Networking NWA TechFest 2018

Have a business in Northwest Arkansas and want to connect with new people? It’s time for you to hit the local networking scene!

This region has a long roster of networking events designed to help you connect and grow professionally. We’ve compiled a list (sorted by town) of the best networking events to attend throughout Northwest Arkansas.

To make life so much easier NWA Networking has an up-to-date calendar with upcoming networking events. Click to add them to your own calendar.

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Northwest Arkansas Networking List

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Bentonville

Fayetteville

Lowell

Rogers

Siloam Springs

Springdale

The Gig Community Northwest Arkansas

Bentonville

1 Million Cups 
Every Wednesday, 8 – 9am, The Exchange

A weekly event that brings together entrepreneurs and the Bentonville community over coffee and conversations. They’re always looking for people to present – a great way to get exposure for your business!

Benton County Business After Hours
Annually, Varying Locations

The Benton County Business After Hours is held in mid-January each year in conjunction with the Bentonville/Bella Vista and Rogers-Lowell Chambers of Commerce, usually in a Chamber member business in the Rogers or Bentonville area.  Around 250 people attend this large networking event this year to promote their businesses to a much larger audience

Business After Hours
Monthly, 5 – 6:30pm, Varying Locations

High-energy, after-hours networking events that allow Chamber members to network with each other in a relaxed, informal setting. Get to know other business professionals in the community by attending these events.

Connecting Professionals Networking Coffee
Every Thursday (except the 2nd Thursday), 8 – 9am, Lenny’s Sub Shop Bentonville

A networking event that seeks to promote collaboration and networking in the Northwest Arkansas area. Join this event to connect with new business colleagues and increase your contacts.

First Thursday Retail Connection
Monthly, 5:30 – 7:30pm, Varying Locations

See the forum where retail super connections happen.

Sunny Side of Leadership Breakfast Series
Monthly, 7 – 8:30am, DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel, Bentonville

Monthly speaker and panel series featuring local leaders and an opportunity to network with other professionals, all while giving back to an important cause. Hosted by Havenwood, a two year program designed to help single mothers overcome the barriers in their lives while providing transitional housing for them and their children in a supportive environment.

Women Talk Tech Inclusion
Varying Dates, Times & Locations

This group is for females currently in a tech career or pursuing STEM education. If you are looking for employment, make sure to bring a resume to our events! We will discuss the motivation and obstacles for women in STEM careers and how to foster inclusion in the workplace.

Fayetteville

AIGA Northwest Arkansas
Monthly, Varying Locations

AIGA hosts a monthly Design Drinking event hosting a guest speaker. AIGA NWA works to advance design as a professional craft, strategic advantage, and vital cultural force here in Northwest Arkansas.

Creative Referral Network Fayetteville
Every Friday, 8:15 – 9:30am, Firehouse Subs (Fayetteville)

Come join us at Firehouse Subs located at 1364 East Augustine Lane, next to Lindsey & Associates and behind Mason’s, off Joyce in Fayetteville at 8:15 a.m. every Friday, for our Creative Referral Network Meeting. Have a cup of coffee, coke, or tea and get your Friday started off right! We’ll greet you with a warm welcome and Jim White (owner) has been known to even allow us to purchase a sub as we walk out the door!

Coffee+E
Bi-monthly, Varying Locations

Coffee+E is a bi monthly morning networking event hosted by Startup Junkie. The event gives entrepreneurs, creatives, inventors, and innovators a time to establish relationships and engage in some creative collisions.

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Monthly, Varying Times & Locations

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Fayetteville Professionals Night Out
Monthly, Butterfield Trail Village, 5 – 6:30pm

Chamber members and guests are invited to join us for a fun, fabulous Fayetteville Professionals Night Out networking event at Butterfield Trail Village. Enjoy complimentary snacks and drinks, enter to win door prizes, and network with other members of the Fayetteville Chamber family!

NWA Professional Women’s Book Club
Every second Tuesday, 6 – 7pm, Varying Locations

This book club is a place where women gather to meet each other, and discuss books relating to business, entrepreneurship, and women’s experiences in the workforce. Whether you’re an executive, manager, employee, student, stay-at-home mom or something in between, this book club will offer you community and networking opportunities.

WordPress Fayetteville Meetup Group
Monthly, 6 – 7:45pm, Startup Junkie HQ

A community of WordPress users and developers meet regularly to discuss using the WordPress platform for websites, blogs, business and more.

Lowell

WIN After Hours
Monthly, 5:30 – 7:30pm, Varying Location

Free after hours networking event usually held at a different location with drinks and food provided.

Rogers

Business On The Bricks

Every Tuesday, 8:15 – 9:30am, Brick Street Brews (Rogers)

Networking in downtown Rogers.

Central Referral Connection
Every Wednesday, 8:15 – 9:30am, Golden Corral (Rogers)

Central Referral Connection is a free weekly networking organization centrally located in Rogers, Arkansas.

Creative Referral Network
Every Friday, 8:15 – 9:30am, Harding University (Rogers)

Our humble little group was the first weekly grass roots networking group to answer the desire for more frequent networking. It sparked a revolution that changed the way we do business in Northwest Arkansas.

Coffee Connection
Monthly, 7:30 – 8:30am, Varying Locations

Set your alarm early, and join us for Coffee Connection, the fastest growing morning business-building networking event in town! You’ll enjoy casual networking, a yummy light breakfast, delicious coffee and some great door prizes!

The Gig Community
Bi-Monthly, Varying Times & Locations

The Gig Community is open to any Northwest Arkansas worker who earns part of their income from contract or “freelance” work. This could include everything from self-employed creatives, to direct sales representatives, to various self-employed service providers such as real estate agents and technical skills workers.

Hustle in Heels
Monthly, 11.30am – 1pm, Varying Locations

Women come together to have lunch and hear inspirational speakers discuss important issues affecting professional women.

Northwest Arkansas Developers Group
Monthly, 6 – 8pm, Fosters Pint & Plate (Rogers)

The Northwest Arkansas Developers Group (formerly Northwest Arkansas .NET Users Group) is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to the promotion, education, and adoption of technologies to develop applications and websites. We strive to provide an environment for professionals to network in Northwest Arkansas to foster the free exchange of ideas and information. We hold monthly meetings that have presentations that allow you to keep up to date on the latest emerging technologies as well as providing practical skills you can apply immediately.

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Monthly, 5:30 – 7:30pm Growler (Rogers)

It is a mix-and-mingle, after-hours business networking event and all may attend. Unlike other evening networking events, admission is free of charge, there are no boring speakers and no one is trying to sell you anything. Bring your old friends, make new friends and create your next meaningful business connection.

NWA Emerging Leaders
Monthly, Varying Locations

NWA Emerging Leaders is an initiative of the Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce. They host regular networking events in Rogers, Lowell, and on occasion, in Fayetteville.

Women in Networking Luncheon
Monthly, 11:30am – 1pm, Bonefish Grill (Rogers)

Attendees pay for lunch, have the opportunity to network with over a hundred women, hear from speakers and have the chance to win prizes. Women in Networking (WIN) NWA, strives to unite professional women of all industries who share a passion for creating and developing business referral relationships in Northwest Arkansas.

Siloam Springs

First Friday Coffee
Monthly, 7:30 – 8am, Varying Locations

The most well attended networking opportunity for Chamber members is held the first Friday of each month at a Chamber member business. An average of 70 people get together from 7:30 am – 8:00 am at a different member business to network, enjoy breakfast snacks, and win an occasional door prize.

Small Business Alliance
Quarterly, 12 – 1pm, Varying Locations

The Chamber considers small businesses to be between 1-50 employees. This group makes up the largest percentage of our membership. This quarterly meeting, held every 5th Monday, is focused on topics to benefit the small business. The free luncheon meeting is held from noon until 1:00 pm at various locations and welcomes anyone interested in the topics provided.

HR Roundtable
Quarterly, 11:30 – 1pm, Varying Locations

Human Resource professionals and those who do the HR function for their business are welcome members of this group. This group meets every 5th Thursday of a month from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm to discuss HR issues and hear from speakers.

Marketing Roundtable
Quarterly, 12 – 1pm, Varying Locations

Started in Fall 2012, the Marketing Roundtable provides an opportunity for those doing the marketing function of their business to get some ideas, to find vendors, and to share information concerning marking to any target market for any size business. Meetings are held the 5th Friday of a month every quarter from noon until 1:00 pm, which includes a sponsored lunch.

Springdale

Conexión de Negocios Latinos
Monthly, 8:30 – 9:30am, Western Arkansas Title Services (Springdale)

Somos una organización que busca conectar todos los negocios latinos en el Noroeste de Arkansas. Nuestro propósito es promover, educar, y apoyar a los emprendedores Latinos de la zona e integrarlos.

Morning Brew
Every Thursday, 8:30 – 9:15am, Varying Locations

Northwest Arkansas’ most popular morning networking event is the Chamber’s Morning Brew. Every Thursday morning, from 8:30 a.m. until 9:15 a.m., more than 100 members of Springdale’s business community gathers at a different business. Attendees have the opportunity to make announcements and hear from the host business. First time attendees are introduced each week as well. Fun door prizes and breakfast refreshments top off the fast-paced event. Cost is $2 per person unless you have a Networking Pass.

NWA Business Networking
Monthly, 8:15 – 11.15am, Onyx Coffee Lab (Springdale)

The purpose of this group is to create a networking community of small and medium size business owners. The group is going to have regular meetings, allowing member opportunities to share about their business, what products or services they offer and any promotions they are currently running. We encourage you to bring business cards and brochures.

Want To Add Your Networking Event To The List?

This page will be kept fresh and up-to-date. If you know of any NWA networking events that aren’t on this list please let us know!