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Buffalo Networking Events: July Edition

In one of my previous blogs, Networking for Introverts, I mentioned the fact that 80% of today’s jobs are landed through networking which stands as pretty good evidence to support the saying, “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know.”
It’s been one year since I embarked on my exploration of professional organizations and networking events in the Buffalo-Niagara region and needless to say, there’s never a dull moment! Here are a few of my favorite organizations and upcoming Buffalo events well worth checking out!
What is it? The Partnership acts as an extension of your staff – providing you all the business recourses you need to succeed. 
The perks:
- 50+ networking events throughout the year – great for hiring managers and Small to Mid-Size business owners.
- Business Resources: Business intelligence services, professional development programs, marketing and sponsorship opportunities, and cost savings programs.
Rising events:
Scramble Cocktails on Tuesday, 6/28 @ 5:30PM.
Capital Conversations: New Overtime Rules & Paid Family Leave Panel on Tuesday, 7/19 @8AM.
BN360 Happy Hour for a Cause on Thursday, 7/21 @ 5:30PM
What is it? Only the BIGGEST incubator in buffalo and home to d!g, 43North, Z80  Labs, and some of the fastest growing companies and start-ups in the region.
The perks:
- Consider the Innovation Center the hostess with the mostess – at the very least there is one event, every week hosted at IC, for IC, or by IC.
- The Innovation Center provides workspace, education, business resources, and networking opportunities for entrepreneurs and young companies.
Rising events:
How to Pitch to Investors on 6/29 @ Noon.
The Scoop: Networking event for Young Professionals on Wednesday, 7/6 @ 5:30PM
Protecting Intellectual Property on Wednesday, 7/13 @ Noon
Essence of a Great Brand on Wednesday, 7/20 @ Noon


What is it? An international service organization with the purpose of bringing together business and professional leaders to provide humanitarian services and advance goodwill and peace around the world.
The perks:
- Established in 2014, Rotary BNMC is the youngest club in Buffalo and the first to be housed on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.
- Meetings are every Monday at 5PM on the BNMC campus. Great group of individuals (young professionals to executives) who are passionate about Buffalo community.
- New speaker every week, volunteer opportunities, networking events, mentorship opportunities and community outreach galore!
Rising events:
2nd Anniversary Celebration on Monday, 6/27 @ 5PM
Habitat for Humanity on Saturday, 7/8 @ 9AM
Speaker: Ricardo Herrera, Director of the Buffalo Federation of Neighborhood Centers on Monday 7/11 @ 5 PM (Social at Ulrich’s Tavern @ 6PM)
What is it? A non-profit organization led by young professionals dedicated to promoting a lasting sense of civic pride in the Greater Buffalo area.
The perks:
- The B Team partners with organizations to develop and execute volunteer-driven events to inspire community engagement.
- Volunteer activities across the city including park clean-ups, fundraisers, and supporting and engaging with the young children who are our future.
Rising events:
Christmas in July on Thursday, 7/21 @ 5:30PM
5. Additional organizations worth checking out:
Network After Work
I will never be able to exhaust the importance of networking and in order for you to understand that for yourself you have to get up, get out, and get involved! You may have already scooped out some of my recommendations, but there's a lot of Buffalo networking events this month and you'll be missing out if you don't explore the scene. 
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