Have you been looking for a way to get in front of a few hundred or even a thousand like-minded professionals who may have an interest in your product or service? Or are you in a place in life that you are looking for a new opportunity to spend your free time developing? Do you enjoy being around the truly motivated entrepreneurs in your community? In that case, Chocolate Blues produced by Shelly Rice is the answer for you!
Chocolate Blues is not the typical trade show or networking event. It focuses on the real business to business networking that propels businesses to the next level. Chocolate Blues is one of the largest, and definitely most productive local networking events in the country. Included in the event is live blues music, free chocolate, open networking, vendors, networking games, door prizes, brainstorming circles, breakout sessions and a giant business card exchange.
The environment is energizing, entertaining, and relaxed enough to have solid conversations about your opportunity with like-minded individuals that are motivated to improve their businesses and yours. The participants have a great chance to walk around and discover potential partnerships, explore new opportunities, and understand the hottest trends. The brainstorming from the connections made is worth the visit as a guest or a vendor.
Chocolate Blues attracts decision makers from multiple industries of business. The attendance varies around the country but is usually around 1,000-1,500 professionals. If you have a business that you are trying to promote then you definitely want to take advantage of the vendor opportunity. The benefits of the event are extremely high compared to the costs which vary by location so be sure to check the website for update fees.
Shelly Rice does an excellent job putting on this event, as she understands that the vendors are looking for highly qualified participants along with strategic partnership and networking opportunities. Shelly has achieved this goal along with making it a fun and entertaining atmosphere. Her 21 years experience has led to making the Chocolate Blues event one of the best in the country. Recent expansion has led to events in Dallas, Austin, Iowa, Louisville, and others. I am especially excited about the upcoming Indianapolis and Fort Wayne events since I live in Indianapolis.
Be sure to bring plenty of business cards, fliers, educational information, and anything that will leave the participants remembering you once the event ends. The key to these events is to make a solid impression on anyone you meet, give them something valuable to think about, and have a followup topic to discuss in the upcoming days. Set up appointments when you are there! Don’t leave it as “I will call you later” if you can get them scheduled now. Take advantage of these networking events to grow your business!
Check out the Chocolate Blues schedule and vendor sign up here and be sure to sign up for my newsletter and 3-day training course to discover how you can take your offline business and build it into an online brand. Good luck.