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Top Five Networking Resources in the Mansfield Area

The 17th Century poet John Donne once wrote, “No man is an island.” In very few places does that statement ring as true as it does in the business world. Whether it's to become involved in the community, meet potential clients, or establish collaborations with others, networking is a vital part of business in the 21st Century. Here are five of the best resources in the Mansfield area for networking events. 


5) Downtown Mansfield, Inc

Downtown Mansfield, Inc. was established in 1989 and is focused on bringing economic development to the downtown area of Mansfield. It is a nonprofit organization, developed to breathe life back into downtown Mansfield. Through partnerships with local businesses, they continue to revitalize the area by providing more than 75 annual events for the Mansfield community. Their calendar of events can be viewed at the Downtown Mansfield website and on the Downtown Mansfield Facebook.


4) Mind Body Align

Mind Body Align was created in 2015 to provide collaborative and networking opportunities for women in Richland County. They host a variety of wellness classes, retreats, and workshops throughout the year. Mind Body Align offers both corporate memberships for businesses to offer their employees and social memberships for women in the area. The event schedule is available both on the Mind Body Align website and on the Mind Body Align Facebook page.


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3) Richland Area Chamber of Commerce

The Richland Area Chamber of Commerce, as covered in our professional development post, is a fantastic resource for many things business-related. Among those include a calendar full of events that offer many networking opportunities for people in Richland County. The Chamber events calendar includes community, business, and Chamber members-only events, all in an easy-to understand, color-coded format. The Chamber of Commerce events list is located on the Chamber website and on their Facebook


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2) North Central Ohio Events Magazine

The North Central Ohio Events Magazine is an online e-zine that provides a comprehensive list of events happening around Mansfield and the surrounding area. While there is a companion website for the e-zine, the most up-to-date list of events can be found on the business’s Facebook page. The Facebook page is updated multiple times a day to provide information on local events, and those wishing to view the e-zine are able to do so on the NCO Events website.


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1) Richland Source & Idea+Works

Nestled inside of Idea+Works is one of the cornerstone members: Richland Source. Many people in the area know Richland Source as being one of the best resources for up-to-date news and information, all available freely for the benefit of the community. Richland Source often hosts events at Idea+Works, including an upcoming Indie Rock Night featuring live music, free food, and free beverages on April 12th. The Richland Source list of events is available on the website and on the Richland Source Facebook page. 

Idea+Works often has forums and events that are open to the public, and typically free. These events allow people in the community a chance to get to know one another, build rapport, collaborate, and learn more about Idea+Works as a whole. The list of current events can be found on the Facebook page or on the Idea+Works website. The next Idea+Works event is a community forum for the new Caldwell Entrepreneurs' Kitchen on April 16th. The community forum will introduce the new building for the kitchen, an open floor for the community to share their thoughts on its proposed design & use, and special guest speaker Leslie Shaller, Director of Programs for the Appalachian Center for Economic Networks (ACEnet).

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Honorable Mention: The Mansfield/Richland County Public Library 


Once again harking back to our post on professional development resources, this list wouldn't feel complete without mentioning the Mansfield/Richland County Public Library. The library is a fantastic resource for a plethora of things, including networking opportunities at any of their nine locations. The Mansfield/Richland County Public Library has partnered with various organizations in Richland County to provide programs and services to the community throughout the year. The community calendar is able to be exported into iCal format directly from the site itself, making it easy to save into a personal calendar, and the Facebook page is also kept current with upcoming events.

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