The term “networking” seems to be going around a lot lately. The dictionary defines networking as, “The exchange of information or services among individuals, groups, or institutions.”
Minnesota School of Business-Elk River’s staff and faculty are incredible advocates for networking opportunities, especially when they benefit the students. It can be difficult, however, to find networking opportunities if you don’t know where to look. Luckily, there are opportunities available at the Elk River campus that can help to solve that problem.
The campus hosts four community groups that hold their meetings on campus weekly and monthly. A variety of local business owners belong to each group and each offers its own unique opportunities for networking.
The groups include the Elk River Area Chamber of Commerce, Community Aid Elk River (CAER), Northstar Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), and Two Rivers Referrals.
MSB-Elk River has been a member of the Elk River Area Chamber of Commerce since the campus opened in 2009 and the campus has hosted their Connections group Tuesday mornings from 8:30 to 9:30 for almost five years.
The group is comprised of several community members that meet weekly to learn about each other’s business and ways in which they can benefit each other. This group welcomes guests each week who want to learn more about the group or may want to join.
CAER Food Shelf utilizes the campus for monthly meetings on the third Tuesday morning of each month. The organization’s board includes CAER employees as well as community members who support their mission. They are always in need of volunteers so attending a meeting can be a good way of learning about opportunities available and letting them know that you are interested in helping out.
The Northstar Society for Human Resource Management also meets on campus on the second Wednesday morning of each month from 8:00 to 9:30. According to their website, they “are a local starting point for networking, information, professional development and continued support of excellence in Human Resources.”
Students who have an interest and are pursuing a career in human resources are encouraged to attend the meetings to gain valuable information about the field, local opportunities, and to network with community members who currently work in human resources in some capacity.
Finally, the Two Rivers Referrals group can be found on campus each week on Thursday mornings at 7:30. Similar to Chamber Connections, the group is made up of business owners and managers who want to connect with others to create mutually beneficial partnerships. The group is based on the referral system and marketing through word of mouth. This group also encourages student participation so plan to join a meeting if you are available Thursday morning.
Through these partnerships, we hope to increase the connections that we have in our community and grow our pool of employers that could potentially hire our students. If you are interested in visiting one of these meetings and have questions, please contact Nicole Rasmussen. You can also learn more about these organizations by clicking on their respective links above.