You know that phrase “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know”?
Yeah, it’s cliché, but anything that sticks usually has some stock to it.
While we do believe WHAT you know helps you in your success, knowing the right people and getting connected also helps. (Side note: we can’t wait to see what you know at Startup Weekend Laramie.) When it comes to networking, we often make the best connections with those similar in age, education, professional status and other traits. It’s easy to make those connections. During Startup Weekend Laramie you can plan on making close connections with all types of individuals from different backgrounds.
Networking with a diverse group of individuals can increase your awareness of how others think and expand your portfolio of connections. This can help you as a person, employee and entrepreneur.
Making an effort to figure out how someone thinks not only helps you understand them, but also opens doors for yourself when solving problems. Say you have a great business idea, but you don’t know how to budget, after chatting with an accountant for an hour, you might have the knowledge of where to start. Or possibly it’s more abstract than that. You might have issues when it comes to communicating about problem solving at work, after a weekend of working with a group of people—each with their unique communication style—you can discover what you like and what works best for you.
Each unique connection you create can be an added resource when it comes to starting up a new business or continuing to succeed in your career.
Techstars Startup Weekend Laramie is the perfect opportunity to find your diverse network and connect with people you might not usually get to. Meet accountants, business coaches, venture capitalists, technology experts and more. Get your tickets at the early bird price through Sept. 1: http://communities.techstars.com/events/13161
More like why not?! Laramie boasts resources and incentives to help your business succeed. When you come out of Startup Weekend Laramie with your winning prize pack, you’ll be able to put that to use along with these resources explained ahead:
- Financial Support
From grants to specialty loans, you can find financial help to get your startup further off the ground. The Wyoming Business Council offers Trade Show Incentive Grants for when you have your product ready to be shown off to the rest of the country. There are also workforce training grants through the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, this can help you once you find that specially program that will take your startup to the next level. And once you’re ready to get out of your coworking space and into a building all your own, there are specialty loans for that available through the Laramie Chamber Business Alliance or the Wyoming Business Council.
2. Community Partners
Wyoming and Laramie know the worth of collaboration and there are several organizations ready to work together and help you keep going after you start. Help in market research and business advising after you pitch can come from The Small Business Development Center. Or you can find business counseling and executive coaching services in the Wyoming Technology Business Center. Manufacturing-Works can help you with a host of business essentials as well. There are several more resources in Laramie including the Laramie Chamber Business Alliance, Laramie Main Street Alliance, The Wyoming Women’s Business Center, the Wyoming Business Council and offices at The City of Laramie. At Startup Weekend Laramie, you’ll be able to discover first-hand what these organizations can do for you.
3. Outdoor Recreation (Yeah, it’s a resource)
Once you’ve executed your idea, secured funding and received the help you need, you might want to take a hike. And we mean that literally. Laramie is known for it’s world-class recreation and we’ve heard there’s nothing better than walking your dog along the greenbelt after a long day or hitting the cross-country ski trails in the morning. With millions of acres of public land in your backyard, you’ll find the inspiration you need to keep working on your startup. And eventually that backyard could attract the top talent you need once you’ve made it.
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