Why? Networking.

One of the best things about CLE is its active and vibrant professional community.  To bounce off my earlier post about Higher Education, those institutions feed professionals into CLE, creating a web of contacts, referrals, and opportunities.

So, for the job-seekers, the job-curious, or those just interested in enriching their professional experience, here are some great groups to try:

The Cleveland Professional 20-30 Club – this is a great group for young professionals, with focus areas and events in social, networking, philanthropy, and education

Linked Local Cleveland – a group that connects professional Clevelanders and plans networking events, run through the Linked In professional networking site

MWBN (My Women’s Business Network) – connects entrepreneurial women and plans events throughout the greater Cleveland area

YWCA Women’s Leadership Initiative – a course designed to help young professional women excel in their careers and network with other professional females

Speed Networking – akin to Speed Dating, these events are designed to put professionals face-to-face with a chance to get to know a lot of people in a short amount of time

Events listed in Crain’s Cleveland Business are often profession-specific, but give a good opportunity for networking and professional enrichment

Whatever your profession or reason for networking, there are plenty of opportunities in CLE.  An engaged and involved professional community is yet another great answer to “Why Cleveland?”

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