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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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GTApreneurs May 28 Business Networking Event Toronto - Vaughan

Tues May 28, 2024 (5-8pm)
– Includes Food Buffet & Guest Contact Sheet

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

EVENT FEE: Free for members
Non-members: $23 in advance or $27 on event day

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)

GTApreneurs June 4 Business Networking Events Toronto - East York

GTApreneurs Business Networking Event Toronto - East York

Tues June 4, 2024 (5-8pm)
– 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 in advance or $25 on event day

GTApreneurs June 12 Virtual Business Networking Event - WARM-UP
WARM-UP VERSION (12-1pm)

[11:45am-12pm: Pre-event networking]
12-12:10pm: GTApreneurs welcoming presentation
12:10-12:30pm: Guest Speaker presentation – Rima Elfar, “Transform your Health: Nutrition coaching and Activewear for a happier stronger you”
12:30-1:00pm: Elevator Pitchs (30 seconds each)
Free

GTApreneurs June 12 PREMIUM Virtual Business Networking Event
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

This event will feature Guest Speaker Rima Elfar, Certified Nutrition Coach & Trainer, owner of Fit with Rima and Lilz Active Wear. Rima empowers busy individuals to their health goals through personalized coaching, nutrition planning, and strength training guidance, helping you regain confidence and transform your life.

Stay tuned for an exclusive video interview with Rima!
GTApreneurs June 18 Toronto Business Networking Event

GTApreneurs June 18 Business Networking Event Toronto - Vaughan

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

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

EVENT FEE: Free for members
Non-members: $23 in advance or $27 on event day

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April 30-2024 - GTApreneurs Business Networking Event with Food Buffet

What is the key to business networking success?

  1. Give a clear and specific introduction (Elevator Pitch) at events, showing passion for what you offer.
  2. When in breakout rooms, ask the other person about themselves to get to know them better, show you care and qualify them.
  3. Book one-on-one meetings with the other event guests during the event or send them a follow-up email within 24 hours to ask for a meeting.
  4. During the one-on-one meetings, focus on getting to know them better and what they offer, by asking questions, then commenting positively on what they said, and asking follow-up questions. Then, tell them more about you and your offerings in more of an explanation style than a sales pitch.
  5. ATTEND BUSINESS NETWORKING EVENTS with the same organization REGULARLY so you become familiar to others and get known as the “Go-to” person for the services or products you offer. This will further build the “Know, Like, Trust,” that most people need to feel before they decide to hire a service provider or buy from a products provider.

The Art and Skill of Business Networking

What’s the secret to business networking? Some entrepreneurs do better than others when they attend these events. 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 process.

In order words, don’t ask or expect event guests to sign on the dotted line and pay for what you are offering at the event. Also, don’t expect them to go home and buy right way.

People are busy and they have building their business first in their minds. So, at the event focus on getting to know each guest a bit through general conversation, make them feel good about themselves, ask them about their business, and try to determine if they are qualified to be your client at the event (“qualify them”). How can you determine if they are qualified? It depends on the kind of business you are in, the kind of business they are in and what else you discover through listening to what they have to say. Remember, you need to ask them questions to get the information you need and to also get to know them better and show them that you care.


If you appear to only care about yourself and pitching your business, it will push others away and make them not want to converse with you again.


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.


Then, send only those who are qualified an email or LinkedIn invitation with a note within 24-48 hours afterwards, so they remember who you are; tell them that you were pleased to meet them and then ask them for something.. a meeting, to attend your event, etc. Ask them something that is not too much of a commitment, so it will increase the likelihood of them agreeing to what you asked for. This digital message is another “touch,” in a multi-touch sales process. A “touch” is any kind of contact a person has with your business, including you.


For those who agree to a meeting or to attend your event, still focus on giving them your attention and care, then present what you offer and how it can help them, then ask them to become your client. If you go with the inviting to an event approach, you may want to ask for a meeting within 24-48 hours after the event. Then at that meeting, follow the same given for meetings above.


Remember that networking events are a sales funnel and that not everyone will say “Yes” to a meeting or to anything else you may ask, and that’s ok. Keep going to the same networking events over and over again to get to know the other guests and have them get to know you better. Overtime, many more may become your clients.


Want to take your business up a further level? Join one of our referral groups, where you get free access to the Premium version of all of our events and you get to attend weekly motivational meetings with a group of high-calibre business owners who are eager to send and receive referrals and provide you with other support to grow your business.

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