Greg Hoffman



Tampa Bay Area Online Networking Group Marks Two-Year Anniversary

Seminole, FL January 10 2005--The Tampa Bay Business online networking group celebrates its twp-year anniversary on February 17, 2005. The Yahoo group consists of more than 250 local business professionals who meet online and share information on a daily basis.

Online networking is a strong new marketing tool used by the business community to gain an edge on competition. It’s not meant to replace face-to-face events, rather to help prepare members to network more efficiently.

The Tampa Bay Business group has produced nearly 3,000 messages in the last year on a wide variety of topics. Two local business leaders help moderate its professionalism and usefulness for other members. "For the time invested, online networking can provide a bigger payback than networking face-to-face," says Denise O'Berry, group co-owner. "Online, you never have to fight traffic, suffer through bad speakers or show up someplace at an inconvenient time. It’s something you can do even at three in the morning in your pajamas."

“Everyone has their own reason for participating in our online community, whether it's new business development, looking for advice or finding a mentor,” said Greg Hoffman, Founder of the group and Chief Marketing Officer for Interpact Inc.

Many small businesses regardless of industry have the same challenges, said Peter Radizeski, President of RAD-INFO, Inc. “The group allows me to see that others face similar challenges and sometimes it even helps me find a solution or two.”

Charles J. Dudek, President of ProfitSmart Marketing enjoys the stimulating discussions and the amount of information he can use as a result. “Many of the members are master networkers and can be very helpful when you're trying to find insight into a local company,” Dudek said.

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