OC Networking Events for Small Business Owners

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If you’re a small business owner working and living in Orange County, you should be looking for ways to network with other entrepreneurs like yourself. Cultivating a network and cohort of like-minded individuals is not only good for your business, it’s also good for you socially. Taking initiative, putting yourself out there, and making connections is likely how you got your small business off the ground, but you shouldn’t stop there. Continuing to network, mix, and create connections will only help your business grow as you do. Fortunately, there are plenty of networking events for small business owners going on all the time in Orange County, so you’re sure to find one that is perfect for you.


Networking Events for Small Business Owners: Making Connections And Creating Opportunities

Network After Work

If you’re looking for the top networking event in the OC, look no further than Network After Work. Network After Work is more than just a catchy name—it’s also the best face-to-face business networking company in the country that offers monthly mixer events in over 60 cities and works with almost one million members. The upcoming Network After Work event will be held on October 13th at 6:00 PM at the Avenue of Arts Hotel. Each month, guests make valuable connections with members in their field of business as well as enjoy the fun atmosphere of hand-picked clubs, hotels, restaurants, and other special locations. Since its launch in 2009, Network After Work has become one of the largest and fastest growing companies of its unique kind. To learn more, sign up, or RSVP, visit them here.


This event is perfect for young, small business owners well versed in all things tech, as well as those who work closely with tech in their specific business field. Hosted by Eureka Building, #TechtoberfestOC2016 will be an evening of learning, networking, bonding, and enjoying delicious brews and brats in the tradition of Octoberfest! This year’s event will be in Eureka Park in Irvine, Thursday, October 20th from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Register here and prepare for a night of fun competition, meet and greets, interviews with some of the biggest names in small business entrepreneurship, and more. What’s even better—the whole event is free!

Opportunity is Everywhere: Seize Them to Create Your Own Success

Hosted by Pacific Advisors, Opportunity is Everywhere is an event designed to help small business owners and entrepreneurs see that opportunity truly is everywhere you look. This free event offers an evening of learning and networking as well as great speakers and chances for meet and greets with other members. Learn to enhance and further your career by taking advantage of all the opportunities that come your way every day. The event will be held at The Courtyard in Newport Beach on October 20th from 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM. If you plan to also attend #Techtoberfest2016OC, there is a slight scheduling conflict, so plan ahead! Register here.

Annual Orange County/Inland Empire’s Largest Mixer

You may own a small business, but have you been to the Largest Mixer? This event is held in Orange County, LA, and the Inland Empire every year, and the Inland Empire’s Largest Mixer is set for October 26th, 2016. Held at the Ontario Convention Center from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, the Largest Mixer is a huge event where Inland Empire chambers and business organizations gather to learn, bond, and network. You can mix and mingle with business professionals from all walks of life as well as learn more about the local businesses, industries, and companies around the area. It’s a great place to make connections, advertise your small business and services, as well as rub elbows with very important people. To attend, you can buy tickets online, or pay $20 at the door.

WIN-Networking Orange County Open Business Dinner

Come to the WIN-Networking Orange County Open Business Dinner Meeting in Santa Ana for a night of networking, learning, and food. Held at the Courtyard Santa Ana John Wayne Airport in Orange County, this event is held daily from October 5, 2016 until December 31, 2016, so if you can’t make it one day, week, or even month this fall, you have plenty more opportunities to stop by! You can find and purchase tickets here.

As you can see, there are many opportunities to network right in your own backyard. If you want to find other networking events for small business owners and more, do your research! There are plenty to be found in and around the area all year long.

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