Networking is nothing new to small businesses, and has always been a very important component to a successful business. However, in these uncertain economic times it is more important than ever.

I recently read about a group who has formed a small networking group. The purpose of this group is to not only meet with like minded professionals, but to also refer business to one another typically including a discount or possibly a barter for services.

The challenge is finding and attending the best events for your particular business. It is very important to find the crowd that best suits you, and join their meeting.  Ease into it by joining your local Chamber of Commerce and finding a committee that needs help. By volunteering, you will be giving back to the local business community while networking with a fantastic group of people.

Baby steps, but you can do this!  Happy Networking!