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Which Business Networking Events to Attend in Bangkok

June 24. 2015 | Sharon Cheong

Networking is essential for business people regardless of what type of business you're in. It gives you a golden opportunity to meet and speak with people in similar businesses.  Often during networking events, a business owner will get new contracts and lucrative orders from someone he just met. At the very least, you make new business acquaintances. 

Since there are so many business networking events nowadays, it's important to find the ones that will reap the best benefits and profits. There are special events for every industry and sector, including expats. Some occur annually, while others take place quarterly or even monthly. These events can be a good place to exchange valuable tips, learn about new techniques or share industry news. 

BITEC 

Business Networking Events are often held in the Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre.  This is a world-class exhibition venue for international trade shows. Business owners from around the world can come here to display their products and services or take advantage of any number of events and exhibitions. BITEC is located in the heart of Bangkok and has facilities for corporate clients from almost any industry. Their schedule of events can be found on the website and includes dates, times and other info. 

Meet Up Groups 

This is a more informal way to meet people in your industry. There are currently hundreds of different meet-up groups that meet in Bangkok. They range in content from groups of entrepreneurs who are working on a new start-up idea, to groups that meet to discuss the formation of new charitable organizations and many more. Whether you're looking for a corporate group that meets to discuss economic issues or a social networking group, you can easily find those valuable connections here. There are many groups that meet for simple entertainment activities like chess, bowling, art, wine connoisseurs, engineers, designers, and others. These have proven to be some of the more successful ways to network while having fun with people in your industry. 

Private Clubs 

Bangkok offers a number of exclusive private clubs that hold networking events each month. You can usually find one in your neighborhood, but make sure they have the networking events that you're most interested in. Normally, you can learn this by visiting the club's website. For instance, Pacific City Club offers a BNI Networking Group activity each month. BNI is the world's largest networking group and they feature multiple opportunities for connecting with those in your profession or industry. 

BNI Universal 

BNI is a professional marketing agency that welcomes business owners interested in networking and referrals. They provide exclusive opportunities to meet people who might be interested in your services and products. They have hundreds of chapters located around the world in 45 countries.  Their primary method of operation is to create events that encourage word-of-mouth referrals. You can make new contacts, get new business or unlock valuable opportunities at a BNI event. 

Business Expansion 

If you're ready to expand your business and establish important relationships in your industry, then a networking event in Bangkok is the right choice.  There are literally hundreds to choose from and some may appeal to you more than others, so it can take a bit of time to locate the right groups. 

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