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Toronto Networking Events for Entrepreneurs

Why attend Business Networking Events in Toronto and the GTA?

Business networking events in Toronto and the GTA, also called Toronto area entrepreneur networking events, are great places to meet potential clients and referral partners and promote your business. Our Toronto and GTA business networking events give you the opportunity to both give an Elevator Pitch about your business and converse with the other event guests to start the relationship-building process.

Notice the word, “relationship.” In order to build a relationship with another guest you need to focus on learning about them by asking questions about themselves and their businesses before talking about yourself. Then, comment positively on what they said and ask follow-up questions.

Also, remember building new relationships and gaining new clients takes time, typically an average of 5-7 touch points, so instead of trying to sell your products and services at our virtual and Toronto business networking events, focus on getting to know the other guests and what they offer; then briefly describe what you do.

Success often comes in the follow-up. Within 24 hours of attending one of our entrepreneur networking events, send those who you believe are in your target market a LinkedIn or Facebook connection request and message, phone call or personalized email message and ask if they would like to meet for a video call to continue your conversation.

We host 4 business networking events every month, typically in this pattern:

1. IN-PERSON event in Toronto (East York) – 1st Tuesday of month from 5-8pm

2. VIRTUAL business networking event – 2nd Wednesday of the month at 12pm

3. IN-PERSON business networking event in Newmarket – 3rd Tuesday of the month from 5-8pm.
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4. IN-PERSON event in the Vaughan/North Toronto area. Typically the last Tuesday of the month from 5-8pm.

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VIRTUAL AND TORONTO BUSINESS NETWORKING EVENTS

GTApreneurs June 2024 Business Networking Events Toronto
GTApreneurs July 2024 Business Networking Events Toronto

GTApreneurs Business Networking Event Toronto - Vaughan with Food Buffet

GTApreneurs June 18 Toronto Business Networking Event

Tues June 18, 2024 (5-8pm)
– Includes Food Buffet & Guest Contact Sheet

Join us for a fun, educational and productive Business Networking Event where you can meet potential clients and referral partners, learn something new and promote your business! You will have the option to give a 30-45 second Elevator Pitch.

VENUE: Improve Canada, 2nd floor auditorium
ADDRESS: 7250 Keele St, Vaughan, ON (1 block north of Toronto)
PARKING: Free, onsite. Park near entrance O, M or J

EVENT FEE: Free for members
Non-members: $25 in advance or $30 on event day

Meet Keith Wood

We’re happy to have Keith be the Guest Speaker at our June 18, 2024 in-person Business Networking Event!

Learn more about Keith in this video >>

How to find the event room

PARK near building entrance O, M or J (North/West sides of the building)

Our EVENTS take place UPSTAIRS on the 2nd FLOOR in the auditorium. 

INDOOR DIRECTIONS:

Option 1:

  • Go in ENTRANCE “O”
  • Walk past the mini-pool
  • Make a RIGHT and go straight.
  • We are the 6th store on the left side, unit #118.
  • Go 1 store past that and on the left you will see a STAIRCASE going up to the second floor
  • Walk up the stairs and through the door on the left, then straight ahead
  • You will see signs with directions

Option 2:

  • Go in ENTRANCE “M”
  • Walk straight ahead until you come to the main hallway
  • You will see the same staircase going up

Option 3:

  • Go in ENTRANCE “J”
  • Walk straight ahead, almost half way down the aisle and you will find the west staircase and elevator.

 

*ELEVATOR ACCESS: At the east-end staircase, go right a few stores (heading west)

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GTApreneurs Business Networking Event Toronto - East York with Food Buffet

GTApreneurs July 9-2024 Business Networking Events Toronto - East York

Tues July 9, 2024 (6-9pm)
– Includes Food Buffet & Guest Contact Sheet

Join us for an exciting in-person, Toronto business networking event where you can meet potential clients and referral partners!

VENUE: Expedia Cruises
ADDRESS: 2035 Danforth Ave., Toronto, ON M4C 1J8
PARKING: Metered on street
TTC: Take Bloor subway line and get off at Woodbine station

EVENT FEE: Free for members
Non-members: $20

BizCon Business Conference and Expo + GTApreneurs Networking Event

GTApreneurs July 18-2024 business networking event with BizCon

Tues July 18, 2024 (1-6pm)
– Includes Food Buffet & Guest Contact Sheet

Join us on Thurs. July 18 for a massive business networking opportunity as we partner with Better Events Management Inc. again this year at their BizCon event.

VENUE: Grand Cinnamon Convention Centre
ADDRESS: 3895 McNicoll Ave, Scarborough, ON M1X 0C1
PARKING: Free onsite

EVENT FEE: Free for members
Non-members: $30 in advance or $35 on event day

GTApreneurs July 24 Virtual Business Networking Event

Come out to meet other amazing business owners who may become your clients or referral partners, learn something new and promote your business! You will have 30-45 seconds to give your Elevator Pitch.

This event will feature President of GTApreneurs, Tammy Defoe as our featured Speaker. Tammy is a Business Coach, Sales and Public Speaking Trainer. She founded GTApreneurs in 2019 and has hosted over 100 business networking events to date. She also helps aspiring, start-up and growth phase business owners with defining the best business strategy for them, educating and training them in sales, networking, public speaking, marketing and digital marketing and sending them referrals to help them be as successful as possible.

Contact Tammy:
(416) 522-7770 | info@gtapreneurs.com. Book a video consultation: calendly.com/gtapreneurs

WARM-UP VERSION (12-1pm)

[11:45am-12pm: Pre-event networking]
12-12:10pm: GTApreneurs welcoming presentation
12:10-12:30pm: Speaker presentation – Tammy Defoe “Smash your 2024 Business Goals!”
12:30-1:00pm: Elevator Pitchs (30 seconds each)
Free

PREMIUM VERSION (12-2pm)

[11:45am-12pm: Pre-event networking]
12:00-1:00pm: Warm-up part of event
  1:00-2:00pm: Private Networking in Breakout rooms
*Guest Contact Sheet will be emailed to you after the event
$10

Stay tuned for a video interview with Tammy Defoe.
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April 30-2024 - GTApreneurs Business Networking Event with Food Buffet

What is the key to business networking success?

Some entrepreneurs regularly attend networking events and convert some of those event guests into clients. Other entrepreneurs attend networking events and never get clients. Why is that?

The big secret, which is not an actual secret, is to consider the contact you make with people at a networking event as one “touch,” in a multi-touch sales or business development process. Unless you sell products, other event guests will not buy from you or hire you on the spot at an event, so don’t tell them everything about your business. Instead give a few benefits of your services and suggest you meet for a video call at a later date to learn how you may be able to collaborate. 

Before that though, make sure to take the time to get to know the other person. This is important for 3 reasons. 

  1. They will feel like you care.. it will make them like you more.
  2. You can qualify them – meaning are they qualified to become your clients, based on need, desire, ability to pay and them not having a best friend or family member who offers what you do.
  3. It will help you determine if it is worth your time to suggest a one-one-one meeting with them and it will tell them whether it is worth their time to meet with you at a later time. 

How can you get to know the other guests at the event and how can you get them to know you? Talk with them. Say, “Hi, how are you? I’m [Your Name]” It’s an easy conversation starter. They will tell you their name and you can both say, “Nice to meet you.” After that, say or ask something not specifically related to your business or their business to build some rapport. I call these conversation extenders.

There are 2 ways to extend a conversation:

  1. Make a comment, such that the other person wants to comment or ask about your comment.
  2. Ask a question.

Remember always comment POSITIVELY on what the other person says.. DON’T COMPLAIN about anything.. NO ONE wants to hear about anything negative and if you say anything negative, they will not want to have another conversation with you again.. meaning, they WILL NOT become your client.

You only get one chance to make a 1st impression. Make sure that it’s a good one. Leave other people with a feeling that they like you and would be happy to converse with you more in the future.

For example, you could comment on:

a. Weather
b. Something they are wearing or something about them.. i.e. give a compliment (Be genuine)
c. Venue – “This is a beautiful space!” 
d. Event – “Wow! There are a lot of people here!”

Or you could ask them:

e. “Have you been to a networking event before?”
f. “Have you been to one of these events before?”
g. “Are you from around here?”
h. “Do you live in the area?” [DO NOT ask, “Where do you live?” It is too personal for some people, especially when its a male asking a female]
i. “Did you see the Jays game last weekend?”

Then say, “Tell me about your business,” comment positively on what they say and ask follow up questions. After you’ve both had a chance to talk, if you determine they are qualified to be your client, suggest that you meet again another time were you can talk about how you can collaborate. 

Hopefully they will agree and you can book the meeting then or tell them you will send them an email tomorrow to set something up. If it’s the latter, make sure to SEND THEM THE FOLLOW-UP EMAIL. *Make sure to always send follow-up communication (email, phone or LinkedIn connection request with a note) within 24-48 hours of meeting a prospect or the lead may go cold.

Note, networking events are one of many sales funnels you can use to grow your business, and like other sales funnels, you will never get 100% of those you connect with to say Yes to a meeting and say Yes to becoming your client, and that’s ok. If you can get a meeting booked with around 10-30% of event guests, and you follow a good format in your one-on-one meeting, you will find that networking events are a great way to get new clients. Note, for some types of products and services, people need more time to feel they know and like you. and can trust you to provide high-quality products or services. Also, many people may not be looking for what you are offering at that moment, so come back to our events every month and you will get closer and closer to success.

If you want help with converting event guests into clients, book a video consultation with Tammy Defoe. She would be happy to tell you about her custom coaching and training programs.

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