Effective Networking Tips at Layton City’ Small Business Seminar

Tim Roper

Layton City’s Community and Economic Development department completed another successful Small Business Seminar, thanks to assistance from Tim Roper, Davis Chamber of Commerce. Roper facilitated the August 24, 2022 event and is the Chamber’s Director of Membership Development. He instructed over 30 attendees on how to effectively network their business.

Roper demonstrated how business leaders can effectively network and build profitable, long-lasting relationships. During the presentation, he asked what specific challenges those in attendance experienced involving networking. He said the most successful networkers, the ones receiving sizeable referrals, are those continually putting the other person’s needs ahead of their own.

Other effective networking techniques include:

  • Arriving at least 15 minutes early to events increases referrals by over 25%
  • Be consistent in attendance
  • Invite guests to events, bring a friend
  • Do not come to sell, come to get to know others
  • Follow up on referrals
  • Set up one-to-one meetings

The popular and educational seminars were started by Layton City in early 2016 and offer the opportunity for local business executives networking opportunities with others in the community.  The most recent event was held in the newly remodeled Training Room at Layton’s City Center Building, 437 North Wasatch Drive.

Layton City worked in conjunction with lunch sponsor First Community Bank to produce its most recent Small Business Seminar. Past classes have provided effective training on a wide array of business-related topics by local business owners and experts. Topics have included: small business marketing, finance, employee recruitment and retention, customer service, and more.

If you would like to request a future training topic for consideration, sponsor a lunch and give a five minute pitch for your business, or for more information about Layton City’s Small Business Seminars, contact Morgan Cloward at 801-336-3770, mcloward@laytoncity.org