If you’re looking for a “fun, relaxed environment without the pressures of many other networking events,” you got to get to a GETDOT function. Job seekers will find the added bonus of plenty of recruiters.
“Chip and I started GETDOT to create a venue for folks that wanted to get together in a relaxed environment where they can build stronger relationships while having fun,” says co-founder Scott Boles, a Business Development Manager for HR outsourcing firm Sequent. He and Chip Ramsey, a Business Development Manager for staffing company Spherion, started the networking group in 2005. “We started with many in HR and recruiting and it’s still is a major part of our membership, but we have expanded into all types of vertical markets.”
“It was an opportunity to give our personal and professional contacts the opportunity to connect and meet those they wanted, not being forced to exchange business cards in a formal setting,” adds Ramsey. “Helping those in-transition, passively seeking employment and looking for better opportunities developed over time. Great businesses in central Ohio are also represented by key contacts in the HR, operations, legal and procurement worlds. Fortunately, it’s sometimes about WHO you know. That’s what networking, and GETDOT, is all about!”
GETDOT, which meets about 10 times a year, is more than just networking, though. It also provides funding for children’s organizations such as Ronald McDonald House, the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation, TriVillage Mentor League, West Broad Elementary School and The Salvation Army. Its last event, “Networking Frightfest” at Brother’s Bar & Grill on October 21, raised $800 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). “Our board meets after each event to review our successes, brainstorm ideas for upcoming events and develop relationships with local children’s charities,” says Ramsey.
“When we started GETDOT, it did stand for ‘Good Excuse To Drink on Thursday,’” concedes Boles. But I would say that now it’s a ‘Great Excuse To Donate On Thursday.’” Alcohol is not necessary to enjoy yourself at a GETDOT event, he stresses.
GETDOT has just under 1500 members, but welcomes more. “We’re always looking for new members who want to build solid friendships and relationships in the interest of helping one another in business,” says Boles. To join, ask to join the GETDOT group on LinkedIn (which is linked from the GETDOT website).
GETDOT’s next event is “Shots for Tots” at Bar Louie (Easton) on December 2, 2010. The event is one of its flagship events and highly attended, says Boles, who expects over 200 members will attend. Networkers are asked bring toys and in-kind donations to benefit Franklin County Children Services.