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How To Network at Your Local Chamber of Commerce

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How can you make the most of your Chamber of Commerce.

Many of us belong to our local Chambers of Commerce. We can all use tips on how to be effective so when this was sent to me, I decided to publish it. Thanks to the Rensselaer County  Regional Chamber of Commerce located in Troy, New York .

Staff Picks: What is one networking tip you’d like to give chamber members?

Laura Amos, Accounting Assistant: Asking questions and making eye contact will let someone know that you are interested.


Debbie O’Donnell, Executive Assistant: Seek out those people who are by themselves and look uncomfortable.  Be prepared with a few standard questions to get the conversation flowing.


CJ Harkola, Membership Manager: Be yourself. Join or form a networking group, preferably start with a small group & grow it. While you are growing it, give back to the community!
Kate Ollier, Programs & Events Manager: Be yourself – being genuine is a quality that aligns itself with credibility. The more you’re “You” while still being professional, the more everyone will see you as credible, authentic and a good person to do business with. It will take you far.


Stephanie Scully, Controller: Don’t hesitate to talk with other members. They are all terrific.

Ryan Silva, Director of Economic Development & Government Affairs: Ask questions, learn as much as you can about a person you meet at a networking function and always follow up with them

Claudette Thornton, Vice President:
Smile. And remember, everyone is there for the same reason you are. Don’t be afraid!


Chyresse Wells, Communications & Marketing Coordinator: Be yourself and ask genuine questions to learn as much about their role within their organization as possible and take note of how you may be able to help them in the future. Don’t forget consistent eye contact, and always smile!

 Lisbeth Calandrino helps businesses build customer service and sales strategies. She is a member of the Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce.
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Lisbeth Calandrino is an award winning trainer, entrepreneur, and blogger and has spent over twenty years developing custom tailored marketing and customer service programs for businesses. Her recently published book, Red Hot Customer Service, 35 Sizzling Ways to Heat up Your Business and Ignite Your Sales defines the steps necessary to build a competitive advantage and turn great companies into unforgettable or red hot companies. Lisbeth admits that much of her knowledge came from her Italian grandfather who despite very little formal education and a limited English vocabulary, managed to became both successful and wealthy. Lisbeth has wonderful stories about Grandpa DiBiagio’s and her time spent learning how to managing Grandpa’s fruit stand. Because of Lisbeth’s experience as a business owner, having been the managing partner and owner of 7 furniture and carpet stores for 14 years, she is able to bring her extensive business knowledge and experience to all of her clients. Lisbeth’s awards include executive of the year award from the International Executive Association, Albany chapter (a business networking group) and first place honors in an international marketing contest for alternative medicine. A two time cancer survivor, she has spoken extensively about her experiences of cancer, offering words of comfort and inspiration. As an activist, Lisbeth has initiated and contributed to many charitable causes. She has worked with at-risk youth, spoken out against injustice and advocated to and helped to build resources for women. As a presenter, Lisbeth Calandrino is highly motivational, information-rich, and very entertaining. Her acute business sense, contagious enthusiasm, positive energy and fun sense of humor make her a dynamic presenter. Lisbeth is a member of New York, Historic Albany Foundation, educational director of Business Referrals Networking Group and member of the board of directors of the Animal Protective Foundation of Scotia, New York.

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