“My business is built on relationships,” said Nick Annan, a senior manager with Elliott Davis, an accounting consulting firm based in South Carolina.
But building relationships with new clients — or nurturing existing ones — has been challenging during the pandemic. That’s one reason Annan joined several dozen small businesspeople Tuesday at the Columbia Chamber of Commerce’s Northeast Connection and Small Business Breakout online meeting to network and learn from each other.
Among the remote networking tips shared by attendees: Post a screen shot of your meetings on appropriate social media, such as LinkedIn.
“I grab a screen shot during the meeting and tag everyone in the picture,” said Jared Clary with Splash Omnimedia, who helped facilitate the session. “It’s helpful when you can’t network in person.”
The value of networking online extends beyond drumming up business, attendees were told — simply sharing ideas is important, too. Corporate consultant Ron Harvey said he hosts a leadership roundtable virtual meeting every Monday morning attended by hundreds of people from across the country.
“All I ask is that you bring something that adds value to the meeting, and you walk away with something of value,” Harvey said.
Learn more about free online sessions for small businesspeople and other services on the chamber’s website.