Schmoozapalooza

Heard of speed dating? Well, Schmoozapalooza is speed networking! All the fun and none of the stress. In just a few hours, you’ll meet a room full of potential customers and make connections to help your business grow. The next Schmoozapalooza networking event will be held in February 7, 2020, at 9:00 am at The Mill Room at The Factory. This event is open to the public. Tickets are $20 for Chamber members and $25 for non-members. Click here to register!

Here’s what a past participant has to say …

“That Schmoozapalooza was by far the best networking event of all time and I need there to be another one ASAP! I already have a few meetings from it! It has been absolutely amazing what the Chamber has done for me in terms of coming to a whole new area and meeting SO MANY PEOPLE!”
–Michael Allen, PAYCHEX

Here’s how speed networking works:

  1. Attendees will sit at a table with five other networkers.
  2. Each participant will have the opportunity to speak for three minutes about their business, what sets them apart, and what referrals are best for them.
  3. At the end of 18 minutes, schmoozers will rotate to a new table and the networking starts all over again!

How to prepare:

  1. Bring 100 business cards to share with other networkers and to give as a soft referral.
  2. Wear a name badge (we will have Chamber ones on site).
  3. Be ready to share about your business. Suggestion: 1 minute to share about your business, 1 minute to tell what makes a good referral for you, 1 minute to share soft contact leads.
  4. Bring a small pad of paper to write down any leads or referrals that can be shared.
  5. Be respectful of each person’s time. When you hear the buzzer move on to the next person. You will have time during the break to get additional information.
  6. Be willing to share your contacts with others and willing to make soft introductions if you know someone that could make a good referral for someone at your table – be willing to help cast a larger net!
  7. Be a good listener… hold questions for the person until they finish their introduction.
  8. Break time is for connecting with others in the room. In these short 4 rounds you may not meet everyone during the rotations. If you see someone you don’t know, introduce yourself!

Morning Agenda:
9:15 am – Registration ends
9:20 am – Welcome
9:40 am – Instructions & Round 1
10:00 am – Break
10:10 am – Round 2
10:30 am – Break
10:40 am – Round 3
11:00 am – Break
11:10 am – Round 4
11:30 am – Schmooza END – Wrap up

Light refreshments will be served.

Deadline extended for Young Entrepreneurs Fair applications

Do you have a child between the ages of 9 and 14 who likes to create handmade art, crafts or delectable edibles? We are looking for participants for our Young Entrepreneurs Fair, to be held on Saturday, May 4, during our Meet in the Street arts and crafts festival. Booth space is still available, and the deadline to apply has been extended to February 15, 2019. If you have a budding entrepreneur, apply today! Click here to download the application and learn more.

Meet in the Street Grand Sponsor Announcement

We are pleased to announce that Engine Masters Outdoor Power Equipment has committed to be the grand sponsor of this year’s Meet in the Street arts and crafts festival on Saturday, May 5, 2018. Thank you to Engine Masters for their support of the Wake Forest Chamber and this annual community event! For details on Meet in the Street, including featured music and performance acts, a list of food trucks, and what’s new in 2018, see page 5 of our Business Matters newsletter.

Speed networking event returns Feb. 7 – registration open!

Heard of speed dating? Well, Schmoozapalooza is speed networking! All the fun and none of the stress. In just a few hours, you’ll meet a room full of potential customers and make connections to help your business grow. The next Schmoozapalooza networking event will be held in February 7, 2020, at 9:00 am at The Mill Room at The Factory. This event is open to the public. Tickets are $20 for Chamber members and $25 for non-members. Click here to register!

Here’s what a past participant has to say …

“That Schmoozapalooza was by far the best networking event of all time and I need there to be another one ASAP! I already have a few meetings from it! It has been absolutely amazing what the Chamber has done for me in terms of coming to a whole new area and meeting SO MANY PEOPLE!”
–Michael Allen, PAYCHEX

Here’s how speed networking works:

  1. Attendees will sit at a table with five other networkers.
  2. Each participant will have the opportunity to speak for three minutes about their business, what sets them apart, and what referrals are best for them.
  3. At the end of 18 minutes, schmoozers will rotate to a new table and the networking starts all over again!

Click here to register!