By Rachel Goldsmith

To build a successful business, it is crucial to develop a network of relevant connections. Acquaintances become friends and friends become the people upon whom you rely and who rely upon you. Perhaps some of these individuals will inspire you or push you to do better. Perhaps some are mentors who will offer you bits of the wisdom they’ve acquired along their journey. Some will be peers with whom you can collaborate or share valuable connections. Some will become mentees or people you can help lift up and advise. Fortunately, there are many business owners in a plethora of fields right here in our own communities.

The Yeshiva of Central Queens will hold a massive networking event, August 7, at 7 p.m. Free parking is available, and there will be a buffet dinner. There are a limited number of sponsor tables still available. Please contact Yaakov at 917-549-6145 for additional information. Tickets for $10 can be purchased at Fidelipay.com/qjlink.

In a 2013 article in the Huffington Post, Porter Gale, author of the bestselling book Your Network Is Your Net Worth: Unlock the Hidden Power of Connections for Wealth, Success, and Happiness in the Digital Age, wrote, “I believe your social capital, or your ability to build a network of authentic personal and professional relationships, not your financial capital, is the most important asset in your portfolio.” Last winter, PR and branding CEO Nancy Marshall penned an article in Forbes also titled “Your Network is Your Net Worth” in which she echoed: “I have learned that making introductions, giving information, and sharing useful marketing and PR techniques is the way to get more business and build my personal and professional network … The more people you know and the more people who know, like, and trust you, the more business you will have. People will be more willing to part with their money because your brand promise has value and because of a high trust factor and credibility.” Many people believe that networking purely benefits job-seekers, but it has become the single greatest tool for business growth.

The people with whom you associate and spend time with influence who you are and what you become. Therefore, it is important to surround yourself with positive, uplifting people who help you to grow and thrive as a business owner and as a person.

This event is strictly a focused business networking event with no series of long speeches. We learned from last February that pedestal tables work better with helping people walk around. More people reported back that they made new connections and visited our sponsors’ tables because there was much more interaction.

Moishe Bane became president of the Orthodox Union in 2017. Mr. Bane is a senior partner and chairman of the business restructuring department at the international law firm of Ropes & Gray. Much of his time, however, is spent serving the American Orthodox community. From his knowledge of creating and keeping a business successfully, and his commitment to the community, we hope you will walk away invigorated, not only with new ideas for building a solid business but more importantly, to network and work together with one another.

Harold Klein, the creator of TeleTime Video Productions, has created marketing videos for a huge array of companies: from billion-dollar companies such as AT&T and BusinessWeek to small and mid-size businesses. In developing business programs for their companies, Harold has interviewed and reported on hundreds of business leaders and company founders. His career is built upon his ability to package an idea in a way that will inspire others to get on board with a big idea. But his success is not only for himself: He is fortunate enough to be able to offer his video services at extremely low costs to a variety of Jewish organizations that are close to his heart.

The goal of hosting these speakers is to inspire our attendees toward new growth and ideas. Meeting people who have experienced great success is very motivating. From both speakers we are reminded that with success, one bears a responsibility to give back to the community.

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