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Taking over with Web 2.0

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I am beyond excited that tomorrow we will be announcing the launch of the Washington DC Design and Construction Network website! As many of you know we have been working to bridge the gap between online and in person networking since the establishment of the Washington DC Design and Construction Network in November 2008. The rollout of this website sets the stage for the second step in bridging this gap. Keep reading if you want to find out what makes this website so different and why it is so important to the Network.

Taking Over

Tomorrow I will also be announcing that we have arranged to take over an entire restaurant in Arlington Virginia for our second Happy Hour! That is right; the restaurant will be closed to the general public and open to the members of the Washington DC Design and Construction Network. As you may recall from my post Online Networking meets Real Networking, we beyond exceeded the room capacity for our first Happy Hour. It is great to see how this event has so rapidly grown to the next level, clearly showing the power of combining social (online) networking and in person networking!

The link between a Happy Hour and a website: Web 2.0

Web 2.0 is about creating value and information while web 1.0 was (and is) all about setting up a site that reads like a brochure. What makes the Washington DC Design and Construction Network website so different isn’t the HTML, it is in the information we are providing through the site! Take a look and you will find links to all of the local procurement websites, feeds from the Washington Business Journal updated every 5 minutes, places to network with other members of the group, and an official Network MBE Directory.

Why

To Build Relationships! Success in life comes from relationships, both personally and professionally. As all of you in the Cofebuz network already know, the best way to build relationships by selflessly helping others. So why not expand on this idea? What would happen if each of us didn’t just help a handful of people but instead tried to help thousands?!  Whatever the outcome, it will be a fun case-study. I look forward to sharing the results of our little experiment with you here at Cofebuz!


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Posted by on March 12, 2009.

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Categories: Networking, Relationships, Social Networking

4 Responses

  1. Tim,

    First off…great job on the Washington DC Design and Construction Network. Its an interesting idea and I’m glad that it is working out so well for everybody involved.

    by Matt Handal on Mar 13, 2009 at 10:56 am

  2. Tim,

    Thank you for adding the MBE directory to your website, and for putting together such an incredible resource with the DC Design & Construction Network. It is amazing how LinkedIn has enabled our company to reach out to the industry more effectively than traditional networking methods. I look forward to helping this continue to grow:)

    by Kevin Smith on Mar 15, 2009 at 4:12 pm

  3. Matt & Kevin-
    Thank you both for the feedback, it is great to have both of you in the Network!
    Tim

    by Tim Klabunde on Mar 15, 2009 at 5:14 pm

  4. [...] I received multiple calls and e-mails from people across the United States that wanted to take the Washington DC Design and Construction Network concept to their region. Through these conversations it has become clear that the concept is larger [...]

    by The Network goes National | cofebuz on Mar 16, 2009 at 6:07 am

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Tim Klabunde is a Fellow from Johns Hopkins University and the Director of Marketing for Timmons Group, an ENR Top 500 Design Firm. His track record includes work for notable public companies in addition to some of the largest private design and construction firms in the country. An avid writer and speaker Tim has been […]more →

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