Making connections

Published 10:55 pm Wednesday, March 5, 2014

More than a dozen businesspeople met on Wednesday as part of a new networking organization started by two Suffolk women.

Sue Moose and Deana McClung started the group last month and had just two people there, besides themselves. This time, it had swelled to about 12 guests.

The women said they saw a need for a no-frills, casual networking group in the city.

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“We’re not going to charge you for coming; we won’t harass you if you don’t come,” said McClung, a financial adviser. Folks are welcome to bring guests, invite others or skip a meeting if they need to, without having to send a substitute in their place.

Moose, whose business involves helping people save money while shopping, started networking in Virginia Beach and Norfolk. With the start of the tolls on the Midtown and Downtown tunnels, she decided to start up a group here and connected with McClung, whom she had first met at a different networking event.

“We really enjoy helping people,” Moose said.

At the second meeting this week, members of the group introduced themselves and their businesses. They also shared marketing ideas — from the old school, like business cards and branded pens, to the new school, like Facebook and other social media — talked about upcoming challenges in their lines of work, made connections and gave referrals.

The meeting included folks from such varied professions as banking, construction, vacation planning, lawn care, automotive services, disaster recovery, web design and bounce house rentals. A representative from the city’s Department of Economic Development also attended.

McClung said as attendance grows, the group hopes to have guest speakers who can share about areas of general interest.

The meetings will continue to be held the first Wednesday of every month from 1 to 2 p.m. at Beach Ford, 1600 N. Main St. They are listed on the Suffolk News-Herald calendar, on www.meetup.com (search Suffolk Networking Organization) and on Facebook.

For more information, contact Moose at 717-2599 or Sue@SueMoose.com or McClung at 630-4098 or deanamcclungwfg@gmail.com.