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What Is Connect Santa Barbara?

Connect Santa Barbara is a different, fun and welcoming business networking group that embraces new members. You won't be hounded for leads or attacked by people trying to sell you something. The first visit is free and the cost is only $5 per meeting after that (cash only). A business card wall is available to members after their second visit to make it easy for others to find and use your services. We meet every Friday and you are welcome to attend every week, every 2 weeks or once a month - whatever works for you. Coffee, tea and snacks are provided and you are welcome to bring something to share! We meet in the auditorium at the First Methodist Church, 305 E. Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. This is not a church sponsored event and there is no religious content or affiliation.

What Is The Program?

  • Set up and mingle from 8:00 a.m. - 8:15ish a.m.
  • Meeting starts between 8:15 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. We begin by welcoming new visitors and then everyone is given 30-60 seconds to give their elevator pitch (the amount of time depends on how many people are in the group that day)
  • Coffee and social break from 8:50 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
  • Presentation by a group member (members sign up in advance for this) from 9:00 a.m. - 9:10 a.m.  
  • Members share shoutouts, events announcements and give away door prizes (chocolate, wine, services, etc.) from 9:10 a.m. - 9:20 a.m.
  • Take down and social time till 9:30 a.m.

Promote Your Business

Connect Santa Barbara lets you meet other business owners in the area who want to know who you are and what you do. Bring business cards, brochures, flyers and other materials to share. You'll be given a chance to give your 30-second elevator pitch to the entire group.

Create a Sales Force

By educating other well connected individuals about your products or services, you can create a multiplier effect and get yourself known well beyond your immediate circle. This is a great way to expand your sphere of influence!

Welcoming group

Do it all in a welcoming, friendly atmosphere of people much like yourself who are here to find connections and expand their business. This is a great environment to perfect your elevator pitch, meet like-minded entrepreneurs and create long-lasting relationships.


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Please feel free to contact us with any questions!