Small Business Networking
Business Networking in Houston
This Year's Top Events and Groups
Houston is a great place to launch a new business--between the low tax rates and its burgeoning tech contribution, small business is booming in the Texas town.
Whether you’re a small business owner, future entrepreneur, or looking for work in Houston, finding the best of the best networking events is a worthwhile goal. Even if you don’t join the group, being able to chat with and learn from industry leaders and peers alike makes for great experience.
There are dozens of networking groups and events in Houston, but here are a few of the best:
Network After Work Houston
Network After Work is in most major cities in the U.S., so you know their Houston chapter is well-organized and productive. They have the clout to secure some of the greatest Houston locations, and their events are a great combination of professional and social. Whether you’re promoting a new business or looking for a job, Network After Work should be at the top of your list.
Most networking groups try to separate themselves from the crowd, especially with the influx of new networking events and groups seemingly every week. NetParty Houston manages to stand out amongst the many by creating unique events for young Houston professionals to build their networks amongst their 2,000-plus members. Their events, like the recurring “NetParty Turbo,” puts a fun twist on social events like speed-dating and gives them a professional edge.
American Marketing Association – Houston
If you’re looking for a group that combines information with socializing, the AMA Houston chapter is the group for you. In addition to regular networking lunches, the AMA hosts information sessions, workshops, and a yearly awards ceremony for marketing professionals. Their website even features one of Houston’s most active job boards for members to use. Membership gets you the inside scoop on the newest job listings as well as access to chapter events and nationwide resources.
Social Young Professionals
If networking makes you nervous, Social Young Professionals is the perfect Houston networking group for you. They focus on low-pressure, socially-focused events that cater to specific industries or experience levels, so you’re always amongst peers.
Houston Young Professionals meetups
With the booming business community in Houston, young professionals need a space to wade through the clutter and find like-minded people to network with. The Young Professionals group offers events like speed networking, as well as lighthearted meetups like Live-Laugh-Network to take the pressure off the idea of networking. As a member, you can find discounted admission to business expos and workshops as well.
If you’re a young professional in Houston looking to develop your career, Texas Young Professionals can help. This networking group offers workshops and community service opportunities, as well as social events that help you get to know others in your industry. They hold monthly Marketplace Houston roundtable discussions, where lunch is included with admission.
SLGT Coffee Club
Are you looking to network over caffeine and conversation? Houston’s Support Local, Grow Together group meets monthly with business owners and investors to help grow Houston’s small business community. If you’re a business owner or entrepreneur, this group can help you connect and grow your local economy.
Young Professionals in Energy
The energy industry in Houston is one of the largest in the country. YPE offers events to help professionals in this sector network and socialize. You can attend happy hours as well as specific energy-focused events, and participate in monthly community service events.
Finding the right fit in a networking group can be difficult, especially if you're a new business owner. Luckily, there are many more groups beyond this list to explore in Houston--they're just waiting for you!