To Kanata real estate broker Colleen Lyles, networking is no longer optional for busy business people – it’s a necessity.
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That’s part of the reason why she helped start the Kanata Chapter of BoostWomen, a group that puts on monthly networking events.
“It’s a way of helping each other grow our businesses through our connections,” said Ms. Lyles, the president of the Kanata chapter.
“The only way to be successful is through...handshaking and real one-on-one connections between businesses,” she added.
BoostWomen, which first got started in Sudbury a little over a year ago and now has more than 100 people attending, holds its dinners on the 4th Monday of every month at the Kanata Holiday Inn & Suites.
Ms. Lyles said that part of what makes the series unique – in addition to the fact that it’s geared exclusively towards women – is that the events are held at night. This makes networking easier for women who are too busy early in the day to attend morning events, she said.
The group also doesn’t charge a membership fee, she said. However organizers ask for a $40 fee to cover dinner.
In addition, the events also include talks from guest speakers. August’s edition, for example, features a talk on Facebook marketing.
BoostWomen Kanata had about 45 people at its last event, said Ms. Lyles.