Boston Networking Events – 09/29/14 through 10/03/14

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Contrary to popular belief, you will not turn into a pumpkin if you network past midnight. That’s why in this edition of our networking event roundup, we’re bringing you to events all day, all week. Check out the latest in healthcare, the greatest in design and enough innovation to power an entire city. All that and more is in store for The Week Ahead!

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Inbound 2014 – Lessons in Community Building

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Inbound 2014 took place last week in Boston and the atmosphere was electrically infectious. The conference was organized by HubSpot and offered riveting speakers, exceptional learning opportunities, and an overdose of enthusiastic networking. It also drew thousands of innovative marketing and sales professionals from around the world to explore and discuss the impact that cutting edge marketing methods have on business.

One aspect of Inbound 2014 that really stood out to me was the sense of comradeship that existed within this massive, sometimes disparate gathering. Everyone I met and spoke with was eager to share their experiences, and they all possessed a great passion for helping build business success.

This high level of connectedness is indicative of the strong sense of community that HubSpot has managed to develop with its customers and fans. As a company, they have made an art form out of moving relationships beyond the ordinary and into the realm of the extraordinary.

Inbound 2014 - Martha Stewart Photo ©KeithSpiroPhotoThere is a valuable lesson to be learned by business owners, as fostering a sense of community is a key component to building a successful business today. Over time, the best customer relationships can be developed and nurtured to the point of having a positive impact on your growth. This only occurs when a customer feels invested in and respected. In this way, building a community for business is actually a lot like building a community of friends: You need to respect individuals and solicit their input as well as their support.

It takes time to build such powerful relationships. While that may be a daunting prospect, especially for many small business owners, it’s important to remember that anything you do today can have a major impact down the road. With that in mind, here are five ways to start building your community of business champions immediately:

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Boston Networking Events – 09/22/14 through 09/26/14

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Boston's business community is well-known for having an incredible networking scene! This week, we're helping you come up with new ideas, learning to make strong connections on a personal level and celebrating great causes. You don't want to miss The … [Continue reading]

Boston Networking Events – 09/15/14 through 09/19/14

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Fall is the best season for networking events in Greater Boston! This week, we're exploring everything from economics to upcycling and exit strategies to public spaces. There's a lot to like about The Week Ahead! … [Continue reading]

Market Basket – The Case for Leadership and Social Media

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Today, people around the world have a wide range of media resources at their disposal. They can use these social resources to communicate across vast distances, to keep up to date with current events, and even to voice their displeasure if they are … [Continue reading]

Networking Events – 09/08/14 through 09/12/14

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Our networking event list is bursting with amazing opportunities! This week, we're exploring community collaboration, uncovering the latest in health, and keeping current with all the innovation taking place throughout the Greater Boston area. Don't … [Continue reading]

The New Rules of Sales and Service

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In modern marketing circles, David Meerman Scott is a man who needs no introduction. For anyone not familiar with his work, David is a leading marketing and sales strategist who shares insight online and in person about marketing, leadership and … [Continue reading]

Networking Events – 08/25/14 through 08/29/14

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This week, we're bringing you the latest in tech demos, the best in improving employee relations and the most varied networking opportunities in the Greater Boston community. All that and more is in store for The Week Ahead! … [Continue reading]

WordPress in Boston

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  WordPress started in 2003 and has since become a key tool in the online presence of millions of companies. Originally viewed as a way to easily manage a blog, more and more organizations are utilizing the WordPress framework as the … [Continue reading]

Networking Events – 08/18/14 through 08/22/14

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The summer season is moving along, and event season is heating up! This week, we're bringing you world-class design, top-notch tech and opportunities to do things that matter. There's a lot to like about The Week Ahead! … [Continue reading]