Virtual Business Networking with a Twist
Step Ahead Networking brings a new twist to the business networking world. Many of our members are located in Queens and Long Island, but we have had members from around the world. We are a one-per-industry networking group that meets on a regular basis, but we meet once a month, rather than once a week, allowing busy business-people to have more time for getting business done. For the safety of our members, we have moved to a virtual format for the foreseeable future, with all of our chapter meetings on Zoom.
Like the giants in the networking industry, we have multiple chapters, but unlike the giants, there is no fee to apply, our pricing is reasonable and you only have to commit for three months the first time. Subsequent renewals are annual.
Since our chapters each meet once a month, any meeting that falls on a holiday will be rescheduled at another date. All of our meetings have a facilitator, which means that the person running the meeting is not there to promote their own business, but to make sure that every member receives maximum value. Of course, you also have to do your part.
With monthly meetings, attendance is particularly important, so absence and lateness will be tracked, and every member is encouraged to bring value to the group in whatever way they can, which may include:
• giving referrals to other members
• holding individual meetings with other members outside of regular meeting hours
• inviting guests and/or new members to meetings
• making useful introductions, even if it's not direct business
• offering discounts on goods and services to other group members
• bringing relevant articles/education to the attention of the group
We hold in-person inter-chapter mixers monthly in Nassau County, which allow all of our members the opportunity to meet members from other chapters as well as visitors who have not yet joined.
Members can also visit other chapters once per quarter at no extra cost, as long as there is no category conflict with someone in that chapter. The facilitators will be keeping an eye on the needs of each member, so if there's someone you should meet in another chapter, we'll point it out.
The format of our meetings is designed to keep it fresh. We're the networking organization for the person who's tired of the same old same old, so our groups will hear from each other as well as outside speakers as is appropriate.
Our Members Get Published
Perhaps the thing that makes Step Ahead Networking most unique is that we offer our members the opportunity to get published at no extra cost as part of our Step Ahead Series.
We Support Local Charities
Charitable giving was built into our business plan. We offer not for profit organizations discounted memberships and the opportunity to be the beneficiary of our charitable giving program.
Find out if we're a good fit
Contact us to learn if we have a group that needs what you do.