Networking – it’s one of those words that makes us cringe most of the time. Few things are more awkward than an evening of incessant introductions and shaking innumerable sweaty hands. Luckily, the Ladypreneur League is around to facilate opportunities for us to hobnob with ease. How do they do it? Well, it’s all in the venue.
The women-led biz group has created a thriving community for lady entrepreneurs in Atlanta with workshops, insightful online interviews and collaborations. Trust us, these ladies know a thing or two about making a good first impression. “We wanted to create a community of women invested in uplifting each others’ successes and interested in collaborating to create new things,” says founder Porsha Thomas. Most recently, they had a workshop in the ICE Atlanta Candler Park studio with local small business women, including PR ladies Birds of a Feather and local maker Native Bear. Up next? The first-ever Leap Conference for entrepreneurs, happening in September.
Here’s where they suggest going to work and network like a champ — from mingling with co-workers and meeting new people to getting your work done. Take your career by the horns, folks.
Best place to meet up for a potential job/meet-and-greet interview:
The Neighborhood Cafe at Parish
I love The Neighborhood Cafe at Parish for meet-and-greet interviews. Plenty of space, fast wi-fi and an excellent menu if you’re eating. If not, all hail the bottomless coffee.
Best place to take an out-of-town co-worker:
I recently had a “drinking meeting” at Last Word on Highland. We sat at the bar and still had plenty of space for our cocktails, appetizers, iPads, etc. Excellent bartending staff as well. Arrive early to work, stay late to hang out. It gets pretty busy and the crowd is friendly.
Best place to get your work done as an entrepreneur:
I’m an at-home-office-haver but when that gets boring, I head out. I’d recommend getting a day pass at Foster. It’s such a lovely space and full of awesome, creative people.
Best place to meet new like-minded people:
Since we’ve started hosting workshops and events, I’m finding that the best place to meet new people may be by doing just that. Take a class or volunteer, you never know who you’ll bump into!
Scoutmob contributor Muriel Vega is a lifetime resident of ATL and full-time authorian legend, as well as a pie enthusiast. She has a dog that may be a meme and really loves to travel. You can read more of her work at the website that she co-edits, Common Creativ ATL.