For some young professionals, networking in Tampa can be difficult. It's a large city, and navigating the business community is next to impossible if you don't have a little help. Enter Red Carpet Monday: a networking group designed for upscale professionals to aid in meeting others in their community.

Red Carpet Monday was created to "provide successful business professionals and entrepreneurs a place to unwind while socializing, networking, and sharing business ideas with other like-minded individuals." As a networking events company, they are changing the way area professionals connect with each another. Although they have hosted events in Tampa since 2007, they've made a big impact in the city's business community through their quarterly events that host an average of 200 attendees, and are responsible for connecting thousands of professionals through hundreds of professional networking events in their 12-year history.

If you're a smart, savvy mover and shaker in Tampa (of course you are!), you'll want to go to Red Carpet Mondays on the regular.

Red Carpet Monday events go beyond the boring networking format, and is known as a Social Business Network. They offer online and offline social and business networking opportunities for professionals across the Tampa Bay area. When participants create a profile on the Red Carpet Monday website, they'll receive invitations to quarterly networking events to connect with like-minded professionals inside and outside of their industry, and their online platform also allows you to continue building relationships after events are done.

RCM managing partner Ryan Deming says the online platform allows "business owners and entrepreneurs are able to create in-depth business profiles featuring their company’s services, contact information, along with a personal bio, picture, and interests on our newly designed Social Business Network." The online component allows participants to better market themselves to prospective contacts and maximize exposure. "Our goal is to associate each member with their business," says Deming.

The quarterly events are hosted by some of the area's most fun and trendy establishments. And venues change each quarter, so you'll never be bored. At each event there are drink specials, a variety of appetizers, and a DJ spinning cool music. Upon entry you'll receive two drink tickets as well as some raffle tickets where you could win anything from gift cards to high-end establishments to exclusive day spa passes.  

At most networking events, you're stuck sifting through a sea of people trying to find someone that A) is in your industry B) you actually want to talk to and C) actually wants to talk to you. Red Carpet Monday events are different, and for those who wish to up their networking game, membership options are also available. For just $130.00 a year, members can attend Red Carpet Monday events and have access to their exclusive database. Aside from attracting a more regular crowd so you'll see a few of the same people at each event, you'll be able to instantly identify people from your industry. Your guest name tag is color-coded, so making contacts based on industry or profession is a breeze. You'll maximize your time spent and meeting new people. Plus it makes you and your area of expertise visible to an entire room full of potential clients, leads, and contacts. It's a win-win for everyone! 

Red Carpet Monday​ is in five markets presently, and membership gives you access to over twenty-five thousand professionals within the growing RCM network. You can network and attend events in other cities that include Orlando, Dallas, Ft. Lauderdale, Atlanta, and Jacksonville, allowing you connect with professionals in other major markets and making you an even bigger mover and shaker than you were before.

Check our Red Carpet Mondays if you want to grow your professional network and have fun while doing it. You'll never be bored!

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