The pri­ma­ry focus of net­work­ing is to meet peo­ple and have peo­ple meet you. Mar­ket­ing your­self and your busi­ness in relaxed social sit­u­a­tions is a low-stress, low-cost way to grow your business.

The 29% Solution

by Ivan R. Mis­ner, with Michelle R. Dono­van
Net­work­ing is rarely taught in busi­ness schools, and this self-study course aims to fill the void with 52 weeks of assignments.

How to Suc­ceed in Busi­ness Using LinkedIn

by Eric Butow and Kath­leen Tay­lor
This is a prac­ti­cal guide to LinkedIn, a web­site designed to con­nect busi­ness pro­fes­sion­als to share infor­ma­tion, get answers and pro­mote them­selves and their businesses.

Web Resources

SBA - Build Your Business Through Networking

SBA — Build Your Busi­ness Through Networking

Expert advice on how to get the most from net­work­ing opportunities.

Decatur Business Association

Decatur Busi­ness Association

Join your local busi­ness orga­ni­za­tion and meet valu­able con­tacts at meet­ings and after-hours events.

DeKalb County Chamber of Commerce

DeKalb Coun­ty Cham­ber of Commerce

Check the Chamber’s cal­en­dar often to learn about local net­work­ing opportunities.

Greater Lithonia Chamber of Commerce

Greater Litho­nia Cham­ber of Commerce

Month­ly meet­ings pro­vide excel­lent oppor­tu­nites to meet local busi­ness people.

Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce

Metro Atlanta Cham­ber of Commerce

This group hosts pow­er net­work­ing lun­cheons and free events where you can learn about busi­ness oppor­tu­ni­ties in for­eign markets.

Tucker Business Association

Tuck­er Busi­ness Association

This group pro­vides net­work­ing oppor­tu­nites at month­ly meet­ings and after-hours events.

Decatur Rotary Club

Decatur Rotary Club

This ser­vice orga­ni­za­tion has week­ly meet­ings fea­tur­ing speak­ers from the local busi­ness community.

Georgia Tech Institute for Leadership and Entrepreneurship

Geor­gia Tech Insti­tute for Lead­er­ship and Entrepreneurship

IMPACT Speak­er Series brings busi­ness lead­ers from a vari­ety of indus­tries to cam­pus to share their expe­ri­ences and give advice to stu­dents and oth­er entre­pre­neurs. The week­ly series pro­vides stu­dents, alum­ni and the Atlanta busi­ness com­mu­ni­ty an oppor­tu­ni­ty to net­work and learn from suc­cess­ful entre­pre­neurs, ven­ture cap­i­tal­ists and notable busi­ness and non-prof­it lead­ers. These events are free and open to the public.