5 Networking Tips for Business Owners

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Without the right tools and skills, attending a business networking event can turn into a nightmare for any business owner. That’s why many people try to avoid these events. They think having a strong presence on social media platforms can be enough; however, that’s not the case at all. All of the online platforms combined can’t substitute for what networking brings to the table. According to a study published by Forbes: “Networking is vital to entrepreneurial success for 78% of startups!” Networking helps you generate new leads, gain a deeper knowledge of your industry, and open more opportunities for your business – whether it’s in Orange County or elsewhere. That’s why we created a list of 5 networking tips for business owners. So read on for some great networking tips!

Networking Tip 1: Set a Goal

You can easily feel lost and overwhelmed in networking events, not knowing where to start. That is why you need to determine your goals, before attending the event. Are you going there to establish new connections? Do you want to learn more about the industry from other business owners? Are you looking for referrals to help your business grow in Irvine or somewhere else in Orange County?

The goals you set will help you navigate the networking event. You can also determine who you want to talk to first or spend more time with. But, how do you know who is going to attend the event?

Networking Tip 2: Research Other Attendees

Showing up prepared will save you a lot of time during the event. It will help you strike up meaningful conversations with the right people. Some networking events mention the list of attendees in their description. If the event is on Facebook, you can check the list of people “interested” or “going” to the event.

Once you’ve found a list of attendees, do a little research. You can try to Google the names, check their business websites, or search for them on LinkedIn. This will help you create a shortlist of the people you want to speak to. Don’t make the list too long. After all, you want to establish a real connection with each of them.

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Always prepare your elevator pitch before going networking. They’re not just for use in elevators.

Networking Tip 3: Prepare an Elevator Pitch

In a networking event, you want to make the conversation long enough to generate a lead. However, it should not be too long. You want to have time to talk to other attendees as well. The term “elevator pitch” is familiar to anyone who has worked in sales or marketing. It consists of short and to-the-point sentences that best describe your California business and what you do. Try to focus on the core problem your business solves. This will raise people’s interest in what you do. Using the elevator pitch strategy will help you introduce your business to others in networking events. By keeping it short, you won’t lose their interest or attention. This will also give you time to ask them questions or answer theirs.

Networking Tip 4: Listen

Yes, you should promote your OC business at a networking event. However, the conversation should not be all about you. To truly connect with people, you should listen to them. This is not just about hearing them or giving them a chance to speak. Being an active listener can help you create a strong relationship with other attendees.

To show people you are truly listening to them, pay attention and try to ask questions. Do not just wait for them to pause so you can ask the next question on your list. This is not an interview. Instead, try to dig deeper into what they are saying. This will not just show your interest in their business, it will also give you the chance to learn something new from them.

Networking Tip 5: Follow Up

Establishing a strong connection at a networking event is only half the battle. Keeping the relationships going afterward is the other half. You don’t want the conversations to end at the event. If you do, you’ll leave the event with a bunch of business cards that will just gather dust on your desk, which won’t help your business. ALWAYS follow up after the event.

Wait a couple of days, after the networking event, then reach out to the people you met there. You can either write them an e-mail or send them a text thanking them for their time. Try to summarize what you have talked about and remind them of who you are. This will give you another opportunity to keep the conversation going and grow your business network.

Bonus: Networking Faux Pas

Networking tips are not all about what to do. There are a couple of things you need to avoid as well. Try to keep the conversation positive. If you start talking negatively about former employees or coworkers, you might scare people off. They would think you might talk badly about them as well.

When it comes to networking connections, remember it is all about give and take. So, do not be selfish. Try to offer people something as well. You can give them some business advice or share your knowledge with them. This will encourage people in your network to help you or offer something in return.

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May 2022 Orange County Networking and Business Events Calendar

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Today, you can create new business connections in various ways. Whether through attending meetings or just grabbing a cup of coffee, business networking opportunities are endless. To help you make the most of every chance, we have put together a guide to the most important business events in May 2022. It will help you organize your schedule and prepare yourself.

Here are some of the best networking and business events not to be missed this month in Orange County.

Business Networking LeTip of Anaheim

When: May 18th from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Where: Anaheim Downtown Community Center

This is a category-exclusive business networking group. They have weekly meetings to provide members and guests the opportunity to promote their services and network with other business owners, executives, and community leaders.

Fees per meeting: $20

Veteran Business Network Mixer – May 2022

When: May 19th from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Where: American Legion Newport Harbor Post 291

A chance to reach out and network with fellow veterans in the business community. There, you can build lasting professional relationships to help your business, You can also help other veterans in their careers.

Free to attend.

Monthly Coffee Club & Market Update

When: May 21st from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

Where: Edward Jones – Financial Advisor: Jonathan Lien

Sample a new coffee roast and enjoy a casual market update with leading industry insight. You can also share ideas and learn more from other investors. Topics discussed include, equities, fixed income, real estate, interest rates, inflation, and more.

The 2022 So Cal Professionals Networking Mixer

When: May 22nd from 5:00 PM to 10:30 PM

Where: Legacy Nightclub and Lounge

Enjoy an evening of networking with like-minded professionals in the fields of tech, real estate, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, engineering, business, media, and law.

Tickets: $20

OCEAN Networking Event

When: May 24th from 05:30 PM to 07:30 PM

Where: 5151 California Ave

The monthly networking events of Orange County Executives And Networkers (OCEAN) are back.

The proceeds of this event support local non-profits: RiteCare of OC and ProgressWorks.

Tickets: $10

Network After Work

When: May 25th from 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM

Where: Kitsch Bar

An night on the town with local business owners and professionals of all stripes. Networking here is not limited to one type of industry. You can expect to see an array of different industries throughout the event.

This is an exclusive, members-only event.

Tickets: $15 – $39

Orange County Career Fair – Virtual Job Fair

When: May 26th from 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM

Where: Online

A unique opportunity to meet in online interviews with decision-makers from a wide range of nationally recognized companies.

Free Attendance for Candidates!

The Young Entrepreneur Meetup Group

When: May 26th from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Where: Santa Ana, CA

During these meetings, you will learn how to create a sustainable, scalable, profitable business plan. The group meets a couple of times a month to kick around business ideas, talk shop with fellow business people, collaborate, and sort ideas in an environment characterized by group support.

Free to attend.

Found anything interesting? Mark your calendar and prepare your schedule for the business events you want to attend. To help you master the art of networking, here are a few tips. Are there any interesting business events that you think we have missed? You can add them in the comments section.

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April 2022 Orange County Networking and Business Events Calendar

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Orange County Networking Events for You – April 2022

In today’s fast-moving business world, networking is essential. Attending networking events can provide your business with the opportunity it needs to thrive. It is a great chance to learn, socialize and connect with fellow members of the Orange County business community.

Trying to keep up with all of the great OC events can be overwhelming. To make it easier for you, we have put together a guide of the most important business events in April 2022. So, mark your calendar and prepare your schedule.

Here are the top ten greatest networking events not to be missed this month in Orange County.

ABAOC-CAN: Business Networking Breakfast

When: April 13th from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Where: Delta Hotels by Marriott Anaheim

The Asian Business Association of Orange County (ABAOC) is a non-profit that was built to provide the Asian American community opportunities to gain access to economic advancement.

Member (breakfast included) – FREE                

Non-member (breakfast included) – $30 

Non-member (NO breakfast) – FREE

Business Networking LeTip of Anaheim

When: April 13th from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Where: Downtown Anaheim Community Center

This is a category-exclusive business networking group. They organize weekly meetings to provide members and guests with the opportunity to build their business, strengthen their brand, and find new clients Tickets: $20

THRIVE: A Women’s Perspective on Entrepreneurship

When: April 14th from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Where: Crowne Plaza Costa Mesa

Network with other inspiring and impactful women and learn how to expand your business. Tickets: General Admission $100

April 2022 Networking Luncheon

When: April 20th from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM

Where: The Capital Grille

This event is organized by the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce. Build new business connections in a relaxed, social atmosphere.

Fees: $40 for Members  $50 for potential Members

Orange Chamber of Commerce Business Networking Group

When: April 20th from 11:45 AM to 1:00 PM

Where: Tartan Room

A excellent opportunity learn about other businesses and help your own business grow. Each attendee will have a chance to describe what it is that they do. Tickets: $20 for Members ($30 for Non-Members)

Orange County Career Fair & Virtual Job Fair

When: April 21st from 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM

Where: Virtual

A unique opportunity to meet one-on-one in online chats with local and national decision-makers from well-recognized companies.

Anaheim Chamber After Hours Mixer

When: April 21st from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM

Where: Poppy & Seed

A fun and social evening of business networking and meeting people that have a business in Anaheim. Attendees comes from wide ranging backgrounds.

Members: Free

Non-Members: $30

Network After Work Orange County

When: April 27th from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Where: Kenwood’s Kitchen and Tap

Enjoy a night on the town with professionals and business owners of all stripes. Become a part of the conversation and take your business to the next level. All manner of industries are welcome!

Tickets: Free for Members (Membership: $39 per year)

State of the County 2022

When: April 28th from 8:00 AM to 9:30AM

Where: This event will be hosted via zoom.

Get the most up to date information on Orange County’s current economic outlook and forecast. You will also learn about what Orange County is doing to support local businesses and the resources available for local businesses.

OCEAN (Orange County Executives And Networkers) Networking Event

When: April 28th from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Where: 5151 California Ave

A fun networking event for business-minded people.

Proceeds support local non-profits: RiteCare of OC & ProgressWorks

Tickets: $10

So, there you have it. The top ten networking events to attend this month in Orange County, CA. Mark your calendars and get ready to build new business connections. Finding out about business events is one thing. Networking successfully at these events is a different story. To help you out, here are a few tips on how to network at business events.

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March 2022 Orange County Networking and Business Events Calendar

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The Best Networking Opportunities in Orange County in March 2022

We are living in an exciting era of networking and business opportunities in Orange County. Whether online or in-person, spreading the word about your business has never been easier. To help you plan ahead, we have put together this calendar of not to be missed events in March 2022.

Here are ten great opportunities to network, learn, and help your business to thrive.

ACG OC – Women in Leadership Power Lunch

When: March 3rd from 11:45 AM to 1:15 PM

Where: Capital Grill

ACG Orange County is a great source for meeting up with people interested in making investments and building middle-market companies.

Santa Ana Young Entrepreneurs

When: March 4th from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

Where: Logical Thinking For Business Owners

If you are learning the skills of business ownership or are in the preliminary stages, this event is for you. As a member of the Young Entrepreneurs Group, you will meet a couple of times a month with like-minded people to brainstorm business ideas, talk and collaborate.

This event is free to attend.

Climate Day at Expo West 2022

When: March 8th from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Where: Anaheim Convention Center

This event will help your business build the connections needed to make climate actions possible. Join industry leaders for inspirational keynotes and get real-world advice you can use. Space is limited, so act now!

Mission Viejo Networking In-Person Meetup

When: March 8th from 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM

Where: Union Market at Kaleidoscope

This event is not about passing and collecting business cards. It is about building and nurturing real business relationships.

This event is free to attend.

Grow Your Business Networking

When: March 9th from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Where: Country Club Drive

Network In Action is starting a new group in the Mission Viejo area. They provide networking, masterminding, social media marketing, and entrepreneurial training opportunities. All this will help you grow your business in whatever direction you need.

This event is free to attend.

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Want to network in SoCal? You’ve come to the right place. We highly recommend networking at the beach whenever possible.

Start-up CPG Alley Rally at Expo West

When: March 10th from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Where: Bowlero Anaheim

Celebrate with us the first return of Startup CPG to Anaheim since 2019 in this fun-filled soiree and networking event. Startup CPG is the national network for emerging brands working toward improving the world’s food system. There will be a dedicated area for Backpack Brands; these are the products / founders who are too early/small to have a booth at the Expo. There, they will show off their samples/prototypes.

Tickets: $35 – $65

Start-ups Fund Raising Program

When: March 12th from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

Where: Online Event

Learn how to raise funds for your Start-up business. Event host, Lakshman Singh is a start-ups mentor. He has more than a decade of extensive experience in the field.

Tickets: $30 – $75

Irvine Virtual Job Fair

When: March 14th from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Where: Virtual

Each year, JobFairX helps thousands of seekers find their next career move. Past participants have included Apple, Amazon, and the TSA. Whether you are looking for a new career move or just curious about the job market, this event is for you.

Business Networking 1 Day Training

When: March 18th from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Where: Regus – California, Irvine – Irvine Spectrum

A training session focused on improving your networking skills and successfully developing a network of business connections. You will also learn the tools and techniques to plan a successful, strategic approach to networking and develop your personal communication skills. This will help you build effective business relationships.

Network After Work

When: March 24th from 6:00 PM to 08:00 PM

Where: Descanso Restaurant

Network After Work is a leader in networking events. Join them for an evening on the town with other local business owners, entrepreneurs, and professionals. There, you will have an opportunity to increase your brand’s visibility and build relationships with like-minded people.

This event is free for members to attend.

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February 2022 Orange County Networking and Business Events Calendar

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Your One Stop Shop for Upcoming Orange County Networking and Business Events

What you know is critical when starting a business; however, who you know is also an essential part of the process. That is why networking plays a crucial role in business growth. You should take advantage of every chance you get to increase the visibility of your brand and help your business thrive. In Orange County, the networking opportunities are endless.

Here are 9 great opportunities to network with the Orange County business community, look for a new job, or learn from experts in their field.

Business Networking Group

When: February 2nd from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Where: Colleary’s Bistro & Spirits

Hosted by the Orange Chamber of Commerce, this event occurs on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month. It is a great opportunity to get to know other businesses and spread the word about your own business. Everyone will have an opportunity to introduce their company to the group.

Pricing: $20 for Members and $30 for Non-Members

Power Networking Dinner

When: February 3rd from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Where: Urban Workshop  

This event will help your business get seen, heard, and found. You will learn how to get your valuable message and mission out to the world. Tracy Hazzard, CEO and Founder of Podetize – the platform that covers video, podcast, blog, and social sharing, will provide an outline of what he believes are the key to creating successful content in the upcoming year.

Tickets: $25 – $35

The Santa Ana Young Entrepreneur

When: February 4th from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

Where:  525 Cabrillo Park Drive, Suite 280, Santa Ana, CA 92701

If you want to become self-employed and generate an income by solving problems this event is for you. This group of aspiring young business-minded individuals meets twice a month to learn the fundamentals of becoming a successful entrepreneur. During the meeting, you will brainstorm business ideas, talk shop with like-minded people, collaborate, provide referrals, and sort ideas in a supportive environment.

This event is free to attend.

How to Create Financial Freedom Workshop

When: February 7th at 6:30 PM

Where: 2111 Business Center Drive, Irvine, CA 92612

This workshop will teach basic principles of saving money and help you to develop a growth plan. It will help you understand how money works. You will also learn easy ways to invest and generate other streams of income. You can also join the workshop via Zoom.

This workshop is free to attend.

Lunch & Learn with Steven Thomas

When: February 8th from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Where: Hot Rods & Handguns, Huntington Beach

Economist Steven Thomas will provide his outlook for the upcoming year during a ‘lunch and learn’ session. Topics include a general forecast for 2022 along with an update on the housing market.

This event is free to attend.

Irvine Virtual Job Fair

When: February 14th from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Where: Virtual

JobFairX assists people in finding their next great career move on an annual basis. Past employers at the Irvine fair have included the TSA, Apple, and Amazon.

Career Edge: Effective Business Communications

When: February 19th from 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Where: Greater Irvine Chamber

In this event, you will learn the value of building critical thinking skills and how to apply these skills to individual and organizational situations. You will also explore the ethics and core values associated with decision-making. All this will help you gain confidence in tackling problems, developing alternatives, and assessing solutions and risks.

Free, but must register to attend.

New Year, New Rules for Growth

When: February 23rd from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Where: Virtual

This event is being held by the Executive Next Practices Forum (also known as the ENP). It is a virtual event discussing the value of strategic retreats and is open to both guests and existing ENP members.

Free to attend.

Network After Work

When: February 23rd from 6:00 PM to 08:00 PM

Where:  Mesa Lounge, Costa Mesa

An evening out with Network After Work members only where you can increase your brand’s visibility, keep up with the latest trends, build business relationships and learn from experts across fields.

Free for Members

Membership: $39 per year to attend all events for free.

There you have it, My OC Bookkeeper’s February 2022 Orange County Networking and Business Events Calendar. Know of a great event we missed? Let us know and we’ll add it. Who are we? We are Southern California’s premier bookkeeping, accounting, and outsourced CFO firm, so if you are looking for a partner to help your business thrive reach out to us today. Click on the surfer’s to learn more!

January 2022 Orange County Networking and Business Events Calendar

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With the new year comes new business and networking opportunities. To help your business thrive, check our January 2022 Orange County Networking and Business Events Calendar. This is your go-to guide for great business events in Orange County, CA.

Here are ten great opportunities to network, learn, and have fun with your fellow members of the OC business community:

How to Get Your Business on Social Media

When: January 4th from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Where: Online Meeting (Live)

In this class, you will discover why social media matters and how social media works. You will also learn how to get your business on social media. Essential questions, such as using Facebook or Instagram and what you should post, will also be answered.

This workshop is free to attend.

Ladies First Tuesday Networking

When: January 4th from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Where: Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar, 240 S State College Blvd · Brea, CA

In this networking and socializing event, you can discuss your big business plans for 2022 and how you and other attendees can support each other’s businesses.

This event is organized by Ladies First Tuesday Networking. It is a group for women who are looking to connect, refer, and work with other business professionals. As the name implies, they meet on the first Tuesday of the month.

Orange County Professional Networking for Targeted Business Referrals

When: January 7th from 7:00 am – 8:30 am (Every week on Friday)

Where: Online Meeting (Live)

Don’t miss out on the importance of getting referrals from your fellow professionals. Taking part in this event will help you witness and understand the power of referral marketing.

This event is organized by South OC Business Networking Leaders, which is comprised of business owners and professionals who want to work on expanding their business while surrounded by like minded individuals.

Orange County Employment Fair

When: January 7th from 10:00am – 2:00pm

Where: 1000 E Santa Ana Blvd, 1000 East Santa Ana Boulevard, Santa Ana, CA 92701

Organized by America Works of California, Inc. and the Office of Senator Tom Umberg. The Orange County Job Fair is free to attend and open to all.

Stanford Angels Orange County Happy Hour

When: January 11th from 5:30 pm 7:00 pm

Where: Irvine CA (details available after RSVP), Cash Bar 

An opportunity to meet fellow Stanford entrepreneurs, start-up enthusiasts, and investors. You can mingle and discuss the latest start-up trends, news, investing opportunities, local companies, and future activities.

Virtual Speed Networking

When: January 17th from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Where: Online

Connect with industry leaders, business owners, and entrepreneurs nationally. This is a unique virtual event where you will experience fast, fun, and effective ways to make quality business connections.

Organized by the Social Register Network, a premier business networking organization. It specializes in delivering programs and events to support the ongoing success of businesspeople of all types.

Cost: Free

Breakthrough Mastermind

When: January 18th – 20th

Where: Newport Beach, CA

Participating in this event will help you become a part of an exceptional business network. There, you will build key relationships that will help you accelerate your business growth. You will also get introduced to top investors and entrepreneurs in the country. Top speakers, trainers, and thought leaders will provide you with exceptional training.

One time preview fee: $2,997

Jumpstart Your 2022 Marketing Plan – A Strategy Class to Grow Your Business

When: January 19th from 11:00 am

Where: Zoom Webinar

This workshop will aid you in planning your 2022 marketing goals and finding out how to best achieve them using advanced digital tools. You will also learn how to identify and set marketing goals and develop a successful strategy. As a bonus, you will get a free Marketing Checklist to help you plan a more successful marketing strategy in 2022!

Liz Harsch of Tailor-Made Advertising is the presenter. She has been helping small businesses get the most out of their marketing efforts since 1988. Liz has been awarded by Constant Contact as an All Star e-mail Marketer. She is also Master Certified and an Authorized Local Expert to present marketing, e-mail marketing, and social media workshops.

Cost: Free

Business Networking Group

When: January 19th from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Where: Colleary’s Bistro & Spirits, 2143 N Tustin St, Orange, CA 92865

This event takes place on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month. There, you will have an opportunity to get to know other businesses and expand your own business. You will get to share information about your business and also hear about what other local businesses are doing.

Organized by Orange Chamber of Commerce, a non-profit voluntary membership organization.

Fees for members: $20 and for non-members: $30

Network After Work

When: January 27th from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Where: Descanso Restaurant, 1555 Adams Ave #103, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

An exclusive, members-only dinner with other local movers and shakers. Networking events like these can take your career to the next level!

The event is free for members to attend. Network After Work is a leader in networking events. Becoming a member will give you access to various networking opportunities and live workshops each month.

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Orange County, CA Business Networking & Events Calendar – Dec 2021

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Upcoming Orange County Networking and Business Events

The end of the month is coming fast and it’s time for the December Orange County Business Networking & Events Calendar – your premier guide to this month’s best opportunities to mingle with Orange County’s best. There are plenty of opportunities to learn, network, and pitch your products, services, or great ideas – so strap yourself in and get ready for the best business events of December across Irvine, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, and beyond.

The Orange Chamber of Commerce Business Networking Group

When: December 1 and December 15th from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Where: Colleary’s Bistro, 2143 N Tustin St, Ste A-6, Orange, CA 92865

The Orange Chamber of Commerce Business Networking Group convenes every first and third Wednesday of the month. It is an excellent opportunity to meet with local entrepreneurs and share ideas, find leads, and make connections. Tickets cost $20 for Commerce members and $30 for non-members and can be bought here.

Women in Business Breakfast

When: December 2 at 7:30 am

Where: The Center Club, 650 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Shawn Andrews from Andrews Research International and author of The Power of Perception: Leadership, Emotional Intelligence, and the Gender Divide, will be leading a discussion on ways that women sometimes hold themselves back in their professional lives. The event costs $8 to join.

First Friday Social Networking Mingler

When: December 3rd from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Where: The Country Club Nightclub, Costa Mesa, CA

Hosted by the Modeling Network, this is an opportunity for models, actors, photographers, agents, agencies, influencers, and those looking to get into the beauty and fashion industries to meet and mingle among great cocktails and a great environment.

Youth Business Market

When: December 4th from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Where: Masuda Middle School, 17415 Los Jardines W, Fountain Valley, CA 92708

The Orange County Children’s Museum Youth Market is an opportunity for local children to refine their business skills by setting up a booth and selling their products to guests at the market. If you have a young entrepreneur in your family be sure to sign up, and if you want to support our county’s youngest business people be sure to stop by. Booths cost $20.

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Irvine Startup Mentorship Program

When: December 4th from 8:00 am to 9:00

Where: Virtual

Hosted by business coach and investor Lakshman Singh, this is an opportunity to learn anything and everything about fostering a successful startup business. Tickets range from $30 to $75 and can be purchased on Eventbrite here.

OCIACC Annual Holiday Party

When: December 4th at 6 pm

Where: Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails, 2607 Main Street, Irvine, CA

The OC Iranian American Chamber of Commerce’s annual holiday party is finally here. This fun event will include dinner, drinks, music, and some standup comedy and is a great opportunity to celebrate all of the winter holidays. Tickets cost $150 for members of the OCIACC and $175 for non-members, with the proceeds supporting the OCIACC’s ongoing work to assist the local Iranian American business community. (Tables of 10 cost $1,400 for members, and $1,600 for non-members.)

TIEcon Southwest 2021

When: December 5th 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Where: Sheraton Cerritos

Hosted by the TIE SoCal Angels, this all day event involves workshops, panel discussions, speakers, and plenty of networking opportunities. Tickets cost $75 for TIE Socal Angels members, $125 for non-members, and $175 for non-members with a one year membership to the group included.

Leads Groups at the Greater Irvine Chamber

When: December 6th from 11:45 am to 1:15 pm

Where: Greater Irvine Chamber, 36 Executive Park, Ste. 100, Irvine, CA 92614

Irvine and Orange County’s best salespeople meet monthly to share leads, make strategic contacts, and learn from each other. Participation is limited to Chamber of Commerce members, (although non-members may attend once only for a $25 fee), and only one person is allowed to participate from each industry.

Business Plan Workshop

When: December 9th from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Where: The Yorba Linda Public Library, 4852 Lakeview Avenue, Yorba Linda, CA

Hosted by Jim Chamberlain of SCORE, this is a great opportunity to learn how to create a masterful business plan – a crucial thing for all entrepreneurs to know. In particular, the three financial statements will be discussed. Speaking of which, if you want to learn about financial statements, check out our incredible blog post which will explain everything you need to know.

Int’l Association of Business Communicators – OC Holiday Party 2021

When: December 13th from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Where: Two Left Forks Restaurant, 6511 Quail Hill Parkway, Irvine CA 92603

A great opportunity to mingle with marketing and communications professionals, this great event involves a three course dinner, random drawings, and a chance for some serious networking. Tickets are $25 for IABC members and $50 for non-members.

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November 2021 Orange County, CA Business Networking & Events Calendar

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Upcoming Orange County Networking and Business Events

Welcome to My OC Bookkeeper’s November 2021 Orange County Business Networking and Events Calendar, your premier guide for great business events in Orange County, CA. There’s a lot of great opportunities to mingle with SoCal’s best this month everywhere from Santa Ana, to Irvine, to the comfort of your own home, so don’t miss out. Read on for ten great opportunities to network, learn, and have fun amongst fellow members of the OC business community.

Seal Beach Business Networking Meetup

When: November 2 from 7:30 – 9:00 am

Where: Virtual (for now)

An opportunity to network with a diverse group of Seal Beach business leaders and share business referrals.

Rancho Cucamonga Job Fair

When: November 3 from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Where: Cucamonga Christian Fellowship, 11376 5th Street, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730

A great opportunity for both those looking for jobs and those looking for qualified new employees in Rancho Cucamonga, Fontana, Upland, Ontario, Montclair, Claremont, Rialto, Chino, and the surrounding areas.

1st & 3rd Am Wednesday Leads

When: November 3 from 8:45 – 10: 15 am

Where: Greater Irvine Chamber, 36 Executive Park, Ste. 100, Irvine, CA 92614

The Irvine Chamber of Commerce’s premier lead generation and referral network. Participation limited to one person per industry and free to Chamber of Commerce members. Visitors may attend one time only for $25.

RBN Live and In-Person Networking Luncheon

When: November 3 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Where: Darya South Coast Plaza, 3800 S Plaza Dr, Santa Ana, CA 92704

Hosted by the Relationship Building Network, a great opportunity to network and provide a 30 second intro to your business to a dynamic group of local business participants. Tickets are $40 for RBN Members and $45 for non-members. Lunch will be served but guests are limited to 35 so sign up soon.

Business Connection Lunch – Choosing Your Business Structure

When: November 4th at 11:30 am

Where: The Ebell Club of Santa Ana, 718 Mortimer St, Santa Ana, CA, 92701

Art Huerta will make a presentation describing the various business types (LLC, C-Corp, etc.) available to small business owners and their associated tax implications.

National Women of Influence Awards

When: November 4 from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Where: Hilton Irvine-Orange County-Airport, 18800 MacArthur Blvd, Irvine, CA 92612

Hosted by the Connected Women of Influence, an opportunity to champion women providing leadership in business, entrepreneurship, and industry.

Orange County Networking Event

When: November 12 from 5:30 – 8:00 pm

Where: 5151 California Ave, Irvine, CA

An evening of casual business networking in an outdoor space. Tickets cost $10 and proceeds support Progress Works, an Orange County nonprofit.

Instagram Masterclass: Solopreneurs and Small Business Owners

When: November 12 from 8 am – 12 pm

Where: South Coast College, 2011 W. Chapman Avenue, Orange, CA 92868

An opportunity for small business owners to learn everything they need to know about leveraging Instagram for their business. Tickets are $75.

Business Etiquette 1 Day Training in Irvine, CA

When: November 12 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Where: Regus – California, Irvine – Irvine Spectrum, 300 Spectrum Center Dr Suite 400, Irvine, CA 92618

A day long training on key aspects of modern business etiquette and how they apply to business success – both in an in-person and remote context. Tickets range from $545 to $795.

OC Made – Small Business Saturday

When: October 30, November 6, November 13, and November 20 from 9 – 11 am

Where: OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Dr, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Hosted by the Orange County Inland Empire Small Business Development Center, in partnership with the Original OC Swap Meet, an opportunity for start ups to learn about planning, marketing, financing, and how to obtain an Original OC Swap Meet vendor booth. Approximately 25 people will be selected to participate in this program, which is free.

So there you have it – the November 2021 Orange County Business Networking and Events Calendar. A lot of great chances to mingle with and learn from Orange County’s finest. Know of a great local event that we should add to our list? Reach out to us and let us know!

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Last but not least, check out the video below for a testimonial from some local OC business people regarding the relationship they formed through Orange County business events. That’s it for this month. Check back in December for some more great networking opportunities.

August 2021 Orange County, CA Business Networking and Events Calendar

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August 2021 Orange County Business Events and Networking Calendar

My OC Bookkeeper’s August 2021 Orange County Business Events and Networking Calendar is fresh off the presses. Read on to see all of the exciting upcoming business events in Orange County, CA. And if you are in need of a great accountant, bookkeeper, financial modeling expert or business consultant in Southern California be sure to check out My OC Bookkeeper. 


Greater Irvine Chamber – SoCal Corporate Managers and Company Owners Networking Event

When: August 3, 2021 (11:45 AM)

Where: Virtual

Everyone has 30 – 45 seconds to introduce their business, followed by a networking session. Tickets cost $25.


BRNI Business Referral Network of Irvine Weekly B2B Networking Meeting

When: August 4, 2021 (11:30 AM)

Where: Mimi’s Café

The Business Referral Network of Irvine is a group of business professionals with various backgrounds with each member holding exclusive control of their given business category. Members actively work to assist each other with leads, referrals, and all manner of business opportunities.


Irvine Spectrum LeTip

When: August 5, 2021 (7 AM)

Where: Online

Letip meets to share leads, give referrals, and make business relationships. Each business category is represented by one member so be sure to confirm whether your industry is already represented.


Fundraising for Startups Event

When: August 7, 2021 (9 AM)

Where: Virtual

This event is for people looking to learn more about the fundraising process or who are actively seeking funding for their business. Tickets range from $30 – $75.


IN PERSON REUNION!! The Heart Link Women in Business Networking Event!

When: August 10, 2021 (11 AM)

Where: The Aliso Viejo Country Club

The Heart Link Network attracts entrepreneurial women who share mutual respect and want to help each other to succeed. This is their first in per, son meeting in over a year. The cost is $49 and tickets are available until Tuesday August 3rd.


12th Annual Women’s Success Summit with Sandra Yancey

When: August 15, 2021 (10:15 AM)

Where: Center Club Costa Mesa

The Summit connects successful and aspiring entrepreneurs and is hosted by Sandra Yancey, the founder & CEO of eWomenNetwork. Casual networking begins at 10:15, and the actual summit begins at 11:00.


Orange County Job Fair at the Lutheran Church of the Cross

When: August 25, 2021

Where: Lutheran Church of the Cross

A chance for those looking for employees to meet people looking for work in Anaheim, Brea, Santa Ana, Irvine, Costa Mesa, Tustin, Huntington Beach, Placentia, Garden Grove, Fullerton or the surrounding areas. Registration ends 14 days before the event so sign up soon.


The Orange County Business Journal Family-Owned Business Awards

When: August 26, 2021 (12:00 PM)

Where: Irvine Marriot

The 22nd annual Family-Owned Business Awards is an opportunity to appreciate excellence in family-owned business. Tickets cost $175 each.


That’s it for our August calendar. Check out our blog for all kinds of great information on business and accounting, and see below for some info on why businesses hire outside accounting and bookkeeping firms. Have a great month!


March 2019 Orange County Business Events & Networking Calendar

Southern California Networking

The time has come for My OC Bookkeeper’s March 2018 Orange County business networking and events calendar. Take a look for all kinds of great events for small business owners, professionals, and aspiring entrepreneurs throughout Southern California. Are you looking for an accountant, bookkeeper, or business consultant? My OC Bookkeeper provides the best bookkeeping services in Orange County, possibly the world. Give us a call!

Business and Bagels Networking OC

When: Every Monday in August at 8 AM

Where: Locations to be determined.

A group of professionals seeking referrals and mutual learning while enjoying fresh bagels on Monday mornings. The first trip is free, and tickets cost $5 per meeting thereafter.

Women’s Networking – the Hearth Link Network, Laguna Niguel

When: Tuesday March 12th at 11 AM

Where: The home of one of the group members in Laguna Hills

A group providing women the opportunity to network and share business ideas and services.

Laguna Hills Chamber of Commerce Meetup

When: Thursday March 14th at 12 PM

Where: Laguna Hills Community Center

The Chamber’s monthly networking lunch. A light lunch will be provided and participants will have an opportunity to introduce themselves and their services.

South OC Business Networking Leaders

When: Friday March 8th at 7 AM

Where: The Mission Viejo Country Club

A group of dedicated business owners looking to grow their businesses and find leads. The meeting costs $20.

The Queen Bee Networks – Irvine

When: Tuesday March 3rd at 8:30 AM

Where: Mimi’s Cafe

There is only one professional allowed for each business category, so reach out to the group to find out if there is an opening in your industry before going.

There you have it. The March small business networking and events calendar. Looking for a bookkeeper in Orange County? My OC Bookkeeper has the best bookkeeping services in Orange County. Interested in accounting? Check out the best accounting blog in Southern California. Reach out to us today!