Get Involved in Your Local Chamber of Commerce
One of the best ways to network with the most prominent businesspeople in your city and the surrounding areas is to start attending meetings of your local chamber of commerce -- either the larger one or smaller sub-chambers if your area has them. Maybe even consider becoming an officer.
It’ll show your commitment to your community and cement you as an important member of your local business community. Plus, you’ll get to see first-hand what’s going on in your community in terms of economic development, which can be a big boon for your agency. For instance, if a new manufacturing plant is coming to your town and with it lots of people moving in from outside the state, that means plenty of potential customers are headed your way, all with similar needs you can be there to help them with.