Regarding the latter, I was researching today on tips for operating an etsy shop (if you have not heard of Etsy.com, GO NOW and check it out!). I created my etsy profile last night and look forward to opening my shop soon, thus the research. Anyway, I encountered this great article, "How to Network Offline," where author and etsy seller, Laura Bray, shares five tips for building a business through networking. They are as follows:
1. shop local networking venues (like the Chamber of Commerce, industry groups, etc.)
2. once you plug in, be an active member
3. make a point to meet people
5. keep in touch
If you own your own business, or are just looking for some tips to advance yourself professionally in your current job, Bray's article is packed full of suggestions worth taking. I, for one, plan on adopting them right away.