Whenever you move to a new city, it can be difficult to make new connections – both personal and professional. When you don’t know anyone, what can you do to get better acquainted with your new surroundings? When you live and work in Springfield, getting plugged in isn’t hard with our vast network of business owners, entrepreneurs, employees and beyond. You can choose from dozens of networking groups depending on your age, career field and more.
Ready to see how you can get connected? Let’s take a look at some of our largest networking groups!
Popular networking hubs
- Rotary International. This networking group is one of the largest in the world, and they have five groups in Springfield alone. Rotary focuses on service, encouraging local professionals to get involved with their communities while networking. Their guiding principles encourage truth, fairness and goodwill to others, and they practice this through partnerships with local nonprofits. Rotary is best known in Springfield for the Rock’n Ribs BBQ Festival, helping raise over 1.5 million so far for children’s charities.
- Springfield Chamber of Commerce. If you’re looking to connect with businesses both large and small while getting cutting-edge news and updates, you’ve come to the right place. The Chamber of Commerce helps businesses thrive, celebrating their successes and offering resources when necessary. Join them for events like their monthly networking breakfast series Good Morning Springfield or try out their Biz Blitz Speed Networking and meet some new contacts. No matter what your professional and business needs are, the Chamber is there to help.
- Sertoma. This organization began in 1912 with the goal of providing service to mankind, which became the origin of their name. Sertoma focuses on giving back to children’s charities, and their 9 Springfield groups provide an average of $300,000 per year to help youth in Southwest Missouri. Members build friendships and network while working on blockbuster events like the Springfield Prom, Wingapalooza and the Sertoma Chili Cook Off.
Get started early
- The Network. Those under 40 who want to connect to the community can do so through The Network. This organization serves as the voice for young leaders in the region, providing access to local leadership, professional development, networking events and board opportunities. By joining, you can take part in monthly programs, task forces and service with local community partners.
- Rotaract. Those younger than 30 can join Rotaract, an affiliate of Rotary. Similar to Rotary, the organization’s purpose is to serve the community. For the local chapter of Rotaract, this means working with the youth at Great Circle through both community service and fundraising. Over the years, they’ve donated thousands to Great Circle through their fundraising efforts.
Career specific groups
No matter what industry you’re in, there is a networking group out there for you. We’ve highlighted a few of these groups below for you:
- Engineering: Missouri Society of Professional Engineers
- Technology: Springfield Women in Tech, Association of Information Tech Professionals
- Real Estate: Greater Springfield Board of Realtors, Springfield Apartment and Housing Association
- Medicine: Greene County Medical Society, Greater Springfield Dental Society
- Communication/Marketing: American Advertising Federation of the Ozarks, Association for Women in Communications, SWMO Public Relations Society of America
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