12 excellent places to network in Lakeland

Need a new job or new connections for professional development? Try one of these networking opportunities in Lakeland to take the next step in your career.

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Are you searching for the perfect job or looking to connect with like minded entrepreneurs? Networking doesn’t have to be nerve wracking. Try out one of these 10 networking opportunities in Lakeland to start filling your Rolodex — people still use those, right?

Catapult | Meet local entrepreneurs in this co-working space that encourages locals to take their ideas to the next level. Become a member for access to networking events, the maker space, commercial kitchen, private workspace, and more.

BRIDGE Local | Formerly known as Lakeland Business Leaders, BRIDGE Local exists as a hub of resources for local businesses, consumers, and the community.

EMERGE Lakeland | This organization serves young professionals ages 21-42. Become a member to join socials, workshops, and volunteer opportunities.

Lakeland Chamber of Commerce | Meet other Chamber members at Biz & Brew events, or find new sales through Leads Groups.

Lakeland Economic Development Council | Get insider information and generate new leads at member meetings with this organization focused on expanding Lakeland’s economy.

The Well | Work around fellow business owners and get to know more about their industries at mixers and forums at this coworking space.

Florida Public Relations Association – Polk County Chapter | Join this statewide organization made up of 1,200+ public relations professionals offering professional development opportunities, accreditation and certification, and more.

American Business Women’s Association – Lakeland Downtown Chapter | Be part of this group dedicated to bringing together women of diverse occupations + fostering personal and professional growth.

Swan City Social | Take away the stress of networking by meeting up with other professionals at local restaurants or happy hour events while expanding your network.

BNI United Referral Partners | Get to know Lakelanders from other industries to find new client referral relationships for your business.

Meetup | Whether you’re looking to meet in Lakeland or beyond, this collection of events is sure to have something for you. Scroll through the extensive list to find the perfect event.

Eventbrite | Browse this full list of Lakeland networking events, right at your fingertips. Find a group meeting in-person or virtually to start growing your circle.

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