5 Networking Opportunities for Tucson Entrepreneurs and Freelancers

Startup Coffee at Connect Coworking

Tucson’s startup scene is accelerating quickly thanks to its eager participants, from tech companies to freelancers to non-profits. Whether you’re new in town or a serial entrepreneur, knowing where to meet and network with these like-minded innovators is crucial to your success. Luckily, Tucson harbors a dedicated community of entrepreneurs who come together regularly to talk shop, support, and mentor one another. Dive into the scene like a pro with these five networking opportunities in Tucson:

  1. Startup Coffee
    Rise and grind, Tucson! Get to know local business heroes, newcomers, and everyone in between over your morning coffee. This networking haven also hosts a rotating speaker each week, so you’ll get a chance to hear from another local business on a range of entrepreneur-focused topics.
    Wednesday mornings at Connect Coworking at 8am. Cost: free. Coffee included.
  2. Tucson Freelancers Union SPARK
    Inspiration is just around the corner. With a guest facilitator and new topic each month, this event is ideal for freelancers looking to get educated and inspired on a host of topics from writing proposals to filing taxes. Workshop your latest and learn new strategies to succeed from other Tucson area freelancers at this monthly networking event.
    First Wednesday of every month at Connect Coworking. RSVP for the next one on Eventbrite. Cost: free.
  3. Tucson Young Professionals Monthly Mixers
    Calling all YoPros! Tucson Young Professionals (TYP) connects leaders between the ages of 21 and 45 for monthly mixers, plus other events like CEO roundtables. Get to know your community’s leaders of tomorrow, while making smart networking connections to grow your career.
    Monthly at rotating venues. Cost: $5, free for TYP members and UA alumni.
  4. Networking Entrepreneurs of Tucson (NET)
    “Where small business meets to do big business!” Those in search of a more formalized networking process will meet their match at NET. Accepting only one member per occupation keeps this networking meetup exclusive, and their strong emphasis on member-to-member referrals proves that this group is dedicated to quality networking connections that grow local businesses.
    2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month, 7:25 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. at Mimi’s Cafe. Cost: $90 per quarter plus $50 to apply, $15 as a guest. Breakfast included.
  5. Small Business Growth Summit
    Hone in on your marketing approach with advice from local pros. Businesses focused on growth through marketing come together at the Small Business Growth Summit to swap tips and work toward marketing goals. Plus, their meetings provide education on marketing and entrepreneurship topics, from social media insights to compelling content.
    At Comfort Suites Tucson. RSVP for the next one on Meetup. Cost: $35, free for members and first-time attendees. Lunch included.



Written by Fiona Sands, Community Administrator

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