetime with potential employers, check out the Multi-Profession Diversity Job Fair of Columbus. Employers from a variety of fields all around the Columbus area will be there to discuss business and job opportunities, or just expand your network with friendly faces from the area’s top companies. Bring a stack of resumes, get your name out there, and use the growing job market in Columbus to your advantage.

Columbus Professional Referral Group @ Sunny Street Cafe

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Date: November 28th, 2018

Time: 11:45 am - 1:00pm

Where: Sunny Street Cafe

8461 Sancus Blvd.

Columbus, OH

Cost: Free to visit, membership fees after first two events

As a GoldStar networking group, the Columbus Professional Referral Group has hosted events that have created an impressively large network of supportive professionals. With a no-pressure environment, the chance to win free lunch, and a 50/50 raffle to benefit a local charity, this event turns a casual lunchtime into a chance to better yourself, your network, and your community.

Ladies Day Out Holiday Luncheon

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Date: December 2nd, 2018

Time: 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Where: The Boat House at Confluence Park

679 West Spring Street

Columbus, OH 43215

Cost: $25

Women in business are becoming more in more powerful and vital to everyday operations in some of the nation’s top companies. Take some time to celebrate female empowerment and the holiday season right on the water at the all-ladies mix-and-mingle with a hot lunch buffet, giveaways, speakers, and plenty of networking opportunities. While forming a coalition of strong female entrepreneurs, your professional opportunities for the new year are nearly limitless.

Year-End Columbus Region Logistics Council Mixer

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Date: December 5th, 2018

Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Where: Copious

520 S. High St.

Columbus, OH 43215

Cost: $25 for Chamber Members, $35 for Non-members

Designed specifically for the dynamic logistics and supply chain industry, the Columbus Region Logistics Council assembles the finest local professionals for mixers to celebrate a successful, growing industry. Their events are designed for both networking and educational purposes, allowing for professional growth for individuals and groups that will inspire you and your business to reach new heights and distances with the strong network you will gain.

American Marketing Association Happy Hour

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Date: December 6th, 2018

Time: TBD

Where: TBD

Cost: Free for AMA Members, $5 for Non-Members

Working in marketing is all about selling clients’ products and initiatives - so for professionals in the marketing field, using any opportunity to grow your network is a no-brainer. The American Marketing Association hosts monthly out-and-about events to mingle with others in the field while relaxing in a casual environment. All events can be found on the AMA calendar.

Business Networking Luncheon at the Rusty Bucket

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Date: December 17th, 2018

Time: 11:30am - 1:00pm

Where: Rusty Bucket Restaurant and Tavern

6726 Perimeter Loop Road

Dublin, OH 43017

Cost: Free

       For a great opportunity right outside of Columbus, check out this networking lunch hosted by the Dublin Area Networking Group. The lunch is hosted in a private room (buy your own lunch and sit with some new friends) at the Rusty Bucket in a fun, productive atmosphere full of like-minded professionals looking to connect with a network of other hard working professionals.

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