Sunday, January 25, 2009

This Week in Philadelphia (TWIP) for 1-25

These are just a few of the 70 events that are happening in the Philadelphia, NJ, and Delaware region this week. Check out the Basecamp Business/MAC Alliance calendar for the full list.


Monday, Jan 26

Drexel University's Lebow College of Business -- Drexel Women in Business Present: The 1st Annual Women in Leadership Panel
4pm – 6pm, Drexel University 3218 Market Street Pearlstein Business Learning Center, room 101 Philadelphia, PA 19104

MobileMonday MA -- Demo Night 2009/Get Mobile in 2009
5:30pm – 8:30pm, Franklin Institute Planetarium 222 North 20th Street Philadelphia, PA 19103

Tuesday, Jan 27

Eastern Tech Council -- Regulatory Landscape in India
8am – 10am, Penn State Great Valley 30 East Swedesford Road Malvern, PA 19355

Independence Business Alliance -- Citibank Networking Event
5:30pm – 7:30pm, Citibank Branch Office 1211 Walnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19102

Wednesday, Jan 28

CCEDC -- Enhance Your Soft Skills and Springboard Yourself into a Health Care Career
7:45am – 10am, Pembrooke Health

GMN -- Meeting of the Grants Managers Network - Delaware Valley Chapter
9:30am – 1pm, William Penn Foundation Two Logan Square 11th Floor Philadelphia, PA 19103

PPRA -- Murphy's Law: Memorable Moments and Lessons Learned from Special-Event Superstars
11:30am – 1:30pm, Crowne Plaza Philadelphia Center City 1800 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19103

Center City Proprietors Association -- Brown Bag Braintrusts: Green Your Business and Yourself
12pm – 1:30pm, Center City Proprietors Association 1528 Walnut Street 12th Floor Philadelphia, PA 19103

African American Chamber of Commerce -- Business of The Month Meet and Greet
4:30pm – 6:30pm, 30 S. 15th Street Ground Floor Philadelphia, PA 19102

Delaware ASTD SIG: "Change Management: Successful Practices for Managing the `Human Side` of Change"
5:30pm – 8pm, Wilmington Trust Company 301 W. 11th Street Wilmington, DE 19801

IABC Phila -- How to Make Your Press Release Thrive Online
6pm – 8pm, La Salle University Montgomery County Center 4000 Chemical Road Suite 110 Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462

Thursday, Jan 29

PA Bio -- Valuation of a Bioscience Company
7:15am – 10pm, Desmond Hotel One Liberty Blvd Malvern, PA 19355

CCSNJ -- Network Connection Breakfast
8:30am – 10am, The Heritage House at Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center 1111 Village Drive Millville, NJ 08332

Temple University Fox School of Business Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute -- Matching Products and Services with Markets Business Plan Workshop
4:30pm – 6pm, Temple University, 503d Alter Hall 1810 N. 13th St. Philadelphia, PA 19122

Philly BioBreak -- Philly BioBreak Networking Happy Hour
5:30pm – 7:30pm, Private

Empowerment Group -- Networking Workshop
5:30pm – 8:30pm, Triumph Brewing Company 117 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19106

French American Chamber of Commerce -- Pied-à-Terre Business Networking Reception
6pm – 8pm, AKA Rittenhouse 135 South 18th Street Philadelphia, PA 19103

PANMA and Innovation Philadelphia -- Regional Resources for Creative Professionals
6pm – 9pm, The Painted Bride Art Center 230 Vine Street Philadelphia, PA 19106

Friday, Jan 30

MADV -- MAC Alliance & Mid-Atlantic Diamond Ventures 2009 Company Showcase
8am – 12pm, Philadelphia Country Club 1601 Spring Mill Road Gladwyne, PA 19035

NJTC -- NJTC Capital Conference
8am – 2pm, Westin Princeton At Forrest Village Princeton, NJ 08540

Delaware County Chamber of Commerce -- Chamber Bowl Networking
12pm – 1:30pm, Sproul Lanes 745 S. Sproul Rd. Springfield, PA 19064

GPHCC -- 2009 AlegrÍa Ball
7pm – 11:59pm, The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia 10 Avenue of the Arts Philadelphia, PA 19102

Saturday, Jan 31

IABC Phila -- Informal IABC Networking Café
10am – 12pm, Saxby's 22 North Main Street Doylestown, PA 18901

Sunday, January 18, 2009

This Week in Philadelphia (TWIP) for 1-18

Tuesday, Jan 20

Professional Women's Roundtable -- Women Leaders Series: Deputy Mayor Rina Cutler
8am – 10am - Union League 140 S. Broad St. Avenue of the Arts Philadelphia, PA 19102

Delaware State Chamber of Commerce -- Small Business Alliance Workshop: Overcoming Procrastination
8:15am – 10:30am - DSCC Board Room 1201 N. Orange Street Wilmington, DE 19801

PAMPI -- Trimming the Contract Fat in Lean Times
4:30pm – 8:30pm - The Inn at Penn, A Hilton Hotel 3600 Sansom Street Philadelphia, PA 19104

GVFHRA -- Why Focus on Generation Y ?...It's a Bottom-Line Issue
5:30pm – 6:30pm - Sheraton Park Ridge 480 North Gulph Road King Of Prussia, PA 19406

IMC-Philly -- "Building Name Recognition" - Tuesday Evening Dinner Meeting
5:30pm – 8:30pm - Double Tree Guest Suites Hotel 640 West Germantown Pike Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462

Wednesday, Jan 21

The CFO Alliance -- "Say on Pay": What the Market Thinks, A New Era in Executive Compensation
7:30am – 9:30am - Philadelphia Country Club 1601 Spring Mill Road Gladwyne, PA 19035

EFSNJ -- Successes & Pitfalls in Starting a Business
8am – 10am - South Jersey Technology Park @ Rowan University Inc.? 107 Gilbreth Parkway Mullica Hill, NJ 08062

PDMA -- Secrets of the Benny Winners Revealed
11:30am – 2pm - Crowne Plaza Valley Forge Hotel 260 Mall Boulevard King Of Prussia, PA 19406

PIF -- Angel Venture Fair - Education Day One
3pm – 7pm - WolfBlock - WolfBlock 1650 Arch St. Philadelphia, PA 19103

ABC SEPA -- Chapter Dinner Meeting
5pm – 8pm - Sheraton Park Ridge 480 North Gulph Road King Of Prussia, PA 19406

Philadelphia SHRM -- Career Management Forum: Job Hunting in a Recession
5:30pm – 7:30pm - DeVry University 1800 JFK Blvd Suite 104 Philadelphia, PA 19103

Digital Delaware -- WWW...What's Next? Web 3.0, Cloud Computing and More
5:30pm – 7:30pm - Arsht Hall 2600 Pennsylvania Avenue Wilmington, DE 19801

WBF -- WBF Annual Winter Social
6pm – 8pm - Triumph Brewing Company 400 Union Square New Hope, PA 18938

Thursday, Jan 22

Relevante, Inc. -- Internal Audit Symposium
All Day - Penn State Great Valley Conference Center 30 East Swedesford Road Malvern, PA 19355

ETC -- Tech Thursday Networking Social
5:30am – 7:30am - Bertolini's 160 North Gulph Road King Of Prussia, PA 19406

WBF -- Networking Workshop: What's in Your Networking Toolkit?
9:30am – 11:30am - Alegant Law, P.C. 67 Buck Rd. Huntington Valley, PA 19006

Temple University Fox School of Business Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute -- Idea Creation and Opportunity Assessment Business Plan Workshop
4:30pm – 6pm - Temple University, 201 Speakman Hall 1810 N. 13th St. Philadelphia, PA 19122

PRSA -- PRSA Philly: What's in it For Me?
5pm – 7pm - Union League 140 S. Broad St. Avenue of the Arts Philadelphia, PA 19102

GPCC -- Cool Britannia: British American Business Council's Winter Networking Reception
5pm – 7pm - aka Rittenhouse Square 135 South 18th Street Philadelphia, PA 19103

Ladies Who Launch -- Dinner with Ladies Who Launch (West Chester)
5:45pm – 8pm - America Bar & Grill, 981 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills, PA 19342

NAWBO Philly -- Designing the Best Plan for Your Small Business
6pm – 7:30pm - Margolis and Company 401 E. City Line Ave., 6th Floor Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004

Friday, Jan 23

University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business -- Wharton Private Equity & Venture Capital Conference
7:30am – 7:30pm - Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue 200 South Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19102

Sunday, January 11, 2009

This Week in Philadelphia (TWIP) for 1-11


Just a quick one today. Got some other things to get to. I must say, though, that the topic on "Chasing Squirrels" sounds like an interesting one...


Monday, Jan 12

Mid-Atlantic Consultants Network -- Developing Your "Brand You" Digital Identity
7:30am – 9am - Merrill Lynch, 724 West Lancaster Avenue, Wayne, PA 19087

Delaware State Chamber of Commerce -- 172nd Annual Dinner: with Tony Zook, President and CEO, AstraZeneca North America
4:45pm – 8:30pm - The Chase Center on the Riverfront 815 Justison Street Wilmington, DE 19801

Tuesday, Jan 13

SMEI -- Economic Outlook 2009: Opportunities and Challenges for Sales & Marketing Professionals
7:30am – 9:30am - Plymouth Country Club 888 Plymouth Road Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462

CCSNJ -- Rutgers Quarterly Business Outlook
7:45am – 10am - Clarion Hotel and Conference Center 1450 Route 70 East Cherry Hill, NJ 08034

Women of Wit and Wisdom -- Early Bird Breakfast and Business Card Exchange
8am – 9am - Pyramid Club 1735 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19103

Eastern Tech Council -- CIO Institute Advisory Board: New Year's Resolutions
8:30am – 10:30am - Penn State Great Valley 30 East Swedesford Road Malvern, PA 19355

Flaster/Greenberg -- Trademark and Copyright - A Survival Guide to Protecting A Good Name
11:30am – 1:30pm - Commerce Center 1810 Chapel Ave. West Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

BOMA -- Real Estate Forecast Luncheon
11:30am – 2pm - The Union League of Philadelphia 140 S. Broad St. Philadelphia, PA 19102

Drexel University's Lebow College of Business -- A View From the Top with Hugh Long
6pm – 7pm - Drexel University 3220 Market Street 308 Matheson Hall Philadelphia, PA 19104

American Marketing Association -- Marketing to Today’s Super Consumer
6pm – 8:30pm - The Union League of Philadelphia 140 South Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19102

The Innovators Club -- Marketing Your Innovative Business
6pm – 9pm - Great American Pub 123 Fayette Street Conshohocken, PA 19428

Wednesday, Jan 14

Flaster/Greenberg -- For Automotive Dealers: How to Steer Clear of Financial Potholes in these Troubled Economic Times
8am – 10:30am - Commerce Center 1810 Chapel Ave. West Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

Wayne Tarken's World of Leadership -- S.A Ibrahim, CEO of Radian
8am – 10:30am - The Union League of Philadelphia 140 South Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19102

Southeastern Pennsylvania Communities for Public Education Reform: Lunch Briefing and Discussion on Improving Public Schools: Funding, Accountability and Reform
12pm – 1:30pm - United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania, Seven Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Society for Marketing Professional Services -- Complimentary Networking: Meet the Mentors and Leverage Your Membership
5pm – 7pm - Downtown Club 6th and Chestnut Sts. Philadelphia, PA 19106

Cherry Hill Regional Chamber of Commerce -- Networking and hors d’oeuvres: blue2o seafood grill bar
5:30pm – 7:30pm - blue2o seafood grill bar 1906 Route 70 West Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

CreativeConnects -- Creative Connects Happy Hour
5:30pm – 8pm - Alfa Bar - Walnut Room 1709 Walnut St Philadelphia, PA 19103

Empowerment Group -- Bright Ideas Business Workshop
6pm – 8pm - Hyperion Bank 199 West Girard Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19123

ASTD -- E-Migration: How to Get There From Here
6pm – 8:30pm - Hilton Garden Inn 1100 Arch Street 10th Floor Philadelphia, PA 19107

PSL -- Philly Startup Leaders — Happy Hour
7:30pm – 9:30pm - University City Science Center 3711 Market Street, 8th Floor Philadelphia, PA 19104

Thursday, Jan 15

Association for Corporate Growth -- Addison Wiggin, Financial Author
7:30am – 9am - Philadelphia Marriott West 111 Crawford Avenue Conshohocken, PA 19428

CFA Society of Philadelphia -- Annual Forecast Dinner
5pm – 8pm - The Union League 140 South Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19102

ITAG -- ITAG Quarterly Meeting: Technology in Education
6pm – 7:30pm - Chester County Economic Development Council 737 Constitution Drive Exton, PA 19341

ASTD -- eLearning SIG: Chasing Squirrels
6pm – 8pm - LaSalle Montgomery County 4000 Chemical Road Suite 110 Oreland, PA 19462

Laurence A. Baiada Center for Entrepreneurship in Technology -- Entrepreneurial Skills Workshop - "How to Bootstrap a Product-based Company"
6pm – 8:30pm - Laurence A. Baiada Center for Entrepreneurship in Technology 3225 Arch Street, G-55 Wedge Classroom Philadelphia, PA 19104

Friday, Jan 16

Main Line Chamber of Commerce -- Non-Profit Roundtable
8:30am – 10:30am - Main Line Chamber Conference Center 175 Strafford Ave., Suite 130 Wayne, PA 19087

PhillyCHI -- Third Annual Design Slam
6:30pm – 8:30pm - Messagefirst 230 N. 2nd St. Suite 2C Philadelphia, PA 19106

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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Weak Ties Mean Strength


Today's Wall Street Journal, Julia Angwin discusses the Art of Making Online Friends, highlighting the importance of weak ties in online social networks. Ed Callahan of Coherent Sales Consulting, who I know through networking and who has been on several Social Media panels with me, posted a link to this article in a LinkedIn group discussion.

"Weak ties" is an important concept to keep in mind when building up your network:

On a social network, you build up what is known in sociology circles as your "weak ties." It turns out that people can often get jobs and spouses through people to whom they have weak ties -- meaning acquaintances rather than their best friends.

"Your weak ties are your windows on the world," Stanford professor Mark Granovetter is quoted as saying in the WSJ article. Granovetter first discussed the concept in a seminal 1973 paper. He says he accepts online friend requests "if I know the person, whether I like them or not."

I'm not quite so liberal with my own online network, nor is Ed Callahan, who famously has a policy of not accepting a friend request unless he has spoken to a person for at least a half hour. Still, as I wrote in a previous post about weak ties, Don't Underestimate the Strength of Weak Ties, diversity is the key to a strong and effective network. Lots of different ideas and perspectives blending together to form something new and unexpected.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Dan Schawbel on Social Media and Job Hunting


In his 7 Secrets to Getting Your Next Job Using Social Media post on Mashable, Dan Schawbel of the Personal Branding Blog highlights some of the ways a job seeker can leverage social media in their job hunt. I especially like the first four tips:

  1. Conduct a people search instead of a job search
  2. Use attraction-based marketing to get job offers
  3. Be proactive on Twitter
  4. Capitalize on LinkedIn

All of those approaches have worked well for me and for others I know, and I recommend reading Dan's full post. I found his listing of "people search engines" useful.

I was surprised, however, to see that his 7 Ways didn't include the most important aspect of leveraging social media in a job search: integrating what you do in social media together with what you do in the real world. It's always about people (and about the ideas you share with them), and social media simply gives you a new way to connect with people. You still have to connect, and you can't network only by computer!

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Sunday, January 4, 2009

This Week in Philadelphia (TWIP) for 1-4


Happy New Year. And happy "Dia de los Reyes," known in English as "Three Kings Day," which celebrates the arrival of the Three Wise Men. By the by, this is the famous Twelfth Day of Christmas. I mention this because it is one of my favorite unknown holidays, kind of like Michaelmas, something we don't pay any attention to in the 21st Century.

I also mention it because it is the Feast of the Epiphany, a day of revealed truth, a day when you finally see something that was always there right in front of you but never noticed before. I've talked about epiphanies before, and I think one of the marvelous things about networking is the opportunity it brings for epiphanies about yourself, the people around you, and the things taking place in the world.

Go seek your epiphany this week!

Monday, Jan 5

Ladies Who Launch -- Ladies Who Launch January Incubator Intensive (West Chester)
6pm – 8pm - State Farm Insurance 1125 West Chester Pike Michelle Neils West Chester, PA 19382

Tuesday, Jan 6

GVFHRA -- Retaining Your Staff with Four Generations in the Workplace
1:30pm – 4:30pm - GVFHRA -- Retaining Your Staff with Four Generations in the Workplace - Villanova University Connelly Center Cinema Villanova, PA 19085

Startup Hackathon XVI
6pm – 9pm - Private Philadelphia, PA 19104

Empowerment Group -- Business Start Up 101
6:30pm – 8pm - Central Library of Philadelphia 1901 Vine Street Philadelphia, PA 19103

Philly NetSquared -- Net Tuesday: Blogging for Nonprofits
6:30pm – 8:30pm - Independents Hall 32 Strawberry Street Philadelphia, PA 19106

Wednesday, Jan 7

Laurence A. Baiada Center for Entrepreneurship in Technology -- "Breathing Life Into Your Business Idea"
12pm – 2pm - Laurence A. Baiada Center for Entrepreneurship in Technology 3225 Arch Street, G-55 Wedge Classroom Philadelphia, PA 19104

Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce -- GPHCC Open House in Celebration of Three Kings Day
4pm – 5:30pm - Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Offices 200 South Broad Street 11th Floor Philadelphia, PA 19102

GPCC -- YPN New Member Orientation
5:30pm – 6:30pm - Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce 200 South Broad Street; 7th Floor Montgomery Room Philadelphia, PA 19102

Thursday, Jan 8

Philly Ad Club -- Outlook to 2009
8am – 10am - The Union League of Philadelphia 140 S Broad St Philadelphia, PA 19102

CFA Society of Philadelphia -- John Neff's Annual Outlook
12pm – 1:30pm - Racquet Club of Philadelphia 215 South 16th Street Philadelphia, PA 19102

Delaware Valley Grantmakers -- DVG 21st Annual Meeting and Networking Event
4pm – 6pm - Suzanne Roberts Theatre 480 South Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19146

National Association of Asian American Professionals -- NAAAP General Meeting
7pm – 9pm - American Red Cross 700 Spring Garden St. Conference Room 1-E Philadelphia, PA 19123

Friday, Jan 9

NAWBO Philly -- Monthly Satellite Meetings
9am – 10am - Various location around the region

ChemPharma -- Philadelphia Chapter Meeting
9am – 12pm - Career Concepts 140 West Germantown Pike, Suite 150 Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462

Ladies Who Launch -- Lunch with Ladies Who Launch (West Chester)
11:45am – 1pm - America Bar, West Chester

Saturday, Jan 10

National Speakers Association - Mid-Atlantic Chapter -- Plug into Profits: Internet Strategies to Boost Your Business
8:15am – 5pm - Renaissance Philadelphia Hotel Airport 500 Stevens Drive Philadelphia, PA 19113

Career Transitions -- Networking for Success
9:45am – 11:45am - Strayer University, 234 Mall Blvd. King of Prussia

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