Networking in the Quinte Area

In entrepreneurs, Quinte by Marijo Cuerrier

Being a new business in town, I have to get my butt out from behind the keyboard & network on a regular basis. So this past week I went on a little visit to our local Small Business Centre here in Belleville and met with a lovely young woman by the name of Kristina. She not only was full of enthusiasm for the area, but also very knowledgable in regards to marketing. It was a pleasure to meet with her. So here is a list of some networking opportunities for local businesses in the Quinte Region. If you have more you would like me to add, please leave a comment below and I will update the list any appropriate items.

NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES FOR BUSINESS IN THE QUINTE REGION

Belleville Chamber of Commercehttps://bellevillechamber.ca/
Membership fees range from $115 for a retired individual to $2375 for businesses with 900+ employees

Quinte West Chamber of Commercehttps://quintewestchamber.ca/
Membership fees range from $100 for Not for Profit to $520 for businesses with 201-500 employees

Kiwanis Club of Bellevillehttps://kiwanisclubofbelleville.com/
Membership Fees are not listed on site.
Members are encouraged to attend as many meetings as possible during the year. The Club has three luncheon meetings and one dinner meeting per month to provide a member the opportunity to attend at different times.Although attendance at all meetings is not required we do encourage members to become involve with as many club programs and projects as their schedule permits.

Kiwanis Club of Trentonhttps://trentonkiwanis.ca
Membership Fees are not listed on site.
The Kiwanis Club of Trenton was chartered on April 10, 1951. There are still three active charter members with over 61 years of service to their community. They are Ted Parker, Paul Tripp, and Wayne Simmons. The Kiwanis Club meets at 6:15 every Thursday at the Curling Club on King Street in Trenton.

Quinte Business Networkhttps://www.quintebusinessnetwork.ca/
Membership Fees are not listed on site.
QBN is a non-for profit organization made up of local trades people and professionals who refer each other to their valued friends, relatives and clients as they recognize the opportunity to do so while going about their daily business. QBN meets every Wednesday morning at 6:45 a.m. at the Travelodge Hotel Belleville (11 Bay Bridge Road, Hwy 2 and Hwy 62 South, Belleville). Interested tradespeople, professionals and independent contract salespeople are welcome to attend two meetings before joining. But you cannot join if your business is a direct competitor with another member.

Women’s Sales and Ad Club of Bellevillehttps://wsacb.ca/
Dues are $375 for 1 year.
The purpose of Women’s Sales and Ad Club of Belleville is to provide a venue for women to network. WSACB provides an opportunity for women with similar challenges to meet with other business women; to promote their business; to learn more about the principles of selling; to develop their careers; and to have a voice in the community.

Women’s Small Business Networkhttps://www.wsbn.ca/
No Dues. Fee is charged for your meal. Quarterly meetings.
WSBN holds quarterly dinner meetings in various locations throughout their coverage areas of Quinte West, the County and Belleville. The network dinners typically attract about 50-60 women who run small businesses. Women entrepreneurs-to-be often attend the dinner meetings to chat with their future mentors to gain insight into the pros and cons of running a successful entrepreneur operation. WSBN’s mandate is to help women promote their businesses through networking, the sharing of ideas and resources and to support new and potential women entrepreneurs.

Strong Women Strong Communities Annual Eventhttps://www.intelligencer.ca/2012/03/08/celebrating-womens-lives
Held on National Women’s Day each year, this hugely successful event is classy, loud and lots of fun to attend…if you are a woman anyway.

Belleville’s Emerging Leadershttps://bellevillesemergingleaders.wordpress.com/
Geared towards 18-38 year olds – although I did contact them and they said they would accept old gals like me – the BEL Group is a new and exciting initative in Belleville aimed at helping the new professionals of this community thrive and become more connected with one another. The goal for the group is to have meetings and events where the new professionals receive mentoring from more experienced professionals, to promote networking, have guest speakers, fun social events and ultimately to build a solid group of Bellevilles Future Professionals and Leaders.

Quinte Young Professionalshttps://quinteyoungprofessionals.ca/
Quinte Young Professionals is a group of individuals connecting with peers in social environments to exchange ideas, share common interests, learn more about the area’s business community and engage in the community’s future. Also geared towards young business professionals.

If you would like to ad your networking event, club or opportunity here, please email me at marijo@dtourcreative.com or leave a comment below.