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Learn about the recently launched LOOP networking events that offer monthly opportunities to learn new skills and get expert advice on trending topics.

Michelle Vondrell, Founder of LOOP Networking

Get in the loop about who and what’s in the loop. That’s the idea behind the new monthly LOOP networking events, which Michelle Vondrell recently launched to help Cincinnati professionals network with others representing businesses based in and around the Interstate 275 loop.

The idea began with Vondrell’s conversation with her mentor and it’s turned an organized effort to help other local business owners and professionals get connected and be inspired. “We decided to take the things that have the biggest value and create it,” Vondrell says. “Speakers with trending topics and an open forum. We call it ‘Vistage’ light.”

The LOOP events showcase a speaker that discusses a trending topic, and then continues on with open question time with the speaker. “It was designed originally for solo entrepreneurs like myself who have a lot on our plate to run, design, market and actually run the business,” Vondrell says. “We knew that there are many others like us in the city.”

Vondrell wanted to combine all of the positive attributes she saw in networking events with the traits that add the most value for attendees. After a successful launch, Vondrell says, their events attract business owners, entrepreneurs, bloggers and a variety of other professionals.

“Everyone was able to leave with great notes, actions, plans, etc.,” Vondrell says. “The open question time is so valuable. People are able to ask real questions, and receive real answers.”

The topics for the LOOP events are decided by Vondrell and Bambi Merz based on what they believe will offer the most value for local business people. “Bambi and myself are in the community and very connected,” Vondrell explains. “We ask a lot of questions, and of course running our own businesses certainly assists with the ideas.”

The first LOOP event was facilitated by Rick Barron, who is an expert in SEO, and discussed why businesses might not rank first in Google for the most important keywords. The second LOOP event was facilitated by Kendra Ramirez, who works as a digital strategy, training, and consultant in the Cincinnati area. She gave advice on using Twitter for business to show how to use certain tools to increase engagement and productivity.

The next event LOOP event takes place on April 11 at the UNO Pizzeria and Grill in West Chester, and Vondrell says, “Guests can expect to leave with real time answers for real questions happening every day in their business.”

To learn more, visit LOOP Networking on Facebook.