There’s a new networking group in town. The Princeton Business Card Exchange is planning to meet once a month for a structured “speed networking” meeting to make new business contacts. A meeting is set for Thursday, July 16, from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Clarion Inn (Palmer Inn) at 3499 Route 1 South.

Organizer John Ruela explains the concept:

“The exchange is like speed dating for professionals. It evolved from the speed dating model of meeting a lot of people in a short amount of time. Speed networking is a structured process for facilitating introductions and conversation between people who don’t know each other. The model is employed at events for chamber of commerce groups, professional organizations, marketing and corporate professionals to develop relationships among participants.

“We use a structured interaction with a common thread being the rotation of participants in groups of three to six depending on how many attendees so that each person gets the opportunity to interact with every other person attending the event. Each participant is allotted a period of time to introduce her/himself which will vary from 30 seconds to five minutes depending on the size of the group we will have.”

The cost is $15 for room, coffee, juice, and bagels. For more information or to attend E-Mail Ruela at jaruela@aim.com or call 609-384-4961. Space is limited.

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