This group was started simply to allow people to meet other people in a comfortable environment. Although we are relatively new to Meetup, we have been holding our luncheons since the Fall of 2009.
There are no attendance requirements. There are no referral requirements. There are no dues. Everyone is welcome to join our luncheons.
Whether you're a small business owner, network marketer, internet entrepreneur, or just simply looking for something that might be the right fit for you, you're welcome to join our group. Simply put, if you have a desire to network, this group is for you.
The structure of our meetings is very simple:
11:30 am - 12:00 noon: Open networking. Meet people and start conversations.
12:00 noon - 1:00 pm: The "formal" networking program. Each attendee gets the opportunity to stand and promote themselves and their business for 90 seconds to everyone in the room. We usually have a guest speaker present a short business-related topic for 10-15 minutes. Then the sponsor of the luncheon gets a few minutes to close out the meeting.
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm: (Optional) Open networking. Attendees usually use this time to set coffee or lunch appointments with others to begin building stronger relationships.
Although we promote our meetings in several online venues (Meetup, LinkedIn, and others), all registrations for our meetings are handled through our main website at http://www.ClevelandAreaNetworking.com.