A Little Help from Your Friends: Turning Competitors Into Collaborators

Mar 28, 2016

As a business owner, it's tempting to view your fellow entrepreneurs as competition and competition only. And to a degree, that’s absolutely true. You can’t just go around giving away clients or losing your business mindset.

However, there is an abundance of value in networking with business owners who are in the same position as yourself.

Fora Financial explains that building a network to foster relationships can help you discover fresh and effective methods to grow your sales, connect with customers in new ways, and expand your professional skills — all things you need to maintain a thriving business. And one of the best ways to do this is to attend a conference.

According to Fora, conferences are a great way to meet business professionals, attend events tailored to what you’re looking to learn, and obtain more insight into how businesses work and how you can keep up with the ever-changing marketplace.

Brazenblog even suggests treating the conference like you’re a VIP. Reach out to guest and keynote speakers, try to get meetings with business owners, and if you think it’ll help, get your colleagues involved — whatever it’ll take for you to feel confident in your ventures.

Where CEDIA Comes In

CEDIA took notice of how important networking is to maintaining a successful business, so we created the Business Xchange, a conference held in San Diego dedicated to building relationships, sharing information, and growing as business owners. It can be difficult finding the time to meet and talk with others in the home technology industry, especially owners and managers, but with the Xchange, everyone is under one roof, in one place, and ready to get to work.

You’ll be given time to socialize during the Welcome Cruise, and after that, the next two days are filled with workshops, speakers, and designated time to connect. Check out the itinerary for more information and to see the schedule of events.

To get the most out of your experience, write down what you’re looking to gain from speaking with your peers. Do you need help managing employees? Finding new clients? Advertising? Whatever it is, it’s more than likely you’ll meet someone with great advice to help you with your business plans and management.

Register for 2016’s Business Xchange now and secure your place at the conference. You’ll be glad you did.  



CEDIA blog posts are intended to provide general information and should not be regarded as legal opinions or advice.

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