Gears Up for Huge Valley-wide Networking Event August 20

By Admin Gears Up for Huge Valley-wide Networking Event August 20

By Lynette Carrington

There’s a tried-but-true saying “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” In the creative and rewarding world of business networking, perhaps there is no place else where this saying is brought to ultimate fruition than Co-founder of Gelie Akhenblit has harnessed the power of tens of thousands of creative, savvy and entrepreneurial business minds with her company and brings the networking community together to make Arizona business bigger, better and brighter.

The network features more than 31,000 members who offer just about every type of good and service imaginable in a variety of industries. Akhenblit and her team are on hand to provide pointers and guidance to ensure that every member is comfortable and ready to engage to get the most out of their own networking experience. Joining is free and as simple as setting up a profile on the company website.

The 18th annual signature event takes place 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, August 20 at Chaparral Suites located at 5001 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale. This is a free event that will be attended by more than 1,500 professionals, business owners and entrepreneurs. Deals will be made, friendships will be forged, valuable business connections will be established and all you need to do is show up with business cards in hand! There is also a free seminar prior to the event at 4:30 p.m. being conducted by Gelie and Dave Sherman to give attendees constructive pointers on how to get the most out of the signature event.

Those that would like to exhibit at the event will have the opportunity to purchase exhibitor tables and they sell out every year, so now is the time to grab your spot! For those that want to volunteer at the event, they can secure some strategic placement to ensure that they meet the most people possible while assisting with duties such as registration.

“I built this for people who don’t know where to start,” explains Akhenblit of “When you don’t know what you’re doing, it might be a bit confusing but we help people. Our platform brings together like-minded individuals who are making things happen for themselves and their businesses. If you’re someone who is looking to build your professional network the signature event is for you. If you’re more advanced in your networking this is great, too, because you can walk in the room and you know what you’re doing.” Every day people are moving to the valley, changing careers and starting new businesses so the networking is valuable and never the same experience twice.

Those who network come from an incredibly diverse collection of industries and businesses including chiropractors, spa owners, CEOs, business and marketing specialists, pet and house sitters, trainers and coaches, insurance and financial services experts, retail store owners, real estate agents and host of other professionals. “Anybody and everybody under the sun that you can think of will be there,” adds Akhenblit. What you do with your newly found networking associates is limited only to your collaborative imagination! is an intuitive and user-friendly website where anyone can network with other professionals for free and have access to valuable networking resources, upcoming events and ongoing educational materials. “Every week when I sent out my email promoting events, members will get three events customized just for them based on their profile, demographics and location,” says Akhenblit. “That’s a free service for everyone.”

For those that want a more involved and richer experience from their networking experience with there is a Networking Passport membership with a small monthly or money-saving annual fee. “Members can attend 40 or more events per month and get customized leads. So if someone was looking for chiropractors in the Scottsdale area, you can go in and select that online and then every time our system finds a match, they’ll get an email notification that there is someone that meets that specific criteria,” says Akhenblit. Weekly educational seminars are also provided for passport members as well as a service that will pair you up with a like-minded networking buddy so they can network with the ultimate confidence. is an extremely valuable resource that is helpful at any level of membership and with a helpful and knowledgeable co-founder and staff to assist members; it is no wonder that the company boasts a membership of more than 31,000 people.

“When I started this, I did not know what I was doing for the first few years. But I created something valuable and it just took off,” finishes Akhenblit.

After all, your business may not just depend on what you know, it will benefit from who you know! For additional information and to set up your free members ship with visit or call 602-492-9725.