5 Networking Events for New Business Owners in Bonita Springs and Estero

For any new business owner in Bonita Springs and Estero, finding opportunities to network and make new connections can be a challenge. Where do you begin? It’s a question that is often asked by new business owners who seek to increase connections and network with local business owners. But as a new business, you will likely have to seek out networking events and establish a presence before you receive invitations. To help new business owners in southwest Florida, we’ve compiled some excellent networking events in Bonita Springs and Estero that can help you make new connections and strengthen ties in the community. Always remember — have plenty of business cards handy. The one time you don’t have them will be the time you miss making an important connection.


1: Estero Council of Community Leaders Meetings

We encourage you to join and take part of monthly meetings held by the Estero Council of Community Leaders. By getting involved, you’re letting other business owners know you care about the community. You’ll also be able to meet other business owners in the area who can fill you in about some of the benefits and challenges to starting a new business in Bonita Springs or Estero.


2: Chamber of Commerce Events and Meetings

Both Bonita Springs and Estero have local Chamber of Commerce groups that are focused on helping you network with other business owners and market your new business. We encourage you to get involved with both since these two communities are tied so closely together. They can help you put on ribbon cutting ceremonies, and monthly meetings are a great opportunity to connect with other members.


3: Lee County Board of County Commissioners Meetings

By getting involved with the local government, you can find out about what’s going on in the
community, but you’ll also likely meet several other business owners and members of the community. It’s a great opportunity to make connections, just be sure to allow some time before and after for mingling.


4: Lee County Metropolitan Planning Organization Meetings

Again, this is another government organization, but there are several organizations within the Metropolitan Planning Organization that you can get involved with to network and meet other business owners. These are excellent times to have an important role in your community.


5: Economic Development Center Meetings

We’re always here to help! If we find an event that could be beneficial to new business owners, we’ll make sure to post it on our website and let you know.


Speak Up and Get Out There!

Overall, the best way to get involved with your community and to network is to speak up and get out there. Volunteer, host your own events and sponsor others! And once you meet someone new, be sure to follow up and stay in touch. It’s not just about building a specific number of connections, it’s about creating and establishing meaningful business connections. If you have any questions, be sure to reach out to us. We’re here to help local businesses succeed!