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LAEDA Alumni Connections Initiative - Alumni Meet to Share Referrals

Posted on 6/5/2019 by EDTP Coordinator in LAEDA News
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Entrepreneurs relating to each other while sharing expertise, advice, and experiences with one another is a valuable way to build a successful business venture. These relationships often create a system in which entrepreneurs can build a potential client list for each other while going on their entrepreneurial journeys together. This is why LAEDA held its third Alumni Connections Initiative event on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at the Outback Steakhouse in Deptford, NJ. The event, called Alumni Networking: Referral Rodeo, was designed to help EDTP/ WBA graduates come together to not only begin building the LAEDA alumni business directory but also to help one another connect with potential new clients.

Creating connections while networking unlocks opportunities that can be missed without these valuable concepts. These connections also help entrepreneurs to overcome challenges together and build a strong community together. Our alumni had a chance to both exchange business cards and offer referrals to help others build their businesses through potential new clients. They also had the ability to share about their businesses’ challenges and successes.

While everyone enjoyed a delicious meal, they learned more about available services that can add value to their businesses.  ADP Associate District Manager, Joseph Casaletto, explained his role with the company and how he assists small businesses. “I provide resources that are available for small businesses to succeed… Anything from employee handbooks to payroll services, we help you and protect you,” Mr. Casaletto stated. “Everything we do is simplified, transparent, and for your protection,” he added. 

Later, Jamila Powell, Program Director - Women's Business Center, informed each LAEDA alumnus of the value in building relationships and connecting with other alumni. Jamila also encouraged alumni to give a bio about themselves, their business, and their ideal client.  Then anyone with a lead for that business owner would offer the potential client’s contact information to be added to that business’ lead generation list.  By the end of the night, LAEDA alumni walked away with valuable conversations and connections, potential new clients, and a fortified support system.

LAEDA’s doors are always open to our alumni and our phones are always ringing. We are a family and always help one another. The LAEDA Women’s Business Center assists individuals with writing business plans, researching industries, building connections and relationships, finding locations, accessing resources, and much more. Please check out our website at www.laedawbc.com and or call 856-338-1177.