COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - "It's who you know" is a phrase we hear a lot when looking for a new job or trying to get a promotion.
It was also the purpose of Wednesday night's "speed networking" at the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce as part of Small Business Week.
About 75 people from at least 40 different local businesses attended the latest event, which had employees sit across from each other with 60 seconds to give a quick "elevator speech" about their business and how they get customers.
"One of the most important things about networking is it's not who you know, it's who knows you," said Robb Nichols, Chief Operations Officer at the Chamber of Commerce. "If somebody's looking for cleaner and they're asking your friends and they know Jampro with you so you should go Jampro. So that is the importance of networking, so people know who you are, what business you provide."
They had two-minute mini-meetings where these local community and business leaders could meet potential customers. The idea was to try to meet more contacts in one evening than you might all year.
There were also booths where small businesses displayed their products.